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NEW ZEALAND CUP 2023 for Premier Divisions

We have the honour of inviting you to the NZ Cup for 2023.

This competition is Karate New Zealand’s first national Karate event for 2023 and will be hosted in Auckland. 

This event is open to premier New Zealand Karate-ka aged from 10 years old to the adult division.

We will provide the NZ Cup competition to our development and intermediate athletes later in the year.


Date:           Saturday 1st April 2023

Venue:        Auckland Netball Centre, 7 Allison Ferguson Drive, St Johns, Auckland 1072


We look forward to seeing you there!



Premier – age on 5th May 2023; to assist with Oceania Championships selections. This age will include Team Kata and Team Kumite. Categories only for Cadet, Junior, U21, and Adults.



Please consult the draw and timetable on the Sportdata website for final times closer to the tournament when competitor numbers are confirmed.


Saturday 1st April:          Beginning at 9:00 am



A delegate from each club must complete all entries and payments. When paying entry fees by internet banking, please ensure that you note that the payment is for NZ Cup. 

Payment is not permitted by individual competitors; clubs pay as a single combined payment. Refunds, if required, will be paid back to Clubs.



NZ Cup - Individual Entry     (Fees for the first individual event as below; plus $5 per additional individual event)

Mini to Cadets

10 to 15 Years Old



16 to 17 Years Old


Under 21

18 to 20 Years Old



Kata - 16 Years Old and older

Kumite - 18 Years Old and older


Team Events

Kata - Club Based

Kumite – Club-Based or Regional Teams

$45.00 each


ALL ENTRIES MUST BE ENTERED ONLINE IN SPORTDATA VIA YOUR CLUB INSTRUCTOR OR DESIGNATED PERSON. Whoever registers the athletes for their club in Sportdata is responsible for informing players, coaches, instructors, parents, and supporters of the Terms and Conditions | Health and Safety | Code of Conduct as written in the disclaimer - this can be seen in the DISCLAIMER. It is each club's responsibility to make their athletes aware of the contents of the DISCLAIMER.

  • All entries, players and coaches, must be entered on Sportdata by 6:00 pm SATURDAY 18th MARCH 2023. NO LATE ENTRIES OR CHANGES TO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED by the Tournament Organising Committee.  This will enable the tournament organisers to plan more effectively and publish the final timetable earlier. If there are insufficient entries in a particular division, then divisions may be combined or not held. 

  • All entry fees are paid as one club payment by 6:00 pm TUESDAY 28th March 2023 – 5 days before the competition. PAYMENT OF ENTRY FEES BY INTERNET BANKING TO KARATE NEW ZEALAND [Internet Banking Westpac Account:  03 0180 0177734 00] - add your club name with 'NZCUP Premier-23' in the bank reference.


Please note:

  • New Zealand Karate clubs need to register in Sportdata to enter players.

  • Only Karate-ka within New Zealand is eligible to compete.

  • Athletes and spectators may be photographed, or filmed for SKY TV live web streaming and may be used on a highlights package (with international viewing options). So anyone attending the venue on Saturday may be filmed. By attending, you give consent to potentially being filmed or interviewed.

  • Competitors competing in Premier individual Kata or Premier individual Kumite categories in this event cannot compete as a Development or Intermediate in that discipline (Kata and/or Kumite) in future competitions; i.e. after competing at this event, they are now referred to as Premier competitors in either one or both of Kata and Kumite.

  • Kumite teams will need to be entered by the club or the region. The club has the first call on players. The opportunity to enter as a regional team is to allow more players to be participating. Teams have to be entered by the entry deadline and named when entered.


  • During the bow at the beginning of the tournament, all players must be in Gi or Club tracksuits and present themselves correctly. Bow-ins under RED will be restricted to those in the venue at that time.

  • Coaches must wear their club tracksuits.

  • Coaches will need current photo identification on Sportdata (similar to NZ passport requirement) as photo ID will be on the above certification.

  • No unauthorised persons will be allowed on the tatami at any time.

  • Registered coaches should be able to practice First Aid and be aware of the signs of concussion

  • The Organising Committee reserves the right to withdraw, combine or change Event Categories if and when required up to 48 hours before the Competition Opening.

  • All players must present themselves to the Registration Table and register before their competitions. (Kumite players will be weighed) - Registration times will be posted once the timetable is finalised.

  • Clubs can register a maximum of six coaches. Coaches will require an up-to-date photograph in Sportdata. See guidelines for the checklist for photos.

  • WKF Rules will be applied for Premier Grades in this tournament.

  • All entries are final. Ensure all entries are completed correctly as incorrect age or weight information may result in disqualification from the tournament.

  • Coaches/Clubs, please ensure your player and coach information is updated in the Sportdata system; athletes get older and heavier/lighter and change grades. (The Sportdata system will only adjust age – not weight or grade).




WKF 2020 rules will apply with the following modifications:

Individual Kata:

  • Premier competitors - any approved WKF Kata. No Repeats as per WKF rules. Electronically scored Kata events, as per the WKF rules and table below. Please see the 2020 WKF rules for more detail.


