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November 2021
Congratulations to Caleb Binns, Lockie McLaren and Amelia Wheeler who have been named to attend the 2021 Netball Central Zone Advanced Development Camp taking place in Palmerston North 20-21 November.  They are part of a group of seven umpires selected from our Netball Central Zone joining Jane Hickmott from Taranaki and Jamie Manuel, Jessica Williams & Aleisha Cotton from Manawatu.  After attending this camp, umpires may then be invited to Netball New Zealand's National Development Camp in January where they receive additional support ahead of possible appointment to NZ Secondary School and NNZ Open tournaments in 2022.  Best wishes & well done as you embrace this exciting opportunity to broaden your skill sets!

October 2021
We're very proud to celebrate the following recipients of our 2021 Netball Wellington Centre Umpire Awards:
Contribution to Umpiring (Freda Maurirere Trophy) - Caleb Binns
Most Improved Umpire (Kirsten Lloyd Trophy) - Megan Fahey
Junior Umpire of the Year (Barbara Fabish Trophy) - Skyla Hosking
Umpire of the Year (Denise Young Trophy) - Josh Bowring
ell done to the four of you - remarkable accolades for all your hard work throughout the season!

September 2021

Congratulations to Emma Blake, Courtney McCrostie, and Tasman Hughes for passing the NZ theory exam!  Well done to everyone who took the step to sit it. A huge effort by all of you. Thanks also to our super tutors Caleb Binns and Amelia Wheeler. Love your mahi everyone.

August 2021
Congratulations to all of the Netball Central Zone umpires and in particular our NWC umpires: Amelia Wheeler, Caleb Binns, Lockie McLaren, and Marly Howard for being appointed to the Netball NZ Open Champs in September.  And where there are Umpires, there are Umpire Coaches!  Congratulations to Kirsten Lloyd named as part of the umpire coaching panel for the event.

Massive congrats to Claudia Hatfield, Jen Rozendaal, Rhys Egan, and Becky Butler from Netball Wellington Centre on passing their Zone Theory. Also, shout out to super tutors Caleb Binns and Amelia Wheeler. We love the mahi and commitment you as individuals and others are giving towards developing your umpiring. Great work team.

​​​​​​​Congratulations Megan Fahey for achieving your Zone award. Well deserve award after the mahi you have put in over the 2021 season.

July 2021
World Netball are pleased to announce that Kirsten Lloyd has been given International Umpires’ Award Testing Panel (ITP) Cadet status, following a recommendation from Netball New Zealand in line with World Netball procedures.  Congratulations, Kirsten!

Congratulations to our fabulous NWC Umpires Amelia Wheeler, Briar Pawson, Genevieve Coleman, Megan Jamieson along with Umpire Coach Panel member Kelly Herbert and Umpire Coach Developer Ann Hay - all set to strut their stuff and do us proud at the Netball NZ U18 Champs in Rotorua 19-22 July. Enjoy!

Congratulations to the following NWC Umpires selected to attend the North Island Junior Championships in New Plymouth  11-13 July: John Neho, Megan Fahey, Claudia Hatfield and Tapeni Simmons.

June 2021
Thank you to our Umpire Coaches who attended the 2021 Marjorie Jenden Tournament over the weekend – Caleb Binns, Lockie McLaren, Ann Hay, Sarah Littler, Kelly Herbert and Sue Geale for their sideline support.

May 2021
Super excited to see our umpires getting well deserved opportunities this year which sadly COVID19 put on hold last year. Congratulations Lockie McLaren for your appointment as Reserve umpire on Saturday 1 May National League game at ASB Sports Centre. He reserved for Gracey Farquharson and Michelle Stagg.  Exciting to see so many of our NWC umpires there in support of all three umpires.  Great work team umpires!

Fantastic to see netball umpires represented amidst this year's Dominion Post Sport and Recreation Awards!
We extend hearty congratulations to our own successful NWC nominees:
* Official of the Year - Josh Bowring
as well as finalists nominated from our wider netball community:
* Official of the Year - Gareth Fowler (Netball Hutt Valley)
With more than 170 nominations put forward for consideration, making the final list is an honour in itself! It's also an incredible testament to the positive impact that sport and recreation makes in the Wellington region. Winners will be announced at the Awards night on 23 June. All the best to all finalists!

At the Pulse home game on 15 May it was a sad but happy occasion to celebrate Ann Hay and her amazing umpiring career. The contribution Ann has made to the netball and umpiring community, not only in the knowledge she shares, but in the passion and the fun she brings into everything she does is something that will be sorely missed on the court. We know this isn't the end of seeing Ann around the courts and we look forward to seeing what your next journey will be both on and off the court Ann.  We are so grateful for everything you’ve given to all of our NWC and Wgtn region umpires and the game of netball Ann. We are also extremely grateful to Matt, Sarah, James and Olivia for keeping home in order so you could do what you have, locally, regionally, NZ wide and Internationally. Congratulations on a well deserved and earnt retirement Ann.

Congratulations Marly Howard on your ANZ Reserve Debut. Proud moment and just-reward for the mahi you have put into your umpiring!

Congratulations to the following umpires who achieved the following umpire awards:
Introductory Practical Assessment - Rhys Egan and Rebecca Butler
Centre Practical Assessment - Jennifer Rozendaal
NNZ Zone Theory Exam - Aaron Hailwood, Jourdan Craig, Anna Hill ​​​​​​​and Isabella Revell
NNZ C Practical - Genevieve Coleman

Hutt Valley Sports Awards Offiicial of the Year - Gareth Fowler (Netball Hutt Valley)

April 2021
We are excited to celebrate our umpires who have reached milestones - Marly Howard had her NNL debut after a year of waiting due to Covid. She got to celebrate that great achievement with fellow Central Umpire Gracey Farquharson. Caleb Binns had his first reserve duty on NNL, he was reserving fellow Central Umpires Myron Elkington and Jess Lea. We look forward to following your umpiring journey!

January 2021
The International Netball Federation has announced its umpire appointments for the Cadbury Netball Series Constellation Cup and we are delighted to spot a couple of familiar names from our neck of the woods. 
UAPs           Fay Meiklejohn
Umpires     Joshua Bowring
                    Gareth Fowler
                    Kristie Simpson
The Cadbury Netball Series Constellation Cup will take place at the Christchurch Arena in Christchurch and the Trustpower Baypark Arena in Tauranga, New Zealand from the 2nd to 7th March 2021. Here's wishing Josh & Gareth all the best!

November 2020 
Netball New Zealand has celebrated the sport’s community volunteers at the Cadbury Netball Series against England, announcing this year’s Cadbury Volunteer of the Year award winners. 
Jason Pope, Amelia Wheeler, Jo Morriss, Georgia Trent and Dana Turnbull were presented with their awards during the third Test between the Silver Ferns and English Roses at Claudelands Arena in Hamilton – recognition for their contribution to the sport in one of the most demanding years for grassroots netball. 
Young Wellington umpire, Amelia Wheeler, was named as Cadbury Volunteer Official of the Year having been described as a ‘real ambassador’ of the game from a young age. 
Wheeler is an umpire coach for player umpires in Wellington East and is a board intern who provides not only the youth voice but the umpires’ voice at board meetings. 
She tutors the New Zealand and Zone theory classes and helped to set up online classes when COVID restrictions disrupted the season.