TSNZ Information, announcements, and advice relating to the 2020 Covid-19 crisis will be added to this page as they become available.
The most recent items will be added to the top of this page.
17 August 2020 - Announcement
The Executive met last night (16 August) to review the TSNZ Covid Guidance document now that the timing of Level 3 for Auckland and Level 2 for the rest of NZ to continue until 26th August has been advised by the Government. This resulted in the following change, which is included in the 16 August version of the TSNZ Covid-19 Guidance (above):
Level 3 – no change to previous TSNZ Covid Guidance requirements.
Level 2 – existing school shooting programmes are now able to continue as long as there is no sharing of gear and the proper distancing, hygiene and contact tracing conditions are followed as per the Guidelines. All other previous requirements remain.
Thank you to all those Clubs and Members who are continuing to be involved and to coach, train and compete in these difficult times. The Executive will continue to review and update their advice as the Covid-19 situation in NZ progresses.
12 AUGUST 2020 - Announcement
With Auckland now in Covid Alert Level 3 and the rest of NZ in Level 2, the TSNZ Guidance above (dated 28 May) now re-applies.
The Executive will be meeting on Sunday to discuss further plans once the Government has given their updates on any future Level changes.
UPCOMING CHAMPS - as at 12 August:
The Auckland Open to be held in Howick on 15 August is postponed until further notice.
The Mid-Canterbury and Phoenix Champs on 15-16 August are going ahead as planned.
The Hawkes Bay and Hastings Champs on 15-16 August are going ahead as planned
Covid-19 Guidance update – Champs matches
29th May 2020
With a number of changes to Alert Level 2 operating from midday today (Friday 29th May), in particular the number for mass gatherings rising to 100, the TSNZ Executive have again updated the TSNZ Covid-19 Guidance:
The good news is that there is now the ability to run on-site Championship matches if Clubs and Associations so choose.
There are still some conditions to be considered around numbers, distancing, hygiene and food supply, and the new TSNZ Level 2 Risk Management document (above) gives helpful information on these.
We’re now working through the process of finding out from all the match organisers what they’d like to do – run their match as usual, postpone to another date, run it as a postal/online match, or cancel. As plans are confirmed the Season Calendar will be updated on our homepage, and another link to the information will be added to the TSNZ Covid-19 Announcements page for easy access.
So if you’re keen to get out and shoot some Champs matches, or to shoot some in a new postal format, keep an eye out for the CONFIRMED events.
AGM – the possibility of running the October AGM via a ZOOM link is currently being discussed. Associations have been asked to send in their feedback on this, and Members can check out this information on the MEMBERS / AGM - 2020 page.
2020 Championship Matches
22nd May 2020
The 2020 Indoor Championship season has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions placed by the NZ Government on travel, gathering sizes and physical distancing.
Due to these restrictions it is not practical to hold any Championship matches until NZ enters Alert Level 1.
Proposed changes to the North Island and South Island Championship calendars (below) were shared with Clubs and Associations on 13th May,
with matches missed at the start of the season in April and May being transferred to the end of the season, in September, October and November.
This was only a suggestion, and feedback was called for:
The few comments that were received all suggested that extending the season into October/November is not practical,
giving some or all of the following reasons:
The Executive discussed this feedback at their ZOOM meeting on 21st May
and have agreed that the concerns given are valid and those proposed draft Calendar changes (above) will now be scrapped.
So what now, for 2020 Championships?
Organisers of the matches in the calendar for the future will be contacted and asked what they would prefer to do. Options are:
Keep the date as planned and run as normal should Alert Level 1 be underway
Cancel for 2020
Postpone, and if so to what preferred date
Run the match as a postal/online version
Organisers of the matches that have already been missed will be contacted and asked what they would prefer to do. Options are:
Remain cancelled for 2020
Reschedule, and if so to what preferred date
Run the match as a postal/online version.
From this information TSNZ will then be able to update the Website calendar with confirmed dates and events, and
changes will be advised as they are confirmed.
CHAMPIONSHIP Matches confirmed with DATE CHANGES - as at 26 May:
Hawkes Bay & Hastings Opens - were 30th & 31st May - now 15th & 16th AUGUST.
Cambridge Open - was 13th June - now 26th September
CHAMPIONSHIP Matches confirmed as POSTAL EVENTS - as at 22 May:
Wanganui Open - was 27th June
Shoot 3 x 10-shot cards on your home range
between 21st and 27th June.
