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Parkour is a primarily non-competitive discipline and philosophy where practitioners adapt their movement to overcome physical obstacles in their environment. It is an empowering and diverse activity with several different schools of practice. Hover over a tile to learn more.

Art du Deplacement

Art du Déplacement (ADD) is the original French name for the practice, dating back to the late 80’s. Four of the original Yamakasi founders have continued to develop it via the ADD Academy network. There are no ADD schools in New Zealand.


Parkour, the most popular name for the practice, is attributed to David Belle and is often described as moving from A to B efficiently, but inefficient and play-like activities are also characteristic. Many parkour practitioners practice freerunning and often use the terms interchangeably.


Freerunning, coined by Sebastian Foucan, is typically described as a more stylistic and acrobatic expression of the practice. Most freerunners also practice parkour and often use the terms parkour and freerunning interchangeably.

Sport Parkour

Sport Parkour encompasses competitive formats based on specific parkour and freerunning training styles – small snapshots of what takes place in wider parkour and freerunning training. As with the rest of the practice, competitive events are continually evolving.


Most Common Questions

What is freerunning? / Can you do a backflip?

  • The word freerunning was first used to describe parkour to an English speaking audience in the documentary Jump London. It is now most commonly associated with the more freestyle and acrobatic way of moving through ones environment.
  • Sebastian Foucan (founder of freerunning) defines it as “the art of expressing yourself through movement in your environment without limitations”.
  • In most places, parkour and freerunning are trained side by side and parkour is increasingly used as the umbrella term for both. Get amongst it!
  • Backflips are not a requirement or necessity for parkour or freerunning, though many practitioners do them.

Is parkour safe?

  • Parkour is actually all about safety (not danger) and is an excellent tool for teaching sound risk assessment. Even though skilled parkour practitioners can seem like they are doing daring feats, compared to the average person, they are typically more measured in their approach to training than beginners.
  • Parkour is not about stunts, and there is no expectation that new practitioners should copy what they see others doing. Most parkour techniques can be broken down and scaled, allowing for safe progression at each individual’s preferred pace.
  • Small cuts, bruises and scrapes come with the territory, but serious injuries are rare in parkour so long as you train sensibly. Start small and build up gradually over time. Only attempt things that you know you’re capable of and never do anything just because somebody told you to. If you follow the philosophy of parkour then avoiding major injuries for all of your training days is a very real possibility.

When is the next parkour gathering or community event?

  • Have a look at the sidebar or go direct to the event calendar to see when the next gatherings and events are.

Where is the nearest training facility or parkour park?

  • Right outside your front door! Parkour was born outdoors and that’s where it really thrives.
  • Currently there are no dedicated “parkour parks” in New Zealand, though there are indoor facilities that provide parkour training. While there are benefits to such spaces, you should know that the whole world is your playground – that means parkour parks are luxury items, not necessities.
  • Read our publication on Key Elements and Recommendations for the Integration of Parkour in Landscape and Design.

Should I start learning parkour inside first?

  • Not necessarily. It’s possible that no outdoor options suit you or your kids, so take what you can get it. However, some indoor training options (e.g. gymnastic centres) do not replicate natural or urban environments as they are not parkour facilities. Learning skills indoors and taking them outdoors does not always adequately prepare a practitioner for the demands of the real world and can be dangerous.
  • It can actually be safer to build up slowly in an outdoor environment where you’re required to have respect for yourself and your surroundings, receiving the necessary feedback to make wise decisions instead of pushing your boundaries without thinking in a “safe” environment.

I want to learn parkour, are there classes I can take?

  • Yes, there are training opportunities in most cities in New Zealand to suit everyone’s needs. Free training sessions facilitated by NZ Parkour members, classes by NZ Parkour instructors or our delivery partners and more.
  • To see what is available in your area, visit your training page.

What is parkour?

  • Parkour is a way of thinking/behaving mixed with a way of moving and training the body/mind. Parkour practitioners adapt their movements to overcome obstacles in their environment and at the same time, adhere to specific philosophies that guide their training.
  • Check out the what is parkour? page for a deeper look.

About NZ Parkour

Are there competitions? / Do you sponsor athletes?

  • Parkour is primarily non-competitive and though competitive opportunities are increasing, our main focus is on grassroots participation.
  • Our annual competition is called JAMZAC and held in Auckland over around ANZAC weekend.
  • We do regularly host and run community events that everyone can attend – see for yourself.

Do you teach instructors?

