About the NZPF

The New Zealand Parachute Federation is the national body that promotes and facilitates sports and competition skydiving in NZ.

Our goal is to promote skydiving as a sport. We also seek to encourage safe skydiving events and competitions to encourage and facilitate skills progression in NZ skydiving. The NZPF is a not-for-profit organisation that represents the interests of all sports skydivers in NZ.

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Establish a sustainable future for NZ sports skydiving.

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Support events and competitions that promote sports skydiving or furthers the interests of NZ skydivers.

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Collaborate with DZ operators to safeguard and improve opportunities and facilities for NZ skydivers.

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Support our National Skydiving Team to represent NZ at skydiving competitions on an international level.

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Raise awareness about learning to skydive in NZ to grow our community of skydivers.

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Promote an inclusive skydiving culture in NZ.

Who Are the NZPF?

The NZPF was established as an incorporated society of its members in 1959. Each year we have approximately 600 skydivers on our membership list. Every 2 years an executive committee is voted in by members to run the NZPF. The committee has four executive roles:

  • President
  • Vice-president
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

The committee meets online on the first Friday of every month to discuss how to progress NZPF projects.

Members

Our Executive Committee

Meet the current NZPF Executive Committee:

Sue Walsh

Sue Walsh

President

I have been a skydiver for almost 20 years. I learned on the static line back home in Ireland. I love to travel and I came to NZ about a decade ago and have been in the stunning South Island ever since, I’ve always been passionate about skydiving as a sport and I’m stoked to be involved with the NZPF. It’s a great opportunity to give back to the sport that has given me so much. I used to be a lawyer and now I run my own business in Nelson/Tasman so I have lots of commercial skills and experience to contribute to my role as President.

 

Natalia Russo

Natalia Russo

Vice-President

Started skydiving in July 2017 in my home country Brazyl and always reconciled with my job. I had a short break from the sport during 2020 for many personal reasons and got back skydiving early 2021 in New Zealand, where I’ve been building my progression and confidence into this amazing sport. I competed in 4 way at the NZPF Nationals 2022, what an unique experience! I’m based in Christchurch and really happy to give back to the sport that has been teaching me so much. I’ve got Business degree, Applied Management Post graduation diploma and vast experience in corporations which gives me knowledge to contribute with NZPF.

 

Liz Peace

Liz Peace

Secretary

My skydiving world started back in 2011. I’m proud to call skydiving my profession and have been working overseas as an Instructor AFF, Coaching, and Tandems. I’m now based in Taupo working out of TTS under FunJump NZ focussing on the support and growth of the kiwi sports scene. It’s great to be a part of the NZPF being able to contribute to the development of our amazing sport in the interest of our community.”

 

Donna Findlay

Donna Findlay

Treasurer

I learned to skydive some time ago. Although I no longer skydive myself, I have an active interest in skydiving as a sport. As such I believe I bring a distinctive outlook to the challenges of the skydiving community. I have had heaps of experience with many aspects of skydiving, including sport skydiving events.

 

Join the NZPF

The NZPF is a voluntary organisation, dedicated to seeing NZ skydiving advance and that would not be possible without the support of our members.

For only $75 per year, your NZPF membership provides:

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The opportunity to help promote, foster and shape the future of New Zealand sport skydiving.
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An option to participate at all NZPF sanctioned events, including the New Zealand National Skydiving Championships and the opportunity to represent NZ overseas (please note that to skydive in NZ you must also be a current member of the NZPIA or NZPO).
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FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) affiliation which is recognised worldwide, and access to an FAI Sporting Licence (compulsory for international competition).
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Capacity to participate on official New Zealand record attempts.
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Representation to governing bodies and stakeholders (NZPIA / CAA / Government).
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Voting rights at the Annual General Meeting.

NZPF Membership

You can become a member of the NZPF in one of two ways:

  • When you pay your annual affiliation fees to the NZPIA you get automatic membership of the NZPF (unless you choose to opt out).
  • You can join the NZPF directly by completing this application form and paying $75 to our bank account.

Participating Members

Participating members are skydivers invited to participate in our monthly meetings and facebook messenger group. They help the committee to get a broader understanding of the needs and objectives of all skydivers around NZ. If you are interested to be a Participating Member please get in touch.

Our current participating members are; Henry Morgan, Nick McDonald, Sarah-Jane Bayram, Jamie Richards, Laura Brosnahan, Molly Griffith, Lily Cooney Wilson, Dakota Keen, Matt Mckay, and Ryan Brawley.

Learn more about the role here:

Other Roles

The NZPF has also created the following roles to help progress NZPF Projects:

  • NZPF Project Coordinator
  • NZ Records Officer
  • Social Media Coordinator

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