Entries close 20th June.
Entry fee $15 for all grades.
Results to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3pm 27th June.
Canterbury Champs - was 13th June
Shoot 3 x 10-shot strings
between 20th and 26th July.
Entries to email@example.com by 13th July.
Entry fee $20 per person.
Results to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm 27th July
May 13th 2020
Hi to all our Clubs, Associations, and Members,
In the current, rapidly changing COVID-19 environment, your Executive has been trying to keep up to date with all the changes and the implications for our Clubs and members.
I would like to thank all the Executive members who have assisted our Executive Officer to draft and revise the numerous documents we have prepared for you all, together with the time they spent in our many Zoom meetings.
Please accept that our efforts and interpretations of the COVID rules have been done with the best intentions to provide the correct information. When in doubt or we were unsure, we have erred on the side of caution.
The COVID-19 documents (links to these above) cover:
These documents are generally self-explanatory and are designed to assist the Clubs get ready for shooting again.
OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS - In addition, with the likelihood of moving to Level 1 in the not-too-distant future, we have reviewed the shooting calendar and the possibility of extending this year’s shooting programme. We have attached two draft calendars for consideration - on these the Champs matches missed at the start of the season have been transferred in their same order to later in the year. This is still very much a work-in-progress, and we invite your feedback on this if your Champs match is one of those affected. Please note that there is still the option of any Championship match remaining as cancelled if this is what the organisers prefer, or even to run the match as an “online by distance” version.
We also hope to extend and add to our Postal competitions, and will be providing more details in the near future.
Remember that your subscriptions and fees are still vitally important to enable us to support you, so please keep them coming in.
I would also like to thank everyone for their support of TSNZ’s efforts to keep you all safe and shooting, as soon as possible.
Thanks again and safe shooting.
ALERT LEVEL 2 - the detail:
Note that if you want to run an event in an “online by distance” version, the Executive would like to approve this in advance. Date changes for Champs will also need to be coordinated through the TSNZ office, and of course the plan may change further depending on when the move to Alert Level 1 happens.
Scores for Grading – if the indoor season is extended to cover the match date changes, then the dates for scores to be included in the Shooters Performance Card for grading will also be extended. More on this later.
CLUB GEAR – with there be no sharing of equipment at Alert Level 2, your Club may need more gloves or slings to cope. TSNZ Trading has a great deal available during May – see the COVID Special offer .
FUNDING – the Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund applications are now open, and Clubs and Associations can apply for up to $1,000 for fixed costs during April to June. However, if the Association owns the Range and has larger fixed costs related to this, they may be able to apply for the next level up (up to $40,000) – if this is relates to your range, you can contact the TSNZ office to discuss this.
Applications need to be made through your closest Sport NZ Regional Trust – click here to find out which applies to you, then go to their website for further information: https://sportnz.org.nz/about-us/who-we-are/how-we-invest/regional-sports-trusts/
If you have any questions about any of this information, please get in touch with the TSNZ Office.
May 7th 2020
The "outline" for Alert Level 2 has been released by the Government today (7th May), with far more detail now available than when the TSNZ Covid-19 Guidance document was put together back in April.
The TSNZ Executive are having their usual Executive Meeting, but via ZOOM, this Saturday (9th May), and reviewing the TSNZ Guidance based on the new Alert Level 2 information will be top of the list for discussion.
Everyone understands that our shooters and Clubs want to get back into action as soon as they can, and any changes to the Guidance will be announced next week as soon as they are available.
In the meantime, please make sure you continue to follow the Alert Level 3 procedures and stay safely in your bubbles.
May 7th 2020
Sport NZ have today announced a $25 million package to provide further short-term relief for the sport sector, and TSNZ Clubs and Associations will be able to apply for this.
Applications will open on Monday 11th May, and will be via your nearest Regional Sports Trust.
Clubs and Associations can apply for an immediate grant of up to $1,000 to cover their fixed costs for items such as rent, phone, power, and rates. All costs need to relate to the period April-June. Further information and the full press release follows:
Sport NZ announces further $25 million short-term relief package
Primary focus on clubs and regional organisations
Sport NZ has created a $25 million package to provide further short-term relief for organisations at all levels of sport and active recreation. The funds have been made available through savings achieved from the reprioritisation of Sport NZ’s work programme in the wake of COVID-19, as well as the drawing down on cash reserves.
