The first New Zeland Inline Hockey open tournament was held in May 1995. The New Zealand Inline Hockey Association (NZIHA) was formed in August of that same year.
All member Inline Hockey clubs are required to be incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act and to have objectives that are similar to that of the NZIHA.
The sport of Inline Hockey has it's orgins in the USA. The sport quickly spread to other countries and is now played extensively in Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australasia. Senior World Championships are held annually. World Championships provide for the top 16 countries to participate annually based on qualifying completion and seeding.
New Zealand first qualified for a place in the World Championships at the Asia/Pacific Qualification Tournament in 1999 and continues to participate based on the qualifying process governed by international bodies.
In 2009, New Zealand Inline Hockey was registered with the charities commission.
To be recognised as a unique, competitive, team sport.
Promoting and growing amateur inline hockey at all levels with a focus on providing youth a healthy lifestyle into adulthood.
This information has been taken from the NZIHA Strategic Plan.
Please download the plan for more information:
NZIHA Strategic Plan 2010 - 2014.