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2023 Northern Arena Invitational

Kia ora coaches, managers and swimmers,

Welcome to the 2023 Northern Arena Invitational next weekend. Swimming New Zealand is excited to be hosting this event in Auckland at the National Aquatic Centre, we can’t wait to welcome you all!

10 - 12 November

Sir Owen G Glenn National Aquatic Centre, Auckland

Good Behaviour

Swimming New Zealand is committed to creating positive swimming experiences for all involved, and is proud to be part of the Good Sports movement. Across the three days of competition, we trust that all interactions throughout the event will be positive and respectful – please treat others like you would like to be treated.


For more information about Good Sports, please click here.

Programme & Results

Swimming NZ have set up the entries on Swimify, where the programme and results can be found for the event.

Click here to view the programme and results online

We encourage you to download the new Swimify Livetiming app to view the programme and results on your phone.

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The preliminary psych sheets can also be found on our event webpage.

We have decided to provide one printed session programme per club. This will be available at the Resolutions Desk.

Health & Safety

​Please remember to encourage good hygiene practices at this event and use common sense to keep yourself and others safe on pool deck.

Warm-Up Procedure

There will be allocated lanes for fins and paddles during warm up. We ask that you please stick to these lanes as documented on pool deck.

Team Managers Meeting

There will be a team manager meeting held on Friday 10 November at 8.15am in the Officials Room.


Team managers will be given a brief run-down of meet activities, expectations of swimmers and clubs, and general delivery of the event. Each club is asked to have at least one representative at the meeting. If you can’t attend, please have a good understanding of this update.

Club Packs

There are no accreditations required for this event, and therefore no club packs to collect.

Updated World Aquatics Stroke Rules

As communicated on 23 March, we will be enforcing the updated World Aquatics Rules for strokes from the 1 April 2023 onwards.

Learn more here

Medal Ceremonies

There will be no medals presented at this event.

Access To Pool

Access to the pool is via the competitor’s entrance. A volunteer will be at the door to encourage spectators to be seated in the upstairs grandstand. 


Please note, there is no accreditation for this event.

Opening Hours

Competition Days (Fri 10 - Sun 12 November)

Heats = 8am

Finals = 4pm



Self-marshalling will be employed during all heat sessions. Swimmers are asked to be in the marshalling area 4 heats prior to their event. For all 50m events swimmers need to be in the marshalling area 6 heats prior to their event.



Swimmers (including reserves) will need to marshal 6 races prior for 50m events and 4 races prior to their event for all other events and remain in the marshalling area. All swimmers are required to marshal for relays. Swimsuits will be checked at marshalling for legality.


If a swimmer is not present at the time of their event being marshalled, the clerk of course will replace that swimmer with the reserved swimmer.


Seating will be available on pool deck for swimmers, coaches and team managers. Please note that there will be no allocated seating.


Parking is limited at the National Aquatic Centre. The first 90 minutes is free and then the charge is $2/hour thereafter. Please try and limit the number of vehicles you travel in to the meet.


There are no tickets required to be purchased for this event, but we strongly encourage spectators to watch from the grandstand for each session. Spectators can attend for free, through the spectator entrance next to the main pool entrance.


Withdrawals from events for session one will need to be submitted via email by 12pm on Thursday 9 November or at the Team Managers meeting being held at 8.15am on Friday 10 November. Any withdrawals for session one submitted after this will incur a withdrawal fee.


Any further withdrawals for sessions 2 - 6 will not be accepted via email after 12pm Thursday 9 March. Withdrawals need to be made via a withdrawals form which can be found at the resolutions desk. Withdrawals via email will be considered late and will occur a late withdrawal fine.


For timed final events the SNZ Policy 008 will apply.

For timed-finals, withdrawals must be advised by the end of the session preceding the session with the timed final event.


Withdrawals from evening final races will be required to be submitted 30 minutes from posting of event results online.


Any withdrawals after this 30-minute period will occur a $50 fine

DQs & Protests

Disqualifications will be announced and a copy of the DQ form will be available at the resolutions desk located near the turn end on the grandstand side of the pool.

Protests must be submitted to the referee, in writing, on the protest form by the team manager only within 30 minutes following the DQ result posting online. This needs to be accompanied in cash by the $100.00 protest fee.

If conditions causing a potential protest are noted prior to the event a protest must be lodged before the signal to start is given.

All protests shall be considered by the referee. If the referee rejects the protest, they must state the reasons for their decision. The Team Manager may appeal the rejection to the Jury of Appeal whose decision shall be final.

If the protest is rejected, the deposit will be forfeited to SNZ. If the protest is upheld the deposit will be returned.


Swimmers with strapping must provide documentation from a relevant registered health practitioner or physiotherapist and be reviewed by the Technical Director (Carlrine Gillespie) prior to swimming. Any swimmers without such documentation may not be permitted to swim.

Photography & Videography

Photos and videos will be taken throughout the competition. All athletes and spectators have agreed to allow photographs, videos, audio recordings and audio recording to be taken by accredited SNZ contractors to be used for any legitimate purpose by SNZ. If you have any concerns please contact

Spectators agree upon entry that photographic, video or audio recording equipment is prohibited for any purpose which may include, without limitation, video and/or audio recorders, camera tripods, monopods or lenses with a total focal strength of greater than 300mm and commercial digital video equipment. The SNZ Event staff will, at their sole discretion, determine whether or not an item is intended for personal or commercial use.


This event will be not be livestreamed. If you can't attend in person, please stay up-to-date via Swimify and updates on our social media channels.

Team Annoucing

We will be announcing and presenting the New Zealand teams selected for upcoming 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha on the final night of racing (Sunday 12 November). Please stay around to congratulate our NZ teams.


A, B, and C Finals will be swum for all 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m events in the evening sessions as stated below. The finals will race slowest (C final) to fastest (A final).

  • A Final 8 fastest

  • B Final 9 – 16 fastest (Held if 20 swims in heats)

  • C Final 17 – 24 fastest (Held if 30 swims in heats)


Please note that there won’t be any medals awarded for this competition.

Our team looks forward to seeing you on pool deck. It's bound to be a great weekend of racing, best of luck to everyone! 

Nga mihi nui,

Dale Johnson

Head of Participation & Events - Swimming NZ

Code of Conduct

As part of attending this event, you have agreed to comply with the Swimming New Zealand code of conduct. Any behaviour that does not comply may result in further action, which may include being removed from the remainder of the event. Please ensure you exhibit good behaviour towards everyone at the event, including officials, volunteers, staff and other clubs.

Click here to read the Code of Conduct

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