Brief History of Korfball in New Zealand
Through the efforts of KDG members during the late 1980s, korfball was introduced
as a physical education module to as many as 100 secondary schools
throughout the country. It reached the stage where a regular annual
tournament was held in the South Island with up to 16, mostly school
teams, taking part. In 1988 and 1989 teams of Australian youth korfballers
visited New Zealand, toured the schools and participated in the
tournaments, where their greater experience and international exposure
saw them prevail over the local teams.
Also in 1989 Dutch international korfballer Elma Bucher visited New Zealand
for an extended period. She travelled the country with poles and
baskets conducting training sessions and clinics at schools and
universities in Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton and Timaru.
Because all progress was dependent on the remote assistance of the IKF or
KA and on a few key individuals rather than any self-sustaining
organisation, the momentum achieved by the KDG was not maintained
beyond the early 1990s. As a result, korfball activity within schools
declined by the latter half of the decade.