Today’s announcement follows an initial package of support for Sport NZ and High Performance Sport NZ partners announced in early April. This provided financial certainty for National Sport and Recreation Organisations, Regional Sport Trusts others, with funding commitments totalling $70 million per annum. Partners were provided with flexibility on how these funds could be used to reflect the challenging circumstances resulting from COVID-19 through until 30 June 2021.
The second tranche of support announced today has a focus on providing relief for struggling local and regional sport and recreation organisations. This relief will be provided via a $15m Community Resilience Fund.
“Play, active recreation and sport have a key role in maintaining individual health and wellbeing, bringing our communities together and keeping these communities strong,” says Sport NZ CEO Peter Miskimmin.
“It is vital that organisations at all levels of our sector remain viable and are there when play, active recreation and sport can fully resume, and we believe we have structured this relief package in a way that will maximise its benefit at all levels of the sector for the greatest possible good.”
“Clubs and regional organisations are the heartbeat of our sector but have been among the hardest hit by COVID-19, particularly through the loss of Class 4 gaming revenue and membership fees and they need support now more than ever,” says Peter Miskimmin.
The Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund opens on Monday 11 May and will be administered through New Zealand’s 14 regional sports trusts due to the strength of their networks deep into their local sport and recreation communities. Eligible organisations can apply for a maximum of $1,000 for clubs and $40,000 for regional bodies.
Also included in Sport NZ’s $25 million relief package are:
Further details on these three funds will be announced over the coming weeks.
Sport NZ also continues to provide expert business capability support to its partners in areas such as finance, human resources and technology, as well as providing free employee wellbeing services and support in accessing the Government’s COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme.
More information on new $25 million short-term relief package and Sport NZ’s wider response to COVID-19 is available at sportnz.org.nz.
Group Media Manager, Sport NZ
T: 0278 385 710
April 22nd 2020
TSNZ realises that these are trying times for our Associations and Clubs, and we thank you all for your commitment to keeping members safe.
To assist in your Club activities and planning, TSNZ has developed the attached Covid-19 Guidance relating to changes in each Covid-19 Alert Level. Please note that this document is subject to chance, particularly if the Government advice around each Alert Level changes, and the most recent document will always be available on the TSNZ website.
We also understand that you will be unable to complete the Club or Association Affiliation form as normal with members’ names or Club numbers as Clubs have not met yet, so please leave that part of the form blank when you send in your 2020 Affiliation form.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
Teams of Ten update
April 21st 2020
The Teams of Ten event will be be hosted by the Manawatu Association in 2021, with the 2020 event now being officially cancelled.
Thank you Taranaki for your prompt response to Manawatu's request to host the 60th anniversary team shoot.
Taranaki will shift to hosting in 2022.Of course this all depends on the Covid 19 situation.
Stay safe everyone
2020 Membership Fees
April 1st 2020
Hello to our Associations, Clubs and members,
After the first week of lockdown, the TSNZ Executive hopes you are all safe, well, and coping with life within your bubble.
We appreciate that the lockdown phase and the period after will have a major impact on normal life and everyone's finances and we thank you for your patience as we work through the issues confronting all of us.
Having already cancelled many TSNZ events and recommending team shoots and Opens are also cancelled, many of you are wondering what is left of the indoor season and why you should pay any subscriptions, especially as many may be on reduced incomes.
Like you, TSNZ has numerous expenses every month, including insurances and bank fees, as well as annual costs such as audits and the AGM. We are now actively working to minimise our costs going forward.
TSNZ provides its members a range of services and functions beyond the many competitions throughout the year.
First, TSNZ provides day to day management of the members, clubs and associations, indoor and outdoor competitions, ammunition and targets, public liability insurance, plus our Trading arm and the office (which currently remains open).
Secondly, TSNZ provides control and support through our Constitution. In particular, guidance and training for Range inspections, Range Officer courses and competition rules.
Thirdly, TSNZ provides our active Website, coaching courses and material for all members from the Junior Development Squad, our Club Instructors programme and shortly, our Level One Coaching programme. This programme is planned to be available as an online programme in the near future.
We are also hopeful that after the current Level 4 lockdown period that we may be able to resume Club shooting. If that is the case, TSNZ will work on providing some form of postal competitions for members.
Target shooting is also facing some significant challenges after COVID-19, namely the pending Arms Legislation Bill, which the 2019 AGM agreed to spend money to oppose. TSNZ has been an active voice for target shooters and Clubs and we need to continue this process, particularly as we lead up to an election.
