Te Tauihu o Te-Waka-a-Māui


​​​​​​​Volleyball Tasman Incorporated - representing the top of the South Island.

Te Tauihu o Te-Waka-a-Māui (the prow of Māui’s Waka)

VOLLEYBALL TASMAN INCORPORATED (VTI) emerged from the formal amalgamation of Nelson Bays Volleyball and Tasman Volleyball in 2021-22.

VTI is an affiliate of Volleyball New Zealand (VNZ) and represents Member Organisations, Clubs and Schools from Kaikoura and Marlborough in the east, and across the top of the South Island (Nelson Bays, Motueka Golden Bay) to the west with Buller and West Coast volleyball. A large demographic servicing 8 Member Organisations and Clubs, and 14 Colleges.

VTI has an interim Executive Committee of 11 volunteers – Amanda Elworthy (President), Kylie Robertson (Vice President), Patricia Noble, Patrick Adamson, Sanae Soutar, Arnella King, Neil Anderson, Gary Rowse, Sam Adams, Nicole Lams and Brendan Crichton.

Service Contractors (Pamela Brodie, Josh Ovsenek. Gary Walker) are responsible for administration and finance, and game development, competitions, tournaments, and representation.

VTI provides and supports quality local and regional competitions, participation in island and national competitions, and in 2022 will host the South Island Junior Beach Volleyball Championship in November. Our well-established championship events are Tasman Senior College Championships, Tasman Junior College Championships (Y9-10), Tasman Div.2 College Championships; Tasman Inter-School Spiker (Y7-8) Championships and the Roy Titheridge Invitation Tournament (Y9-10). Recently, VTI introduced Junior College and Senior College Beach Championship tournaments.

Schools from the Tasman region participate in Volleyball New Zealand National Schools Championships, and South Island Juniors Championships. Opportunities for higher representation are supported by VTI with teams selected for the Inter-provincial Championships - with emphasis on the U19 and U17 Age Group boys and girls.

VTI has a very strong development programme providing a pathway from an introduction to volleyball, to representation. Participation in the TE TOTARA Development Programmes continues to exceed expectations with over 220 young people from ages 8-19 attending the January programmes and 80-120 participating in July and October. The 2021 initiative PIPELINE provides opportunities for Age Group players wishing to train and trial for representative teams.

Local competitions in Marlborough, Kaikoura, Nelson, Motueka, Buller, Greymouth and Hokitika provide a variety of levels of competition and tournaments for young Kiwi Volley players through to recreational and competitive leagues and tournaments.

Our funders and sponsors play a major role in helping VTI and our Member Organisations, Clubs and Schools, adjust to new environments, continue to develop new active opportunities for our communities and strengthen our resolve to continue to provide quality volleyball programmes. We sincerely thank them all for their continued support across the region.