17 May 2017 – There's snow on the ground in Naseby. So it must be time to register for tournaments and camps, and for prospective NZ representatives to send self-nomination forms to the selectors.
The first national tournament for 2017 is the NZ Mixed Fours Championship, to be held in Auckland during Queens Birthday Weekend (4-5 June).
Entry to these tournaments is open now; click on the links above for more information.
16 May 2017 – The New Zealand Curling Association has confirmed dates for this year's Junior Training Camp at the MCI rink in Naseby.
The camp will run on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 July.
This is the week between the NZ Open Championships in Dunedin (6-9 July) and the NZ Under-21 Championships in Naseby (14-16 July). Curlers competing in the NZ Under-21 Championships are strongly encouraged to attend.
The NZ Curling Association has agreed to meet the cost of ice hire for the camp and to contribute $200 towards travel costs for those travelling from the North Island.
Click here for the application form.
|NZ Senior Men v Wales. Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki|
29 Apr 2017 – With the scores locked at 4-4 going into the final end of their quarter-final at the World Senior Men's Curling Championship, Sweden played it superbly to leave New Zealand skip Dan Mustapic needing a precision draw shot with the last stone of the game to win the match.
Mustapic's effort looked good but seemed to pick up a speck of dirt or ice to come up millimetres short. Sweden stole the end, and the Kiwis' tournament was over.
Sweden went on to beat Germany in their semi-final and then record a 6-4 extra-end win the the gold medal match against hosts Canada to go through the tournament unbeaten. Ireland beat Germany 6-3 for the bronze medal.
|Bridget Becker, New Zealand v Slovakia. Photo © WCF / Richard Gray|
28 Apr 2017 – New Zealand's Mixed Doubles team of Bridget Becker and Scott Becker knew that their quest to qualify for the playoffs at the World Championships, and so put themselves in the frame for Olympic qualification, would not be easy.
A top-three finish in their pool would depend on a strong start as they knew they would face tough opponents, Russia and Switzerland, in their last two pool games at the event in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. However they found themselves on the back foot from the outset.
"Not the start we are after with two losses at this Worlds," said Scott Becker after their first two games against Slovenia and Spain.
|NZ at 2016 World Mixed Championship. Photo © WCF / Alina Androsova|
4 Apr 2017 – New Zealand Curling's High Performance Committee has announced that the World Curling Federation's Stepping Stones Programme will be held at MCI Naseby from 4th to 10th August. Held in conjunction with the Australian Curling Federation, this is an invitation-only event.
The first Stepping Stones Programme was held in Estonia last August. Participants received technical instruction on-ice, as well as tools for performance and mental analysis. Each team worked with a specialist developing their yearly plan to help guide them through the season for them to peak at the right times.
|Action at 2015 Games. Photo © Winter Games NZ / Getty Images|
27 Mar 2017 – If both the demand and calibre of entries for the curling at this year's Audi quattro Winter Games NZ is anything to go by then the 2017 edition should easily be the best yet.
"We've never seen the curling tournament full this early in the piece," said Games Sport Manager Iona Bentley.
With six of the top ten ranked teams in the world having signed up, the talent on show and level of competition will take the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ to a whole new level.
11 Mar 2016 - The World Curling Federation's Specifications for brushes in elite curling will apply to all New Zealand championships.
This was determined by the New Zealand Curling Association Executive at its February meeting. Approved brushes are now specified in the Rules of Curling, and this change is in line with WCF's recommendation that tournaments that lead directly or indirectly to qualification for a WCF event should be bound by the WCF's new regulations.
|Ben Smith in action in Östersund. Photo © WCF / Eric Norrlander|
10 Jan 2017 – New Zealand's Under-21 teams experienced the narrow margins between success and pain at the 2017 World Junior B Curling Championships in Östersund, Sweden this week.
Neither the NZ Men nor the Women progressed beyond the round robin stage, but their final records mask how competitive they were at times through the tournament.
The NZ Women finished with a 1-5 win-loss record, with two of their losses by just a single point. Had those games gone in the Kiwis' favour they would have earned a tiebreaker and a chance of progressing to the playoffs.
|Korea won their semi-final against New Zealand. Photo © WCF / Richard Gray|
12 Nov 2016 – A dominant display from Japan in the Women's bronze medal game snuffed out any chance of a New Zealand medal at the 2016 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships in Uiseong, Korea.
Together with the 5th place from the Men's side, this means neither NZ team will be playing at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang. A medal of any colour for either side would have guaranteed them a place in the last-chance 2017 Olympic Qualifying Event.
Next April's World Mixed Doubles Championship will be the final opportunity for any Kiwi curlers to book a ticket to PyeongChang.