Fencing New Zealand

Our History

One of the main sources of fencing contact was based around the ports, with encounters occurring with naval officers and cadets, and maritime crew members of visiting ships meeting like minded interested residents and university students for impromptu bouts and competitions. NZ fencers would wait with anticipation the arrival of frigates with known and unknown likely lads.

Canterbury University Fencing Club (located in Christchurch) is believed to be the oldest organised fencing club, with Auckland Swords Club also pre-dating the formation of a national association.

Our Regions

On the 15th June 1938 the national federation was incorporated as the New Zealand Amateur Fencing Association (Inc.), with four sub Provincial Council’s; Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago-Southland. The first national championships were held in 1939. The assocaition remained as NZAFA, with minor constitutional changes until 1997, when the association officially changed its name to Fencing New Zealand and the Provincial Councils were renamed Fencing North, Fencing Central, Fencing Mid-South and Fencing South.

Our Values

We are committed to meeting our mission and expectations in a way that reflects the Fencing New Zealand values of :

  • Respect
  • Excellence
  • Encouragement