  • Yes, we have run numerious professional development workshops for instructors and are currently developing a coaching pathway that includes courses and a full certification. Head over to the coaching department for details.
  • We work with Regional Sports Trusts, running professional development workshops for PE teachers and sport coordinators.

What does NZ Parkour do?

  • If it’s parkour related, we do it; from advocacy to professional development, consultation to workshops, presentations to classes. Have a look at our what we do and see how we can help you. If what you’re looking for isn’t listed, ask us anyway, we bet we can help!

Who runs NZ Parkour?

  • NZ Parkour is run by some of the most experienced and passionate parkour practitioners from around the country and most of them are volunteers.
  • Have a look at the contact page to see same names and faces.

Parkour Training

What's the tallest thing you've jumped off? / What's the most extreme thing you've done?

  • Parkour is not an extreme sport or an activity for daredevils, nor is it about jumping off tall buildings and seeking thrills. Parkour is about the pursuit of sustainable self-development of the body and mind. It requires dedication, patience, and perseverance; a measured approach that allows one to grow and learn without hurting oneself, others or the environment.

Will I get in trouble for doing it?

  • Parkour is not illegal, but you have to be sensible where you do it. We do not condone trespassing and will not advocate for you if you have been caught doing something illegal. Keep your training to public places.
  • If you’re ever stopped by property owners, staff, security or police, stop your training and talk with them. Explain what parkour is, why you’re doing it, how the space you’re using is valuable to you and direct them to us for more information if necessary. If after a discussion they want you to go somewhere else, listen to them and find somewhere else to train. The last thing you want to do is have an argument and build a bad relationship.

What do I do in bad weather?

  • Go training! Just like training solo and with others is important, training in good and bad weather conditions prepares you for all scenarios.

Should I train alone or in a group?

  • You should try to do both! Parkour is a personal activity, so you need to train alone to truly know how your body moves and how your mind works in a training situation when you haven’t got any friends around. At the same time, parkour thrives in a community context, so train with other people to get fresh ideas and encouragement. Try not to get stuck in either camp.

Can I do parkour if I don't live in a city?

  • You sure can. Parkour isn’t an urban only activity, there just tends to be more people and more accessible obstacles in an urban environment.

What clothes/shoes do I need?

  • Light, flexible clothing is ideal, such as shorts/track pants and t-shirts. You don’t actually need to wear shoes to do parkour, but again, light and flexible is the key. Check out our blog for some shoe reviews.

What if I'm old, can I still do parkour?

  • Absolutely! All you need to do is get out there and give it a go. If you want some company, check out the training page.

What should I do to get fit/ready to do parkour?

  • You can actually do parkour right now regardless of how you feel or what you are capable of. Parkour is a training method where YOU define the obstacles and movements. You get to tailor your training to fit yourself in whatever stage of life/training you’re in. If you need some ideas or inspiration, head along to a local training or a class, they’ll work with you to show you what will be appropriate.

How much does it cost to do parkour?

  • Parkour is as cheap as you want it to be! You can start doing parkour right now for free (head over to your training page and to see how you can meet up with the locals) and never pay a cent.
  • Parkour NZ runs classes in Hamilton with termly, yearly and casual drop in rates. Check out the Shop for details.
  • Classes by parkour industry providers will vary from city to city and provider to provider. You will need to contact them directly for information.
  • If you stick with parkour it will change the way you view the environment and there’s a good chance you’ll get the itch to travel all over the world, to meet new people and explore foreign lands – this can get expensive. You have been warned 😉

Parkour History

What is a traceur/traceuse?

  • These are the French male/female terms for a parkour practitioner.

What does the word 'parkour' mean?

  • The word parkour is an anglicised version of the French word “parcours” which means route or course.

Where does parkour come from? / Who invented it?

  • The short answer is that it comes from France and was developed by 9 young men in the suburbs of Paris in the late 1980’s.
  • The full history of parkour is much richer however and is worth looking into.


Considerations and Strategies

Parkour started as an outdoor practice in urban and natural areas of Paris. The connection between the human body and outdoor environments, i.e. in the city and in nature, is key to a flourishing parkour experience. This is where we learn to truly understand our bodies and how they relate to the world we live in.

When training outdoors, there are several ideas and strategies that practitioners should consider:

Suitable Training Locations

Part of being a capable practitioner and having good training experiences is knowing where to train. Some of the most popular training locations are areas that provide a lot of variety – heights, distances, terrain, textures, materials, etc. but any obstacles that can sustain parkour training may also suitable. However, it is helpful for everyone if you stick to public spaces or areas that you have permission to train in.

