30 Sep 2011 – After a review by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the World Curling Federation, it has been announced that curling has now been officially removed from the list of sports which prohibits the use of beta-blockers.

Athletes taking beta-blockers will now be allowed to compete in competitive curling events without the need for Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) from 1st January 2012 as a result of this decision.

Read more: Beta-blockers ok from 2012

8 Aug 2011 – New Zealand's first Senior Curling Championships were held at Naseby's Maniototo Curling International rink at the start of August. As expected there was plenty of friendly banter between the sides, but any notion that this tournament wouldn't be competitive could not be further from the mark.

Two-thirds of the curlers competed in the National Open championship a month earlier, and three had been members of the NZ Winter Olympic curling team just five years before.

Read more: High standard at NZ Seniors

31 Jul 2011 – The final of the NZ Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Dunedin this weekend was a family affair. Ranfurly's brother-sister combo Sean and Bridget Becker took on Alexandra's father-daughter team John and Natalie Campbell. Earlier in the day, both finalists had needed a tiebreaker win to qualify for the playoff rounds.

Sean and Bridget retained their title by the narrowest possible margin, a 7-6 win to record their 4th win in the event's 5 year history.

Read more: Family affair in NZ Mixed Doubles final

24 Jul 2011 – The NZ Curling Association has confirmed the selectors' recommendations for the New Zealand Open and Under-21 teams for the 2011/2012 season.

They feature some new names, and the Open teams will have some line-up changes between next month's NZ Winter Games and November's Pacific-Asia Curling Championships in China.

Read more: NZ Open, Junior teams announced

Brydie Donald
Brydie Donald won her first National title as skip

4 Jul 2011 – The pre-tournament favorites won the Men's and Women's titles at the 2011 NZ Open Curling Championships in Dunedin this month, but they had to work hard for them.

Brydie Donald's side trailed for much of the match before stealing an extra end win over Wendy Becker's Senior Women's team.

On the neighbouring sheet, Peter de Boer's composite squad pushed Sean Becker all the way before the latter took his 5th consecutive national title.

Read more: Hard work for favourites at Nationals

26 Jun 2011 – The best traditions of curling – great camaraderie and sportsmanship – were celebrated in Otago in late June during New Zealand Curling's 125th Jubilee. These traditions were continued throughout the 2011 NZ Under-21 Curling Championships said Darren Carson, the Chief Umpire.

He congratulated the two Women's and three Men's sides on their consistently high standard of play while contesting a close tussle for the titles in Naseby from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 June.

Read more: Tight competition at NZ U21s

2011 NZ Mixed Fours winners
Winners Pauline Farra, Liz Matthews, Kenny Williamson, Ian Ford

7 Jun 2011 – The first national title of the season was decided when the 2011 New Zealand Mixed Fours Championship was held in Auckland during Queen's Birthday Weekend.

It was an all-Auckland affair as Kenny Williamson's team of Liz Matthews, Ian Ford and Pauline Farra won the Kath Thomas trophy, beating the Hard Yards side of Al Langille, Glenys Taylor, Peter Taylor and Miriam Tackoor in the final.

Read more: NZ Mixed Fours decided

7 May 2011 – The World Curling Federation has advised that the 2012 World Seniors Curling Championships and the 2012 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship will be held in April 2012, instead of November 2012 as previously advised.

Accordingly, the NZ Curling Association is seeking self-nominations from athletes who wish to be considered for selection for the NZ teams to compete at these championships. The closing date for self-nominations for these two events is Sunday 22 May 2011.

Read more: 2012 World Mixed Doubles and World Seniors

Sean and Bridget Becker in action v Sweden
Mixed Doubles, NZ v Sweden in St Paul. Photo © WCF / Leslie Ingram-Brown

24 Apr 2011 - The Swiss Mixed Doubles team and the Canadian Men's and Women's Senior teams took the gold medals at their respective 2011 World Championships in St Paul, Minnesota during the weekend.

The winning sides all dominated their respective events and were unbeaten throughout the week.

The Senior Men's team skipped by Peter Becker was the best-performed NZ team in St Paul, reaching the playoff rounds for the first time and finishing 6th overall.

The Kiwi Senior Women were 9th, and the Mixed Doubles 14th after a poor start to their week.

Read more: Final results from St Paul Worlds
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