Consequently, for TSNZ to survive and remain financially viable, we need your support, now more than ever.
Given the situation we now face, the Executive has unanimously agreed to offer a 25% discount on the 2020 TSNZ membership fees (not including Social membership), with the payment due date extended by a month to 31st May 2020. However, if you are able to pay the full fees, we would appreciate your support in this difficult time.
Without your support this year there will be a significant impact on our financial position. With your support, the Executive believes we will make through to 2021.
Please do renew your TSNZ membership online as soon as possible, and actively encourage other members to do the same! Our office is still open and is available to help our members, as necessary.
2020 Membership fees - the detail:
The 25% reduction in 2020 Membership fees results in the following:
Full Member - $75
1st Year Full Member - $45
Junior Member - $45
Veteran Member - $52.50
Family Member - $52.50
Restricted Member - $37.50
Social Member - no change
Any shooter who has already paid fees that cover the 2020 Indoor season (including Outdoor and Air rifle shooters) can apply for the discount by contacting the TSNZ office. Refunds of the 25% will be made into Members' bank accounts, so please provide a bank account number for this.
And of course any shooter who chooses to pay the usual undiscounted fee has the sincere thanks of TSNZ.
Due Date - Membership forms and fees are now due in by 31st May.
Club and Association Affiliation fees remain as normal.
Why become a Member of TSNZ?
For a small annual fee TSNZ Members receive the following benefits:
• Full support of TSNZ in all shooting matters;
• Eligibility to shoot in all TSNZ events eg NDC, Open Championships, National Indoor Champs,
Indoor/Outdoor/Air Rifle Postals;
• Eligibility to be selected and shoot for TSNZ and NZ representative teams;
• National awards and public recognition for shooting and administrative achievements;
• Use of TSNZ shooting ranges and facilities (some local charges may apply);
• Access to TSNZ Coaching events, funding and resources, some for free;
• Access to TSNZ Ammunition Agents NZ-wide for ammunition purchases with minimal freight costs;
• Cost benefits of bulk purchasing of ammunition;
• Member Log-in status on TSNZ website for Members-only resources;
• Free access to For Sale/To Buy website advertising placement;
• Ability to take part in feedback and surveys to help shape TSNZ’s future path;
• Ability to stand for office in TSNZ elections;
• Liability cover as offered by the NZSF/TSNZ Insurance Scheme.
Become a Full, Veteran, Junior or Family Member of TSNZ
to receive all these great benefits
and take your shooting to new heights.
2020 Fees and Affiliations
March 26th 2020
The TSNZ Executive understands that a major issue for Members, Clubs and Associations will be what fees they will be expected to pay for the 2020 season. The Executive is currently looking at all aspects of this, and expects to have information available later next week.
Issues being taken into account are wide-ranging, and will include the reduced competition programme, the impact of Covid-19 closures on incomes, reductions in TSNZ expenditure being made wherever possible, and non-negotiable ongoing costs such as insurance, audit and bank fees. The duration of the lock down will also need to be taken into account and may force decisions to be changed at a later date.
No doubt you will agree that it’s very important that TSNZ be in a position to continue to promote and support our sport once things return to normal, and so whatever is decided for 2020 must allow this to happen. The Executive need some time to make the best decision, and will advise the outcome as soon as possible.
Covid-19 Statement Update
March 23rd 2020
Hello to our Associations, Clubs and members,
Firstly, the TSNZ Executive hope you are all safe and well, despite the chaotic week we have all experienced. The country has gone from 6 COVID-19 cases last Monday to over 100 cases in a week. The Government has instituted new Alert levels and in one day, we will all be in personal isolation with many workplaces and schools closed for the next four weeks.
With less than 600 ICU beds available across NZ, it is vitally important that we listen to and follow the Government instructions for the ultimate benefit of our communities.
The real unknown for all of us is how long will it take us to recover and resume normal life. Some are hoping for a few weeks, others a few months while the likely scenario is for many months.
Your Executive does not have a magic ball to advise us, so our best guess is that we will be affected for many months with no end date to the restrictions currently known. Our responsibility is firstly for the safety of our members, your families and our communities.
Events - Consequently, we need to confirm the status of all our competitions and events.
The following TSNZ events are now cancelled for 2020:
These events are currently on hold (including entries) but will be reviewed at a later date:
Non TSNZ events for 2020 include:
Recommendations to Clubs and Associations
TSNZ strongly recommends all team events for 2020 are cancelled to avoid putting pressure on team members to attend against their better judgement.
