Vaccination mandate removed for students playing sport

School Sport NZ official media release – Tuesday 15th March, 2022:

Changes to school sport came into effect through the COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Order from 11.59pm Saturday 12 March 2022.

All children and young people, regardless of their vaccination status, can participate in school-organised teams and groups, or as an individual representing the school in a competition or event. This applies whether on or off the school site, and to registered schools only.

School organised teams, groups and individuals are to be treated as if they are vaccinated and cannot be required to show a My Vaccine Pass. This means the capacity limits for vaccinated students are applied when sport takes place out of school hours, or off school grounds.

Support staff, including coaches, managers, teachers and parent volunteers continue to be required to be vaccinated. This includes student coaches, both when they coach teams from their own school, and those from other schools. They will still be required to show a My Vaccine Pass if the external venue or facility requires.

Sport NZ has updated its School Sport guidance here. Existing guidance in the CPF section of the Sport NZ website has been updated to reflect these changes.

The Ministry of Education will provide an update through its bulletin and DIA will provide guidance for Local Authorities. Other organisations will also need to update their policies and websites as a result of this change. 

Please refer to the Sport NZ FAQs in the first instance or if you have further queries then contact or School Sport NZ staff members.

COVID-19 Protection Framework

From Sunday 13 March you will no longer need to wear facemasks at outdoors Gatherings. You still need to wear them at indoors Gatherings (unless you have exclusive use of the defined space and venue) and at Events (both indoors and outdoors) as it is harder to trace who you may have interacted with.

As previously indicated by the Prime Minister and the Minister for COVID-19 Response all settings within the CPF are under continuous review, including the use of vaccine passes.

All guidance is regularly updated. Included in the latest version are the new requirements for face coverings. See full guidance here

IMPORTANT – Club Sports Teams

The change to vaccination mandates DOES NOT include club sports teams, e.g. teams like Blaketown Rugby, Star United Netball, Greymouth Hockey – this is because these are CLUB teams NOT school organised teams. Those students who play in these teams must abide but the vaccination rules for that sport. If you are not sure of those rules please contact the clubs directly or the competition organiser (West Coast – Rugby, Football, Netball, Hockey, Rugby League etc.)