• Deb Stevenson

Festival 2022 Bulletin #1

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Dearest paddling buddies across the globe,

Aotearoa Wahine Toa Ora Trust (AWTO Trust) is the Lake Karapiro, Cambridge, NZ 2022, IBCPC Festival governing Trust that will oversee the festival Organising Committee (OC), and wow, have we been very busy working on the logistics of what we hope will be an unforgettable festival including two days of participatory racing and a week of really stunning events to engage and entice you while you are visiting with us here in New Zealand.

The festival website is now up and running and will be ready for your registration from the 1st April 2020. The website already has some links to travel and adventure experiences you might like to undertake while you are in New Zealand. We have also been posting lots of “teasers” on the IBCPC Facebook page of things you can plan to do while you are in New Zealand, listening to our “charming” accents.

The festival link is www.newzealandbcs2022.com. You can check this out as we get ready to further open the website for registration on the 1st April 2020.


That festival dates are Monday 28th March - April 3rd 2022 inclusive.

We highly recommend that you plan to be in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty area (Hamilton, Cambridge, Matamata, Rotorua) from at least Monday 28th March through till the following Monday 4th April 2022.

REGISTRATION The online registration will include accommodation options, transport options and additional activity options.

In setting the registration fee we have tried to stay in alignment with the 2014 and 2018 festival fees.


  • Full Registration (per paddler and supporter) $US350

  • EarlyBird (per paddler) for the first 25 full teams (minimum 22, maximum 26) that register as EarlyBird $US300

  • For both of the above $US150 per person is payable on registration with the balance payable by 1 April 2021.

  • If you are lucky enough to be an EarlyBird recipient the reduced balance payable at 1 April 2021 will be advised in advance.

  • The team registration must include your drummer and steer/Helm/Sweep.

  • Each team will have its own unique identifier number, which will be provided to you at the time of registration.

  • You will not need to provide the team members names until payment of the balance of the registration fee on 1 April 2021.

  • All we need now is the team name and the minimum number (22) required to register as a team.

  • Once you have registered, paid your deposit and we have allocated you a unique identifier then you can then go ahead and book your accommodation.


Our accommodation partner has block booked most of the hotels/motels in and around the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region. This has been done so that the prices, as at 2019 can be held for 2022, so as to avoid price gouging because of the festival. This enables us to also then track where you are staying and link this with our transport provider.


  • Registration package

  • Goody bag

  • T-shirt

  • Lunches on both racing days

  • Practice sessions prior to race days

  • Opening meet and greet party (including arrival drink and nibbles, plus lots of mixing and mingling)

  • Pink Parade (walking through the streets of Cambridge)

  • Opening ceremony at the village green in Cambridge

  • Transport to and from the race venue

  • Transport to and from the Pink Parade and opening ceremony

  • Transport to and from the meet and greet party

  • Transport to and from practice sessions

  • Transport to and from Congress

  • Attendance at Congress by your nominated representatives

  • 1 day of racing on Saturday

  • 1 day of racing on Sunday

  • IBCPC Global finale (in memory of Sandy Smith)

  • Flower ceremony

  • Closing ceremony and party at Lake Karapiro (dinner voucher included) with dancing

  • Commemorative medal

In addition, we have several optional extra events to offer through our travel partner, Orbit World Travel, here are just a few to start those thoughts flowing as to what you might like to do.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Opera in the Gardens, Hamilton. Limited to 150 per evening, fee applies

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Hobbiton Walk & Fork Tour. Limited to 200 per evening, fee applies

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Tree Top night walk Rotorua. Limited to 100 per evening, fee applies

  • Thursday: Welcome meet and greet early evening party: included in registration package

  • Friday: Street parade and opening ceremony (late afternoon/early evening), included in registration package

  • Saturday: Racing (all day), included in registration package

  • Sunday: Racing, closing ceremony (all day and evening) and closing party with dinner voucher, included in registration package

  • Daylight saving starts on 3rd April. On Sunday morning you get to sleep in for an extra hour!


In order to participate in the 2022 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival, please note the following requirements:

1. All paddlers must have had a diagnosis of breast cancer (includes steer and drummer)

2. Your team must be a member of IBCPC. Check your team is registered with IBCPC at membership@ibcpc.com

3. Each paddling participant must furnish a medical certificate with proof of diagnosis and fitness to paddle by 1st September 2021

4. Each registrant (paddlers and supporters) must submit an authorisation to use images and personal information of legal responsibility (you will find an example on our website in due course)

Composite teams:

Should your full IBCPC member team not be attending the festival then we can help you to join a composite team. We can bring together paddlers from across the globe to paddle in the one team. I have done this myself on three separate occasions while attending IBCPC festivals and I can assure you that the friendships that evolve from these composite teams are friendships for life.

On the other hand should you wish to form your own composite team then we need to know this as you will need to be acknowledged as a temporary team and given IBCPC members status. As an example lets say my team (Abreast of Life) was only sending 12 paddlers and the team from Blenheim (Simply the Breast) was also only sending 12 paddlers, then the two teams could combine to form a composite team and rename themselves say Simply Abreast Paddlers. They would then apply to IBCPC membership for a temporary membership number, which in turn would give them a unique identifier number for registration.

Please advise the organising committee if you wish to do this and we will facilitate this with the IBCPC membership director. Please note that even for composite teams the paddlers must belong to an IBCPC registered member team.

Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to email us on: info@newzealandbcs2022.com

Yours in paddling,

Meri Gibson


AWTO Trust

New Zealand BCS 2022

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