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We have the honour of inviting you to the 2024 New Zealand Open and the NZ National Secondary Schools' Karate Competitions in Christchurch. 

This event is open to New Zealand Karate-ka and competitors aged 5 years to veterans from other countries.

Date:           Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July 2024

Venue:        Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre, 75 Lyttelton Street, Somerfield, Christchurch 8024

We look forward to seeing you there!



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

Weigh-In Times: TBC


Provisional Competition Times:

Saturday 6th July:        Starting 9:00 am

Sunday 7th July:           Starting 9:00 am



Karate clubs or countries must seek entry permission for their competitors. Entry permission is required at the club or country level, not at the individual athlete level. A delegate from each club must complete all entries and payments. When paying entry fees by Internet banking, please note that the payment is for the NZ Open. 

Individual competitors do not permit payment; countries and clubs pay as a single combined payment. If required, refunds will be paid back to Countries or Clubs.

Clubs must register before Saturday, 15th June, to complete their entries.



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

Under 14 Years

  5 to 13 Years Old


Cadets & Juniors

  14 to 17 Years Old



  18 to 20 Years Old



  Kata - 16 Years Old and older

  Kumite - 18 Years Old and older



  35 Years to 44 Years


Super Veterans

  45 Years and Older


Team Events

  Team Kata and Team Kumite

$45.00 each Team


NZ National SS Comps



NZ National SS Comps

  U16 & U19


ALL ENTRIES MUST BE ENTERED ONLINE IN SPORTDATA VIA YOUR COUNTRY OR 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. Each club is responsible for making its athletes aware of the contents of the DISCLAIMER.

  • All entries, players and coaches, must be entered on Sportdata by 6:00 pm SATURDAY 15th JUNE 2024. 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 must be paid as one club payment by 6:00 pm Monday, June 17th, 2024. PAYMENT OF ENTRY FEES BY INTERNET BANKING TO CWKA [Internet Banking Westpac Account: 03 1597 0049767 00]—add your country/ club name with 'NZOPEN-24' in the bank reference.

  • International payment details... 
    Bank: Westpac Banking Corporation NZ
    Branch: The Palms
    Account Holder Name: Canterbury/Westland Karate Assn Inc
    Account number: 03 1597 0049767 00
    Street address 1: 20-22 Marshland Road
    Street address 2: Shirley
    City: Christchurch
    Post Code: 8061
    Country: New Zealand

Please note:

  • All teams and clubs must register in Sportdata to enter players, coaches, referees and officials.

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

  • Kata and Kumite teams for U10, U14, cadets, juniors and seniors must be entered by their dojo/country.

  • For the National Secondary School events, this is open only to students enrolled at New Zealand schools. A form will be available in the downloads and must be filled out by each competitor and sent to before Wednesday, June 19th. If a sibling is at the same school, in Year 9 and above, and attends the same club/dojo, they can share the same form. The entry stays on the waiting list if the form is not received in time. The form is the NZ National Secondary Schools' Karate Competitions Roster. The form must be filled out by the school where the student is enrolled, and the Karate Club attended by that competitor. The age eligibility for the NZ National SS events is based on the competitor's age as of January 1, 2024.



  • During the bow at the beginning of the tournament, all players must be in Gi or Country/ Club tracksuits and present themselves correctly. 

  • Coaches must wear their country/ club tracksuits.

  • Coaches will need current photo identification on Sportdata (similar to 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; this includes Team Kata events.

  • 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.

  • WKF Rules will be applied as this is an Open Grade 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/Countries/Clubs, please update your player and coach information in the Sportdata system; athletes get older, heavier/lighter and change grades. (The Sportdata system will only adjust age – not weight or grade).

  • To clarify, if competitors from the Cadet, Junior, U21, and Senior categories—Male and Female—enter the Kumite Open, they will initially compete within their respective weight divisions. Following this, the Male and Female entries will be placed into a separate combined Open event for the Cadet, Junior, and Senior categories, where all weight classes are combined. If a competitor wishes to opt out of this combined event, arrangements can be made closer to the NZ Open.




WKF Kata 2024 rules will apply with the following modifications:

Individual Kata:

  • For Cadet age and older 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 2024 WKF rules for more details.

  • For 10 to 13 years aged competitors - any approved WKF Kata. ABAB - may repeat but not in consecutive rounds.

  •  Electronically scored Kata events, as per the WKF rules and table below. Please see the 2024 WKF rules for more detail.



NZ National Secondary Schools' Kata competitions

  • For U14 and U16 categories, any approved WKF Kata. ABAB - may repeat but not in consecutive rounds.

  • For U18 categories, any approved WKF Kata. No Repeats.


Team Kata:

  • 5 – 9 Years Old: WKF Kata can be repeated; no bunkai is required. Teams in this division can be mixed.

  • 10 – 13 Years Old: WKF Kata can be repeated; no bunkai is required.

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

  • Must be completed within 5 minutes, including Bunkai.

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 after completing the Kata. The competitor will be disqualified for failing to do so.



  • Depending on numbers, all Kumite divisions could be split into weight categories, 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:

  • 6 – 9 years old - 1.5 minutes

  • 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 & Super Veteran divisions (35 YO and above) - 2.0 minutes


Kumite Teams:

Clubs have the first call on their competitors; however, players within regions can form a regional team to maximise participation. Each team must be named in the entry and consist of two or three players. There is a limit of one team per club, region, or country for separate male and female divisions. The number of competitors in each team is specific to our KNZ competition and does not necessarily follow WKF standards.

  • 6-9 Years: {one player aged 6-7, another aged 7-8 years, and another 8-9 years]; a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 players in each team.

  • 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.

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



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 KUMITE COMPETITORS MUST WEAR Mouthguards, Body protectors (protection), Red and Blue belts, and Red and Blue hand mitts (matching their competing belts). Foot protectors must match the belt colour.

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

  • All male Kumite competitors must wear a groin protector.

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

  • Safety is our top priority in this tournament. Article 2 of the WKF Kumite Rules clearly states that for competitors under 14 years of age, the use of KNZ approved Helmet and External Chest Protector is compulsory. We urge all participants and their families to take head protection seriously and prioritise athlete safety.


This is to remind the competitors, coaches, supporters, the public, and event workers that 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!



2024.07.06 (09:00) - 2024.07.07 (18:00)

Entry deadline

2024.05.22 - 2024.06.15 (18:00)
Registration expired

Registration mode

Exact day (2024.07.06)

Time Zone

Pacific/Auckland (2024-07-18 13:18)




75 Lyttelton Street, Somerfield, Christchurch 8024

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All entries will be first on a waiting list and have to be attended by the event manager. The event manager manually moves these entries to the list of official entries after they are approved and / or after paying the entry fee. If you have any questions please contact the event manager.


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