Marching first made its appearance on the New Zealand sporting scene in the dark days of the 1930’s depression when Marching teams were formed as part of a nation-wide move to give priority to team sports as an answer to a major problem for leaders of youth groups and social workers arising from the impact of the country’s economic depression and to keep the nation’s young women fit and healthy.

Teams emerged from business houses and factories for inter-house competitions and at wars end were joined by returning members of the armed services who restructured the movement based on a more rigid military style and in 1945 the New Zealand Marching Association (NZMA) was formed to promote, encourage and control participation in the sport of Marching.



Technical Drill routines are a performance of the traditional military-like style of marching of compulsory drills and set march plans.  A technical drill team comprises 7-10 marchers and combines a set Review and Inspection routine and a set March Plan of different type of drills and quantities of movements depending of the age grade performing.  Technical Drill is precision in timing and spacing in movements and the execution and correctness of the drills and plan.  Judging is based on an awarding system and the Technical Drill is covered by 4 judging positions.  Technical Judge A judges at the Review and Inspection and judges position in rank and files, Technical Judge B judges the upper body, hand grips arm-swings, Technical C judge judges footwork and the Technical D judge judges spacing and covering in formations.  All judges are seated at the rear of the field.



The Display phase is designed for teams to perform with 7-14 marchers.  The display phase is a routine of rhythmic movements to enhance the performance and is performed to own choice of music. The Display should project the overall degree of excellence of the ‘picture being presented combined with the ‘look’ of the brilliance and versatility of the Team.  Artistic and gimmicky type movements are permissible provided that, dignity and modesty is maintained. A Display should have visual value and spectator appeal and should finish in an exciting, well planned and co-ordinated manner. Movements must correlate to the music and should demonstrate variety, versatility and have visual value. Accessories, such as hoops, ribbons, flags, rifles etc may be used, but must enhance the overall presentation.  Teams may add to, change or remove items from their uniform (eg change gloves colour, add capes etc) for Display and must be befitting the sport. The Display March is judged by 2 judges from seated positions on the front boundary where they are able to view the display with an overall view of entertainment as seen by the public.