The KNZ Referee Council is made up of up to seven members, that reflects both the style and geographic spread of karate within New Zealand.
Our role is to establish and maintain a pool of qualified officials at regional, national and international levels as well as maintain a register of officials and their current qualifications.
We do this by conducting regular training seminars for officials, and by offering accreditation examinations to allow progression though the regional and national levels in both kata and kumite.
The council also develops, maintains and publishes policy on the preparation of New Zealand referees for international accreditation.
REFEREE COUNCIL MEMBERS_____________________________________
Dhammika started Shotokan Karate in 1978 and Wado Ryu in 1989 in Sri Lanka. He has represented New Zealand as a referee at OKF and WKF since 2010, and previously represented Sri Lanka as an official and athlete for many years. Dhammika has been the Referee Council Secretary since 2014.
South Island Liaison
Pat started with Seido Karate in Christchurch in 1981 under Sensei Renzie Hanham, and joined Shukokai Karate in 1999 under Sensei Paul Mitchell and Soke Haruyoshi Yamada. He has represented New Zealand as a referee at OKF since 2018, and is the Secretary for KNZ region, Otago Southland.
Jason started martial arts in 1973, moving to Jyoshinmon Shorin Ryu in 2003. He has represented New Zealand at OKF Championships as a referee since 2016, and has been the chairman of Karate Auckland Inc since 2016.
KNZ Referee Council email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact number: 021 877 776
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