Badminton New Zealand Life Member Jeff Robson has passed away aged 95 on 5th September in Auckland, after a distinguished career as a badminton administrator and player.

Robson was a dual-international, having represented New Zealand in both badminton and tennis, competing at both the Thomas Cup and Davis Cup (tennis). He played in five Thomas Cups and 12 Whyte Trophy ties for New Zealand.

After his retirement from playing, Robson continued contributing to the badminton community for many years as a BWF Certificated Referee and as a member of the IBF council for 25 years, including roles on the Executive Board and Events Committee. He was President of the New Zealand Badminton Federation, heavily involved in the building of Auckland Badminton Stadium and the development of the Badminton New Zealand Museum.

Badminton New Zealand mourns Jeff's passing and we share our sincere condolences with his family and many friends.

Dr Jeffrey Ellis Robson (MBE)

30 September 1926 - 5 September 2022

IBF Career
1979: Council Member
1989-2004: Vice President
1989-2004: Chairman of Technical Committee
1990-2002: Chair of International Championships and Tournaments Committee
1997-2002: Deputy Chair of Council
2000: Badminton Technical Delegate at Sydney Olympics
2005- : Honorary Life Vice President
2010: Herbert Scheele Award

New Zealand career
1973-75: President of Auckland Badminton
1977-: Life Member of Auckland Badminton
1981-83: President of Badminton New Zealand
1983-: Life Member of Badminton New Zealand
1995-: Patron of Badminton New Zealand

A Celebration of Jeff's life will be held at the All Saints Chapel, Purewa Crematorium, 100-102 St Johns Road, Meadowbank on Friday 9th September at 10am.

Badminton New Zealand is pleased to announce that, following collaboration with players and Tournament Software, the results of players competing in international events will be incorporated into the National Ranking system.

While international events have previously been included in the rankings, these were limited to events played within the Oceania region. Now, the results of Kiwi players in all international individual events will be included, with a tier level based on the event's BWF category. This will lead to a stronger and more accurate ranking, where players competing overseas are recognised for their performance and seeded appropriately for domestic events, rather than disadvantaged for lacking enough national results.

This important change will cover the entire 2022 season, and as a result, we will include the results of international events already played in 2022, as well as the upcoming Oceania Championships.

Tier

Event

50World Championships, World Junior Championships, World Tour Finals, World Tour Super 1000
48World Tour Super 750
42World Tour Super 500
40Would Tour Super 300
34BWF Tour Super 100, Junior International Grand Prix
32Oceania Championships, International Challenge, Junior International Challenge
30International Series, Junior International Series
28Future Series, Junior Future Series
New Tier Levels for International Events

Additional changes to the National Ranking include:

  • Tier levels added for the NZ Tour events, reflecting the increased competition and level of these events.
  • Reduction in tier level for events with small entries is a consistent percentage of the original tier level.

For further details, please see the National Rankings Explainer.

These updates will be reflected in the rankings published on Tuesday 26 April.

Badminton New Zealand is delighted to see the return of secondary school badminton, with a full programme of competition planned for 2022, as we move out of the shadow of Covid.

The South Island Secondary School Cup takes place in Christchurch this year, on the weekend of 25-26 June. This development-focussed event offers schools in the South Island a great opportunity to measure themselves against the competition early in the season, and prepare for competition at the national championships later in the year.

Following a two-year break, the New Zealand Secondary School Championships return to Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua, where the top Premier and A-grade teams from schools across the country will assemble to fight for the national honours. Taking place in the Winter Sports Week near the end of Term 3, the teams will be on top of their game, coming off the back of their local inter-school competitions.

Rounding out the year, the North Island and South Island Junior Secondary School Cups take place in Auckland and Dunedin respectively, from 22-24 November. Mixing a competitive team event with a fun relay event, the Junior Secondary School Cups provide a new and exciting challenge for players in years 9-10 as they prepare for higher competition in the following years.

Entry Information

South Island Secondary School Cup (25-26 June, Christchurch). Entries close 27 May.

New Zealand Secondary School Championships (29 August-1 September, Porirua). Entries close 5 August.

North Island Junior Secondary School Cup (22-24 November, Auckland). Entries close 28 October.

South Island Junior Secondary School Cup (22-24 November, Dunedin). Entries close 28 October.

Badminton New Zealand is pleased to announce the calendar of events for 2022, with an exciting range of events as we look to bounce back from a disrupted season in 2021.

The season begins early with a couple of special Badminton New Zealand Summer Series events at the end of January and beginning of February. These fun events celebrate the return of badminton and are focussed towards our Under 15 and Under 19 players, whose season was unfortunately cut short before they had the chance to play in their National Championships.

