The NZPF defines a Novice as someone who has never competed in a Powerlifting competition. A Novice is permitted to compete in one competition without registering with the NZPF. Anyone who has competed once and wishes to continue to compete is required to join their local Association and register with the NZPF.
The New Zealand Powerlifting Federation (NZPF) is New Zealand's official powerlifting organisation. The NZPF is a member of the International Powerlifting Federation. Competitions are run by the NZPF's six associations throughout NZ. The competitions have age and weight classes.
Sub-Junior (under 14-17 years) Junior (under 18-23 years) Open (anyone) Master I (40-49 years) Master II (50-59 years) Master III (60-69 years) Master IV (70-79 years & women 70+) Master V (80+ years - men only)
Men 53kgs (sub-junior and junior only) 59kgs 66kgs 74kgs 83kgs 93kgs 105kgs 120kgs 120+kgs
Women 43kgs (sub-junior and junior only) 47kgs 52kgs 57kgs 63kgs 69kgs 76kgs 84kgs 84+kgs