Subscribe to The NZUA And Support the Underwater Community

Packed with the latest diving news, events and deals, the NZUA newsletter is a monthly must-read for all those passionate about the New Zealand underwater realm.
Subscribers directly support NZ Underwater's activities in the marine environment, help leverage govt. funding for safety campaigning and grow participation across the sector.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Congratulations to the 2020 NZ Open Spearfishing Champions

Nov 6, 2020
Events
Congratulations to the 2020 NZ Open Spearfishing Champions

The 2020 NZ Open Spearfishing Championships took place on Labour weekend and were a great test of the fitness, free diving depth, hunting skills, and local knowledge of competitors

The 2020 NZ Open Spearfishing Championships took place on Labour weekend at Little Barrier Island and the Mokohinau Islands, 80-100km north east of Auckland.

Each event tested the fitness, free diving depth, hunting skills, and local knowledge of competitors, while making sure diver safety was a top priority and also having the least impact on fish stocks in the area. There were three categories: Juniors, Women and Open (juniors and women can compete in the Open event as well).

Competitors aimed to catch 11 species of fish in the competition area, from a list provided by the organisers – all were fish that might be targeted during recreational spearfishing, and species known to be scarce in the area were excluded. Most species were limited to 1-2 fish per diver and fish above 8 kg got the same score, so there was no incentive to shoot bigger fish.

The Juniors and Women Championships were individual, four hour, events where each competitor swam with a safety observer. 17-year old Tyler Maugham, from Whangarei, won the Juniors with eight fish, Zane Carter won the under 16 section with three fish, and Sophie Hamilton won the Women’s event with seven fish.

Image of open spearfishing championship event winners, Dwane Herbert and John Anderson
This year's Open event winners, Dwane Herbert and John Anderson

The Open Championships took place over two days with competitors swimming in pairs and sharing a float line in a one-up, one-down system, where there’s always one diver on the surface being the ‘buddy’ and tracking the diver below. Spearfishing New Zealand changed to this system nearly 30 years ago and it’s proven to be exceptionally safe, with no diver deaths since then.

The Open event was a massive physical challenge: two days, six hours swimming each day, towing a float, diving, and often dealing with big currents. There were many strong contenders for first place, with Dwane Herbert and John Anderson winning the event overall.

All proceeds from the event – $1,400 – went to charity, and this year the recipient was the Omaha Surf Club, which no doubt will put this to good use supporting local water safety.

Congratulations to all the winners! If you’d like to take part next year or find out more about spearfishing, check out Spearfishing New Zealand.

Previous PageNext Post

Related posts

Taupo Catfish Cull at Waitangi Weekend – save the date
Events

Taupo Catfish Cull at Waitangi Weekend – save the date

The catfish cull at Lake Taupo will be a major spearfishing event this summer
Experience NZ’s Marine Reserves this Summer
Events

Experience NZ’s Marine Reserves this Summer

Experiencing Marine Reserves is a national programme of experiential learning about marine conservation and they're running some great snorkel days this summer
Global dive upcoming trips and training
Events

Global dive upcoming trips and training

Global dive has a variety of trips and training coming up including refresher courses and liveaboards!
EMR volunteer training and quiz night
Events

EMR volunteer training and quiz night

Experiencing Marine Reserves have volunteer training on the 10th of October and their annual fundraiser quiz night on the 22nd that you don't want to miss out on!
Call for EMR volunteers and upcoming quiz night!
Events

Call for EMR volunteers and upcoming quiz night!

Experiencing Marine Reserves are looking for volunteers to help out with the upcoming summer season in Auckland and tickets for the annual EMR fundraiser quiz held in New Plymouth are now for sale!
2020 NZUA AGM
Events

2020 NZUA AGM

Saturday, the 25th of July for the 2020 AGM - hold the date!
All Related

See Also

newsletter
Events

Taupo Catfish Cull at Waitangi Weekend – save the date

The catfish cull at Lake Taupo will be a major spearfishing event this summer
newsletter
Survive the Dive

Survive the Dive certification launched

Survive the Dive online training and certificate platform launched for all New Zealand divers.
newsletter
News

Enjoy Dive Pacific magazine – on us!

NZUA's gift to you: the Dec/Jan issue of Dive Pacific magazine
newsletter
News

Season’s greetings from the NZUA

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from NZUA
newsletter
Events

Experience NZ’s Marine Reserves this Summer

Experiencing Marine Reserves is a national programme of experiential learning about marine conservation and they're running some great snorkel days this summer
newsletter
News

Ewan Stevenson – 2020 Kelly Tarlton Recognition Award

Congratulations to 2020 Kelly Tarlton Recognition Award recipient, Ewan Stevenson
All Posts
Previous PageNext Post

Recent

Season’s greetings from the NZUA
Enjoy Dive Pacific magazine – on us!
Survive the Dive certification launched
Taupo Catfish Cull at Waitangi Weekend – save the date
Older
1 / 24