News

  • University Sporting Rivalries to resume at National Tertiary Badminton Championship
    The first and only official National Tertiary Championship event for 2020 is set to get underway this weekend with the much-anticipated badminton championship being hosted by the Counties Manukau Badminton Association.
    Posted: Tuesday 22 September 2020
  • “Sit up Straight” and Take Notice – Ara Broadcasting School Students Talk Sport
    The connection between UTSNZ and the Ara Institute of Canterbury has been strengthening in recent times as UTSNZ Executive Director Sarah Anderson joined a group of students from Ara’s New Zealand Broadcasting School live on the Metronews broadcast this week. Read more about the relationship that's developed between the two organisations here.
    Posted: Thursday 17 September 2020
  • Massey University Set to Bring Hockey Communities Together
    Massey University is set to bring local and tertiary hockey communities together later this month in a unique Hockey 5's invitational tournament. Read more about the 2020 event here.
    Posted: Friday 11 September 2020
  • Celebrating the Value of International University Sport
    Since its onset, the COVID-19 pandemic has spread to almost all countries of the world. Social and physical distancing measures along with lockdowns of businesses, education institutions and overall social life are common strategies used to halt the spread of the disease. But these strategies have greatly disrupted many regular aspects of life, including travel and the opportunity for international sporting experiences. Why does this matter? What does the international sport experience offer our tertiary student athletes and what has been lost in 2020? Read more here to find out.
    Posted: Monday 7 September 2020
  • International Day of University Sport
    In just 20 days from now, university students the world over will step out and celebrate the International Day of University Sport (IDUS). In its fifth edition, IDUS has mobilised students and encouraged them to embrace physical activity as a part of their daily campus lives. Read more about the upcoming celebrations here.
    Posted: Monday 31 August 2020
  • UTSNZ Esport Challenge Series to kick-off with FIFA 20 Tournament
    The 2020 UTSNZ Esport Challenge Series will kick off this week with 32 students from across the country set to compete for the first ever national tertiary esport title. Seven of UTSNZ’s eight member universities will be represented in the FIFA 20 tournament with participants also coming from Otago Polytechnic, the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT), and the Universal College of Learning (UCOL).
    Posted: Monday 3 August 2020
  • FISU University World Cup Format Extended to New Sports
    The University World Cup format is set to be adopted for Rugby Sevens, Handball, Floorball, American Football and Cheerleading. The inclusion of new sports an effort by FISU to provide more international opportunities for student athletes who might not otherwise have an opportunity to compete on the international university sports scene. Read more here.
    Posted: Wednesday 29 July 2020
  • FISU World University Championships cancelled for 2020
    FISU announces the cancellation of its World University Championship events till the end of the year 2020, due to the prevailing global situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more on the latest announcement here.
    Posted: Monday 20 July 2020
  • University Esports and Competitive Gaming Tournaments gaining ground in New Zealand
    UTSNZ this week opened registrations for its first ever national inter-tertiary esports challenge event. University esports are growing both internationally and here in New Zealand, and UTSNZ is jumping on-board with what is now a global campus phenomenon. Read more about the exciting new opportunities available for New Zealand student gamers here.
    Posted: Friday 10 July 2020
  • University and Tertiary Sport NZ reveals plans to launch new ‘Challenge Series’ in 2020
    The UTSNZ Challenge Series, a new and exciting inter-tertiary competition, will be launched in July 2020 to boost participation and engagement of tertiary students in sport and recreation across New Zealand. Read more about the new events programme here.
    Posted: Tuesday 30 June 2020
  • Australian and New Zealand students to represent Oceania in FISU eSports Challenge Football
    The weekend of 27-28 June saw 35 students from across the Oceania region take part in the FISU Oceania qualifying competition for the inaugural FISU eSports Challenge Football. The FISU competition aims to provide a further opportunity for universities internationally to come together during these challenging times to compete against one another. Delivered by the Australian Esports League (AEL) and in partnership with UniSport Australia (UniSport), the Oceania qualifier saw the top two winning students (male and female) progressing through to represent their universities and the Oceania region in the international FISU competition taking place from 6-16 July. Read more about the Oceania Qualifier here.
