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Squash New Zealand has rebranded and changed its name as it progresses on a bicultural journey of inclusivity.

The sporting organisation has incorporated te reo Māori into its title and will now be known as Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa.


Poipātū is the Māori translation of squash.


Squash New Zealand Poipātū Aotearoa Chief Executive Martin Dowson says the name change follows extensive consultation as the organisation looks to build on its inclusivity.


“We know that the multicultural nature of Squash in New Zealand is a big part of what makes squash in our nation so special and different to other countries,” said CEO Martin Dowson.

“This is one small step in a journey of many and it’s one we’re really proud to be making.”


The move also acknowledges that many of New Zealand’s top players, both present and legacy, are Māori. Leilani Joyce, Glen Wilson, Shelley Kitchen, Tamsyn Leevey and Joelle King to name just a few have been some of the best players in New Zealand and the world. At a grassroots level squash also enjoys strong Māori participation.


“Squash is a game for everyone,” added Dowson. “And this move really recognises the huge influence that Māori have had, and continue to have, on squash in New Zealand.”



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