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Clubs Newsletter - February

In this issue:
  • 2019 Officials Training seminars
  • Equipment available for use
  • Grassroots Training
  • New Moto Trials Commissioner
  • MX Track Guidelines
  • Trail Ride Guidelines
2019 is now in full swing, as are our New Zealand Superbike and Motocross Championships. There is also a large number of major events being run across all our disciplines in this first part of the year. A special thanks to all our Clubs, Volunteers and Sponsors for coming together to bring these events to the forefront of our sport. 
Dates are out for the 2019 Officials Training seminars around the country, beginning in Whangarei on 16th February. If you have volunteers that you think would be great to have on board and progress as a Steward or Clerk of Course, make sure you get them to register and send them along. A reminder that Officials are now graded as "Trainee", "Club" or "National" with discipline specific endorsements based on your experience. 
Register for Officials Training
MNZ has various pieces of equipment that are available for Clubs to use at your events. We have plenty of MNZ flags and banners that the Office can send to your Club to "dress-up" your venue for an event. 
We have also recently purchased 165 yellow Acerbis Track Markers (most commonly used for motocross) that you can borrow to mark out your tracks if required.

Give us a call if there's anything your Club may need help with. 

One of the key factors that was identified in our 2018 Clubs survey was the need for more training options at the grassroots level.

In light of this, look out for more information in the coming months regarding a "Coach the Coaches" seminar with the legendary Niki Irwin. This will then provide us with accredited coaches for implementing a "Kick Start" programme within Clubs, in both the Road and Off-Road sectors. 


MNZ is thrilled to announce the appointment of Paul Jackson to the position of Moto Trials Commissioner. 

Paul has over 30 years experience in the sport and is a Life Member of Pioneer Motorcycle Club, having previously held several roles within the Club over the years.

Paul is extremely passionate about the sport and has clear and exciting visions for the future of Moto Trials. He wishes to focus on bringing the sport “to the masses instead of being the secret society of motorcycling” and in doing so, increase the growth and awareness of Moto Trials for riders and spectators of all backgrounds. 

Paul has experience in competing overseas and says he has ideas that could be brought back to New Zealand for implementation. He has great plans and MNZ is looking forward to having him on board!

For those Clubs involved in motocross, please take a look and feel free to provide feedback on these guidelines that have been developed for MX tracks. The 2019 Senior MX Championship tracks are currently being inspected against these guidelines which remain in draft and will do so while they are continually developed over what is anticipated to be a 2-3 year period. We would love your feedback and this can be sent to
View MX Track Guidelines
The draft Trail Ride Guidelines will be completed in the next quarter following one more Trail Ride audit. One audit has already been completed late last year and feedback provided to that Club. 

These Guidelines have been developed in order to comply with current Health and Safety Requirements, and because a best practice national standard is needed. Recently we have had some brilliant feedback from riders attending MNZ Trail Rides and understand some riders are now querying whether an organised ride is affiliated to MNZ or not. 

Please be reminded that as with any worthwhile project, there is a cost involved and therefore a small rider levy of $2 per rider for all Trail Rides was introduced from 1 April 2018. The total payable to MNZ is capped at $500 per event, so for large trail rides anything over and above can be retained by your Club. When your Club applies for a permit, MNZ will provide you with a disclaimer agreement, to be signed by each rider at sign-on.  We are reliant on accurate recording of participant details on the agreement. The information will be vital should there be an accident and/or investigation, so it is important that all riders sign it.
On that note, we wish to send out a big thank you to Clubs for taking Health & Safety seriously. We are receiving some positive feedback from riders, officials and manufacturers on the way events are set out and run, so thank you to our Clubs and their volunteers for taking this on!

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