    Posted: Tuesday 30 June 2020
  • Student experience to be bolstered in 2020 through National Tertiary Ultimate and Badminton Championships
    University sporting rivalries are set to resume with confirmation that the National Tertiary Ultimate and Badminton Championships will go ahead in Semester Two.
    Posted: Wednesday 17 June 2020
  • University of Canterbury student Jacob Mulholland joins UTSNZ Board of Directors
    UTSNZ is excited to welcome UC student representative Jacob Mulholland to it's Board of Directors following the recent AGM held 21 May. Read more about Jacob's recent appointment here.
    Posted: Monday 8 June 2020
  • University of Auckland claim Esports Silver
    The University of Auckland has finished runners-up in the League of Legends 2020 Oceanic University Championships hosted by Unisport Australia and Riot Games. In the final of the month-long tournament, they were defeated by the team from Queensland University of Technology in the best-of-5 series on Saturday.
    Posted: Monday 25 May 2020
  • COVID-19 Update - University and Tertiary Sport at Level 2
    Yesterday the government announced Alert Level 2 guidelines, including the opportunity for sport to resume at all levels. Read more here on what this means for UTSNZ and the inter-tertiary events programme.
    Posted: Friday 8 May 2020
  • University and Tertiary Sport NZ Lockdown League goes Trans-Tasman
    University and Tertiary Sport New Zealand’s virtual competition may well become one of the first competitions amid the Coronavirus Pandemic to be contested on a regular Trans-Tasman basis, with the online challenge series set to be broadened to include their ANZAC comrades. Read more here.
    Posted: Friday 1 May 2020
  • FISU Welcomes Revised Dates for Tokyo 2020, Approves Final Dates for Chengdu 2021 for Summer World University Games
    FISU welcomed the announcement of revised dates for Tokyo 2020 this week and the prospect of an exceptional summer of Olympic sport in 2021. FISU will maintain the planned August slot for the Chengdu 2021 FISU Summer World University Games, with only a slight 2-day modification to the original dates, as per the request of the local organising committee. Read the full press release here.
    Posted: Tuesday 31 March 2020
  • COVID 19 Update: FISU World University Championship Cancellations
    The International Federation for University Sport (FISU) has been closely monitoring the current situation with regard to COVID-19. Unfortunately during this challenging period that most countries are facing today, FISU has made the cautious decision to cancel all World University Championship through until September in order to ensure the safety of all people involved in FISU events. Read more here for the specific events affected.
    Posted: Thursday 26 March 2020
  • COVID 19 Update: 2020 National Tertiary Championship Events
    Refer here for an update on the status of UTSNZ National Tertiary Championship events for 2020.
    Posted: Wednesday 18 March 2020
  • FISU Oceania, UniSport Australia and UTSNZ making the right moves.
    Check out the latest article by FISU featuring FISU Oceania, Unisport Australia and UTSNZ. Advocacy, marketing and profile, dual career of athletes, research and healthy campus initiatives - read more about the key goals and aims for university and tertiary sport in 2020.
    Posted: Tuesday 10 March 2020
  • FISU Executive Committee meets in Lausanne
    The new FISU Executive Committee members, elected in November 2019, convened for their first meeting on 21-22 February, to set the agenda for 2020 and beyond. FISU's vision is to lead the University Sport Movement, where the leaders of society are positively influenced by their University Sport experience. To help achieve this vision the FISU Steering and Executive Committees come together biannually to discuss the organisation’s recent events and to chart the year ahead. Read more including the latest news and official Press Release from FISU summarising key discussion points here.
    Posted: Tuesday 25 February 2020

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