Sanctioned events get underway on the first weekend of March, with a total of 42 events scheduled throughout the year, including five Masters' sanctioned events, which form part of the calendar for the first time ever. These events will all contribute towards vital National ranking points, which will prove useful for team events and National Championships later in the year.

2022 also sees the introduction of the NZ Tour - a series featuring the Waikato Open, North Harbour Open, Wellington North Open, Canterbury Open, and National Championships - which will see players vying for a top-8 finish in the tour rankings to qualify for the NZ Tour Finals.

National Championships visit a few new locations in 2022, with Masters being held in Queenstown, Seniors in Auckland, the combined u15 and u19 event in Tauranga, and the combined u13 and u17 event in Waitakere. Junior Team Championships remain in Manawatu, while the Wisden and Slazenger Cups move to Canterbury in the Zhu Badminton Centre.

At an international level, we are pleased to see the Australian Open and New Zealand Open scheduled for late November, as well as the new Oceania Masters event. We also expect to see the addition of several lower-level international events within the Oceania region towards the end of the year.

Update 22 December: Following the postponement of the Oceania Senior Championships and cancellation of the Oceania Junior and Team events, the calendars below have been updated.

Update 15 February: We are pleased to announce the addition of the North Harbour International Challenge (19-23 October) and Manawatu International Series (1-4 December). The New Zealand u13 and u17 National Championships moves to Waitakere.

Badminton New Zealand regrets to announce that the upcoming National Under 15s, Under 19s and Masters Championships have been cancelled, due to the ongoing restrictions across the country.

These events all required that the whole country was in Alert Level 2 or lower, with domestic travel and large indoor gatherings permitted. As previously advised, Badminton New Zealand set dates for each event by which this criteria must be met in order to proceed, in order to strike a balance between giving as much notice as possible for participants, while also allowing the best chance for these events to go ahead.

Unfortunately, the discovery of new cases in the Waikato region over the weekend, and the extension of Level 3 restrictions in Auckland, means that this criteria will not be met by the decision date for each event, and therefore we are forced to cancel each event.

We understand that this will be disappointing news for the hundreds of players who have been training hard in their bubbles and were looking forward to competing in October, and equally we are disappointed that we cannot run these events.

If you had entered to play in any of these events, please check your email for further information, or contact the event director as below:

Sanctioned Events

Unfortunately, the latest extension of restrictions also impacts several sanctioned events that were postponed into October. The following events are also cancelled:

Please contact the event organiser if you require any further information on these sanctioned events.

Experienced Leader Stephen Nelson has been named as the incoming Chief Executive at Badminton New Zealand, taking over from departing Chief Executive Joe Hitchcock.

Badminton New Zealand Board Chair, John Moody, says Nelson’s passion, experience and knowledge are a great fit to continue the organisation’s strong growth and innovation to inspire more kiwis to love badminton for life.

“The appointment of Stephen is a great result. His experience as a leader, strategic thinker and communicator, combined with his knowledge of community badminton, means he is ideally suited to take on this complex role.

“He joins Badminton New Zealand at a very exciting time. The organisation has just been named as part of the next wave of Sport New Zealand’s Strengthen and Adapt programme; we are looking forward to hosting the World Junior and Senior Badminton Championships in 2024 and 2025; and the badminton community are continuing to come together to build more and more quality experiences for everyone in badminton here.

“The Board felt Stephen understands the opportunities and the challenges for the sport, and he shares the desire to see the game thrive at all levels,” says Moody.

Nelson brings strong leadership, management, and governance experience. He was the Chief Executive of a company that operated three Mitre 10 MEGA home improvement stores in Wellington with more than 300 staff and around $100 million in revenue. Most recently Nelson has led a mid-sized commercial construction company and doubled its revenue through strategic planning combined with business and financial acumen. Well known in the badminton community, Nelson is an active masters player and has previously served as the Badminton Wellington Board Chair as well as a Badminton New Zealand Board Member and Co-Chair.

Nelson says he is thrilled to be offered the opportunity and is eager to continue on from the success that Hitchcock has established.

I am delighted to be able to contribute further to the badminton community in New Zealand. I love the sport and am excited to pick up and carry on with the great work that Joe, the Badminton New Zealand team and the wider badminton community have already completed.

With current Chief Executive Joe Hitchcock departing on 29 October, General Manager Donna Trow will act as interim Chief Executive until Nelson starts the role on 31 January 2022.

Stephen Nelson will join Badminton New Zealand from 31 January 2022
Nelson has been actively involved as a masters player, and serving on the boards of Badminton Wellington and Badminton New Zealand
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