The NZAPP Heats

Our popular NZ Amateur Pole Performer heats run over New Zealand, usually early June with the finals being a few weeks after. Currently held in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch with the finals in Christchurch.

The heats usually fill up FAST, so if you're ready to take on this fun competition you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for any announcements around dates and entries! 


Wondering who's behind the NZAPP heats? Read a little bit about our heat organizers!



Heat Organisers - Rhi

Rhi been managing Altitude Pole Northshore for the past 3 years, becoming a studio co-owner last year with Altitude Pole The Mount.


During this time she has been running twice yearly showcases and was the original organiser for the NZXPO Pole Exhibition. 



Heat Organiser - Joanna Burch

Jo is the owner of The Studio which now has 3 locations, in Tauranga, Hamilton and Whangarei.


As well as running these businesses and juggling a young family, Jo also organises and runs several showcases each year, is a long time studio sponsor of NZAPP who has been heavily involved in the competition over the last 5 years and has been nominated for the NZPIA Industry Person of the Year. 



Heat Organisers - Megan Harris-Early and Kirsty Carter

Megan is the owner of PoleGear NZ and through this business she has become heavily involved in sponsorship of the majority of competitions across NZ. Apart from being a busy mum of 2, PoleGearNZ has become Megan’s full time job. She has been poling for 5 years, has a background in accounting and law and is also a self proclaimed “dance mum”.


Kirsty has been dancing for over 25 years, has a Diploma in Performing Arts, experience in show production and event management, and is currently instructing at The Studio in Mt Maunganui. She also runs a business with her husband and is a mum of 2 young boys. 



Heat Organiser - Michelle Peryman

Michelle is very well known in the NZ pole industry with 9 years experience  (7 of them instructing) and is the the owner of Altitude Pole Redwood.


Michelle has entered various competitions, both here and in Australia, is a former NZAPP competitor and heat winner and is heavily involved in running large pole and aerial events in Christchurch. She somehow manages to fit this all in while being a mum to her 2 gorgeous kids.


Michelle is super passionate about NZAPP and is dedicated to providing both first time competitors and those returning, with a great competition experience.