Waterway Challenge

Two firefighters spraying firehose
Perhaps our most fun, team-orientated event that taps into vital pump and hose skills
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Run, connect, engage, hit!

Each step of the process relies on team work - the hose to the pump, the standpipe to the hydrant, connectors extending 25 metres. Only through precision, speed and team work can you hit the target.

The Waterway Challenge has been an enduring UFBA tradition since it was first introduced back in 1885. It's an opportunity to put hose-running and pump-operating skills to the test in a fun and competitive environment.

New simplified rules introduced in 2020 mean this event is open to rural as well as urban firefighters.

The Waterway Season is made up of four regional or two Island events annually and one additional national event held every two years. While it's not an Olympic sport, we're dubbing it the 'Firefighter Games' and welcome any teams to prove you're the best!


  • South Waterway Challenge
    Saturday 22 January 2022, Mataura
  • North Island Waterway Challenge
    Saturday 12 February 2022, Havelock North

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Covid-19 disclaimer. Under current NZ Level One we will be progressing with planning an in-person event. Due to the evolving nature of the global pandemic we can only anticipate changes so far in advance. Should any changes be necessary these will be made with the best information available at the time of decision making and with a mind to manage UFBA funds responsibly.

Discover why Waterway has endured as UFBA's best hose and pump skills-related challenge event.

For past results, please email events@ufba.org.nz 

2021 National Waterway results:

2021 South Island Waterway results:

2021 North Island Waterway results:

You can download and learn the rules below:

Rule clarifications 2021:

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For Provincials looking to use UFBA equipment please use the form below and return to events@ufba.org.nz