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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.

Read more: Broom Regulations for NZ Tournaments

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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.

Read more: Fine line for Junior teams in Sweden

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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.

Read more: Doorway to PyeongChang closes

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New Zealand v Sweden in the playoff round of 16. Photo © WCF / Alina Androsova

22 Oct 2016 – New Zealand's reward for earning the last qualifying spot in the playoffs at the World Mixed Curling Championship in Kazan, Russia was a knockout game against top qualifiers Sweden.

Brett Sargon, Thivya Jeyaranjan, Kieran Ford and Emily Whelan took their one with hammer and stole the second before Sweden replied with a double in the third end. The Kiwis then took the initiative, gaining their reward when they forced an error from the Swedes to score three rather than taking a safer option for two. NZ then led 5-2 at the fourth end break.

Read more: Kiwis push Sweden in World Mixed playoffs

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2016 NZ Senior Mens champions L-R: Dan Mustapic, Hans Frauenlob, Lorne DePape, Iain Craig. Photo © Gillian Craig

18 Sep 2016 – Dan Mustapic, Hans Frauenlob, Lorne DePape and Iain Craig won their third successive NZ Senior Men's Curling Championship this weekend after going through the tournament undefeated.

They were on form from the outset, with their 5 point winning margin in their first game being their closest of the round robin.

Five Men's teams lined up at the start of the event. The Women's championship was uncontested this year.

Read more: Three-peat for NZ Senior Men's champions

2016 NZ Mixed Doubles champions Bridget and Scott Becker
2016 NZ Mixed Doubles champions Bridget and Scott Becker. Photo © Ian Ford / NZCA

14 Aug 2016 – The final of the New Zealand Mixed Doubles Championship in Naseby this weekend was fought out between two pairs of local siblings, and in the end it was experience that won the day.

Bridget and Scott Becker scored a dramatic last shot 9-8 win over the junior pairing of Jessica and Ben Smith to retain the title they won last year.

Read more: Last-stone win in NZ Mixed Doubles

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World Mixed Championship venue, the Sport Palace in Kazan, Russia. Photo © WCF

1 Aug 2016 – New Zealand's Curling selectors have confirmed the national sides to compete at the World Mixed and the World Junior B Curling Championships in Europe during the coming international season.

Brett Sargon, Thivya Jeyaranjan, Kieran Ford and Emily Whelan will represent New Zealand at the 2016 World Mixed event in Kazan, Russia in mid-October. Whelan replaces Eleanor Adviento from the winning side at this year's NZ Championship, with the latter being unavailable because of University exams.

Read more: Teams confirmed for Europe

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Team Walker in the opening round. Photo © Liz Matthews / NZCA

22 Jul 2016 – Simon and Matthew Neilson won their third New Zealand Under-21 Championship title in Dunedin last weekend.

They combined with Ben Smith and Josh Whyte for a 2-1 win in the best of three final series against Hamish Walker, Hunter Walker, Bailey Dowling and Luke Holden.

Jessica Smith, Holly Thompson and Eloise Pointon had their second consecutive national title, combining with Courtney Smith to win the Junior Women's gold medal.

Read more: Third Junior title for Neilson brothers

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Brett Sargon's stone about to be swept by Kenny Thomson and Phil Dowling. Photo © Rob Potter / NZCA

11 Jul 2016 – Teams Peter de Boer and Chelsea Farley went undefeated through the competition to secure the gold medals at the 2016 NZ Curling Championships last weekend.

In the Women’s final, Chelsea Farley, Thivya Jeyaranjan Tessa Farley and Eleanor Adviento had a 10-2 win over Jessica Smith, Holly Thompson, Waverley Taylor and Bridget Becker.

Peter de Boer, Brett Sargon, Kenny Thomson and Phil Dowling – all current or former NZ representatives – beat the under-21 side of Matthew Neilson, Simon Neilson, Ben Smith and Dylan Boulton-Voice 7-3 in the Men's final.

Read more: Perfect records secure NZ Championships

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29 June 2016 – The New Zealand Curling Association and NZ Olympic Committee's selection panel have confirmed the nomination procedure for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

This will apply to the Winter Olympic events of Mixed Doubles and Men's and Women's Fours.

It is available to read and download here.

A pre-requisite for New Zealand's participation in any of these events is successful qualification.

Read more: Nomination Procedure for PyeongChang 2018
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