WKF Kata System (as of 1.1.2020) used for Premier grades - the Number of Groups Kata Required








Zero (No second round)




Zero (no second round)




Medal Bout (only for gold)

5 to 10



Medal Bout

11 to 24



8 Competitors

25 to 48



16 Competitors

49 to 96



32 Competitors

97 or more



64 Competitors


Team Kata:

  • 14 – 17 Years Old: (Junior and Cadet) WKF Kata can be repeated, but not consecutively; Bunkai required for medal rounds; Ages: 14 - 17 Years Old, inclusive. NB: age band differs from previous NZ tournaments.

  • 16 Years plus: WKF Kata in all rounds, no repetition permitted, Bunkai required for medal rounds; Ages 16 - 99 Years Old, inclusive.

  • Must be completed within 5 minutes, including Bunkai.

  • There will be a maximum of two teams per club that can be entered in each male and female category - players entered in the team/s must be registered and financial members of the club entering.

  • Club Kata teams are to be named, in writing, before 10:00 am Saturday 19th March, and given to the Tournament Organising Committee - a form will be made available on the day.

NB: Competitors must announce the name of the Kata they will be performing before they start performing the Kata. They must also bow inside the competition area before starting and bow after completing the Kata. The competitor will be disqualified for failing to do so.



  • All Kumite divisions, depending on numbers, could be split into weight divisions, so please ensure your player's weight is correctly entered on Sportdata; otherwise, you may be disqualified from competing (non-WKF weight grades may differentiate weight grades).

  • WKF points, warning, and penalty systems will be used for all Kumite Events.

  • For ages 14 and over, the WKF rules will apply.


Kumite Bout Duration for Male and Female:

  • 10 – 17 years old - 2.0 minutes (as per WKF rules)

  • 18 years and older (U’21 and Senior) - 3.0 minutes (as per WKF Rules)

  • Veteran divisions (35 YO and above) - 3.0 minutes


Kumite Teams:

Clubs have first call on competitors however to maximise participation, players within regions can form a regional team. All teams are to be named in the entry with two or three players. There is a limit of two teams per club. The number of competitors in each team is for our KNZ competition (not necessarily WKF numbers). 

  • 10-13 Years: {one player aged 10-11, another aged 11-12 years, and another 12-13 years]; a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 players in each team.

  • 14-17 Years: {one player aged 14-15, another aged 15-16 years, and another 16-17 years]; a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 players in each team.

  • Female 18 years and older: a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 players in each team.

  • Male 18 years and older: a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 players in each team.

  • All Kumite teams are to be confirmed by name, in writing, before midday Saturday 19th March and given to the Tournament Organising Committee - a form will be made available on the day.



All competitors (Kumite and Kata) must wear a clean white Gi in good condition. 

  • Premier competitors must follow the WKF rules, i.e. white karate gi without stripes, piping, or personal embroidery.

  • ALL PREMIER KUMITE COMPETITORS MUST WEAR Mouthguards, Body protectors (protection), Red and Blue belts, and Red and blue hand mitts (matching the belt they are competing in). Foot protectors must match the belt colour.

  • All Equipment should be KNZ, Oceania, or WKF approved. The referees will give final approval.

  • Kumite competitors may wear their own groin protectors (WKF type)

  • Female Kumite 14-year-olds & above – advised to wear approved chest protectors (breast protectors) underneath the body protector.

  • Head protection is strongly suggested (not compulsory); a WKF face mask or other padded protection is deemed acceptable by the tournament organising committee.



Kumite and Flagged Kata events: 

  • With categories with only 3 competitors, if time allows, a ROUND ROBIN DRAW will be made.

  • With categories with 4-8 competitors, there will be a repechage for a single third place.

  • With categories with 9 or more competitors, there will be a repechage for two third-places.



A reminder to the players, coaches, supporters, the public, and event workers, if you are unwell, DO NOT ATTEND.

As part of Health and Safety, we need to be sure that player weights for Kumite are correct. Therefore, check that player weights for Kumite are accurate on Club information in Sportdata.

Incorrect weight category entered could result in disqualification from that particular event - no refund!



A full refund of the Entry Fee paid can only be given if a competitor withdraws before Monday 14th March 2023, as the draws will be finalised the next day. Refunds after this date will only be provided if a Medical Certificate is sent to the Organising Committee c/- . If your event has been cancelled due to a lack of numbers and you have not been reallocated to another event, you will be entitled to a refund for that portion of your entry fee.

PLEASE NOTE: It is the player’s responsibility to listen for events being called and to report to the Marshall on time. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.



 Information may be updated in preparation. However, this document will be dated to show current information. Any queries, don’t hesitate to contact the secretary of the National Coaching Council.

Correspondence C/-



A Tournament Disputes sub-committee will be organised to cater for any disputes during and after the tournament, This sub-committee will consist of three members from Referee and Coaching Councils. Any dispute, or concern, after the event, must submit the dispute/ concern in an email to and this will be dealt with in a timely manner.


Updated: 17 Mar '23



Entry deadline

2023.02.18 - 2023.03.18
Registration expired

Registration mode

Exact day (2023.05.05)

Time Zone

Pacific/Auckland (2024-04-13 05:09)




Auckland Netball Centre, 7 Allison Ferguson Drive, St Johns, Auckland 1072

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