Info for Schools

Information for Schools Attending

We are delighted to have your school attend the 2018 Aon Maadi Cup at Lake Ruataniwha!

Tent Sites - If you would like to book a site for your school you will need to contact South Island Rowing directly for this. Please contact Trevor Wilson on

Boat Park - The boat park will open a few days prior to the event. It will be closed on Monday,19th March 2018 and will not be opened until the following Saturday after the last race. Vehicle access during the regatta is not available. Only boat trailers used for storage will be permitted to be left in the boat park but there is ample parking adjacent to the Boat Park for transport vehicles. Boat park access is restricted to officials, coaches and athletes.

Training on the Lake - Training is permitted only when supervised by Ruataniwha Rowing and at times advised by Regatta Control, which are subject to review in the event of adverse conditions or change of programme. There will be pre-regatta training supervised by Ruataniwa Rowing prior to the event starting.

The times of the practice sessions are:

  • Saturday 17 March: 8am - 12 Noon, 2pm - 5pm
  • Sunday 18 March: 8am - 12 Noon, 2pm - 5pm

Training hours during race days at the regatta will be notified daily but they will be as extensive as possible. Crews will need to be signed out in a logbook and have an alpha numeric number allocated to them before taking to the water. Training is not permitted unless the GREEN FLAG is flying. Training during the regatta will be explained at the Safety Briefing.

Declarations - Remember to have all your schools paperwork signed by the Principal and emailed, your school cannot compete without these declaration forms being submitted.

Lightweight Events Not Sanctioned - The New Zealand Secondary Sports Council have declared that they will not be sanctioning the lightweight events at any of the secondary school sports events they govern. For rowing that is the New Zealand, North and South Island Secondary School Rowing Championships. See release of this decision here - Therefore there will be no lightweight events held at the 2018 Aon Maadi Cup.

Entry Limits - Entry limits will be applied to this regatta.

  • Doubles – 1 crew per event per school
  • Singles – 2 crews per event per school
  • Lightweight events – zero crews
  • All other events – 4 crews per event per school

Entry Recommendation - Reminder to all schools it is recommended that school rowers only be entered in 2 or 3 events maximum at the Aon Maadi Cup, with the amount of racing (heats, reps, quarters, semis, finals) over a one week period this is considered the acceptable entry level for school students.

Trophies - if you were a winner of a trophy last year please remember to bring this and drop it at the office on your arrival.

Parade - An Opening Parade will take place on Sunday 18th March in the Twizel town, those wanting to take part are to meet at the Twizel Fire Station at 12:15pm, walking begins at 12:30pm. The Parade will travel along the road and finish on the park near the school.

Competitions - Rowing NZ are running the following competitions thanks to the support of the events sponsor Aon - Best School Banner, Best Team T-shirt, Best School Mascot! Further details are here

Smoke, Alcohol and Drug Free - reminder to all schools the 2018 Aon Maadi Cup is Smoke, Alcohol and Drug Free for all competitors.

After Party Concerns - After complaints received and concerns about young people and issues with alcohol NZSSRA and Rowing NZ do not endorse or support any form of 'after party' for rowers at the Maadi Cup.

Biosecurity Reminder - Freshwater pests can be spread by your activities in and around waterways. If you're moving between waterways, you must clean all your gear using the 'Check, Clean, Dry' method. Learn how to check, clean, dry your gear on arrival at Ruataniwha. ECAN has asked us' to remind all schools from from the North to South Island to More information visit the MPI website

Watching the Aon Maadi Cup


Can't attend the event? Don't worry, there will be a live webcast on the Thursday/Friday/Saturday so don't miss any of the action! Check out the live stream here.


SKYSport will be broadcasting a 2018 Aon Maadi Cup Highlights package during the week following the regatta. Check out the highlights on Thursday 29th 7pm on SS2 and 10pm on SS4, Friday 30th 10:30am and 10:30pm SS4, Saturday 31st 11pm on SS4.


To replay all the action you can still reach the webcast from Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

On-site services/manufacturers

  • 2XU
  • Adidas Eyewear
  • Aon

Useful websites -

Social Media

Facebook – Aon Maadi Cup

Twitter #aonmaadicup2018

Instagram - @aonmaadicup