As the situation is changing very rapidly, the Executive will continue to monitor the situation with the hope to resume some shooting when advised via the Alert level. We are meeting frequently online to ensure that we are able to respond as quickly as possible whenever the situation changes.
We will also be looking for possible programmes to keep everyone in the shooting loop. This may include some remote coaching programs, dry training guides, and possible postals matches when the alert level drops and ranges are able to open again.
Our sport is not only at risk from Covid-19 and new legislation, our overall numbers have been dropping each year. With the pressure on clubs and shooting this year, we ALL need to work extremely hard to retain all of our current members and maintain contact with them, even if they are not attending club nights, etc. With all of this extra time now on your hands this season, the Executive would suggest that members really set their mind to thinking of and sharing ways in which clubs and associations can start to build membership. We should be planning to implement these ideas ready for next season. Please, share your ideas with our Executive Officer so we can help all clubs.
Always remember to practise personal safety and keep well.
South Island Coaching CANCELLED
March 21st 2020
Following the announcement today for all New Zealanders to limit domestic travel to help contain the Covid-19 crisis, the remaining two coaching sessions in Balclutha and Dunedin yet to be run by Jon Phillipps and Helen Freiman are now cancelled.
Sincere apologies to those who have yet to attend one of the two courses, and please be assured that coaching will resume in the future when possible.
March 20th 2020
The TSNZ Executive is currently monitoring the Covid-19 situation in this constantly changing environment. We have scheduled an Executive meeting for Monday to discuss a number of issues and will release a detailed statement on Tuesday 24th regarding TSNZ events.
Thanks for your patience and keep safe.
Andrew & Faulkner CANCELLED
March 20th 2020
In a rapidly changing situation, and with the Government announcing yesterday (19 March) the ban on gatherings of more than 100 people indoors, the Executive of South Island Target Shooting Association has decided to CANCEL this years Andrew and Faulkner in Ashburton in July 2020.
Our plan for the hosting for next year's event is for it to still be with Mid Canterbury Association and with all other host venues sliding back one year, this will need to be confirmed by those host Associations at some stage soon.
South Island Indoor Champs – We need to have a think about this an see if we can sill hold this or not. This may need to be run a bit different than we have in the past eg run at more venues. We will keep you all informed.
South Island AGM – Again we need to have a think about this, we will keep you informed with this as well.
Please pass this information on to all of your membership.
South Island Target Shooting Association
Teams of Ten POSTPONED
March 19th 2020
Firstly apologies to those Associations who have not had time to discuss Teams of Ten. In a rapidly changing situation, the Government announced today (19th March) the ban on gatherings of more than 100 people indoors. This has forced our decision to postpone the holding of ToT in May 2020.
However the majority of Associations have replied to me and were in agreement with postponing the Teams of Ten.
The next step is to look at the possibility for either holding the ToT match later in 2020 or holding it over until May 2021. This depends on the progression of the Covid-19 virus.
Thank you all for your comments. It is apparent that the TOT competition is highly regarded in the shooting calendar.
North Island Smallbore Rifle Association
JDS Camp cancelled
March 18th 2020
After discussion with the TSNZ office and in light of the Covid-19 situation, the decision has been made to cancel the April JDS camp. This is unfortunate but is a necessary step.
We will wait and see how "things" progress and when it appears that normality is returning we will restart the JDS program.
The JDS apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have booked flights please contact your airline to transfer flights to a later date.
Everyone take care and we will catch up soon
TSNZ Covid-19 Statement
March 16th 2020
The following is based on Ministry of Health (MoH) advice, which can be found at: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
As of the time of writing this release there were 8 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand and low risk of community transfer. MoH advice is that public events may still go ahead, on certain conditions. However, TSNZ is recommending that the hosts of all events that are scheduled from now until 1 May seriously consider postponing or cancelling their events, however, the final decision lies with the organising associations and clubs. For those that do continue to operate we recommend:
You need to:
Please also consider:
We will be asking the North and South Island associations to consider their options for the Teams of Ten and Andrew & Faulkner matches, particularly as the situation is likely to change between now and the time of the event. The executive will be considering what options are available for the Inter-Island match (North/South) as the time draws nearer.
As stated above, the situation is very likely to change. We will post any updates on the TSNZ website and Facebook page as soon as they are available.