Consider the context of your desired training location as some areas may only be suitable during daylight hours, or only suitable outside of work hours.

Prior to any training, test the obstacles to ensure they are robust and can withstand the type of movements you intend. Also check the surfaces to see if your hands, shoes, or feet have enough grip. Avoid training on slippery surfaces if you are unprepared for them.

Physical and Mental Ability

Parkour is, of course, a dynamic physical activity and thus injuries are possible. It is, however, a ‘challenge by choice’ activity, i.e. self-controlled, so you can take sensible measures to reduce the chances of accidents happening.

Prepare your body and mind through adequate warm-ups, physical conditioning, and progressive skill training. Avoid pushing your limits or attempting new skills when you’re fatigued and don’t show off. Eat and stay hydrated during training. Consider also the long-term impact of your training (to be and to last) and general health habits.

The following questions may be helpful:

  • Have I warmed up?
  • Have I done this before?
  • Have I done something similar to this?
  • Do I have any doubts about my safety?
  • Am I tired? / Should I take a break?
  • Is this type of training sustainable?
  • Am I getting enough rest/adequate nutrition?

Respect for Others / Environment

The most suitable and available spaces for parkour training have typically been designed with other purposes in mind. Therefore, be respectful of these spaces and of the other users who may occupy them.

Utilise the ‘leave no trace’ ethic. In other words, do not damage property or gardens (if an accident does occur, inform the appropriate people). Choose obstacles that are suitable for parkour. If they are broken, or cannot sustain large forces, do not train on them. Take any rubbish with you, and if possible, leave the location in better condition than you found it.

Refrain from disrupting others when training in spaces that are also close to areas of work or study. You should consider your general presence, activities, and your noise. Do not block pedestrian, cycle, or wheelchair access ways. In general, give other users the right of way.

Parkour training can look spectacular. Sometimes this can draw a crowd, encourage others to copycat (particularly young people) and in other circumstances can frighten or frustrate people. Consider how your training may influence those around you.

Also, ensure you’re being respectful to other practitioners of all experience levels. Take turns, give and receive advice, watch out for each other.

Lastly, many people do not have regular interactions with the parkour community, so your actions will often inform their opinions of parkour. It is, therefore, important to be a good ambassador for the practice.


  • Parkour is primarily an outdoor activity, so train outdoors regularly.
  • Choose training locations that are safe and appropriate to use.
  • Respect the environment you’re training in.
  • Respect other people you are training with.
  • Respect other people in the area you’re training.
  • Consider the impact your training has on others.
  • Be a good ambassador for parkour.


Considerations and Strategies

Indoor training is a recent phenomenon for parkour and even more recent in New Zealand. It can be a helpful addition to real outdoor training, but it is not an adequate substitute (i.e. if you only train inside, you don’t really do parkour).

When considering training indoors or going to an indoor facility, there are several topics that need unpacking:

Indoor training is NOT a progression to outdoor training.

Parkour is an outdoor activity that has become ‘indoorised’ due to various commercial enterprises. However, it has not been, nor is it, a necessary progression for outdoor training.

Be wary of any indoor provider that says something like “we provide a safe indoor space to learn parkour” or “our classes will prepare your kids for outdoor training”. Indoor environments appear safe, however, the presence of padding, mats, or other soft obstacles often causes people to switch off their risk assessment skills. This creates an environment where the boundaries are pushed before skills and strength are ready, thus putting people in greater danger of injury.

Does the indoor space replicate the outdoor environment?

If an indoor facility does not have real-world materials (think steel bars, plywood, or even concrete obstacles), then it doesn’t replicate the kinds of obstacles you find outside and won’t adequately prepare you for real parkour training. The kinds of equipment found in gymnastics gyms, for example, are not found outdoors and can’t teach you about grip and moving safely on different surfaces (e.g. trees, concrete, bricks, in variable weather, etc.).

Having access to mats, trampolines, or foam pits can be helpful for progressing various acrobatic movements in freerunning, but they are not necessary for the foundational movements of parkour. Only outdoor training can truly prepare you for outdoor training. Case in point, learning to roll on a mat, sprung floor, and even grass, will not give you the necessary feedback to roll safely on concrete.

Is it even parkour?

Parkour is rapidly growing in popularity and there are many groups seeking to capitalise on the ‘parkour’ name, but in truth, most of these are not providing quality or accurate parkour opportunities. Parkour is not, for example, a discipline of gymnastics, part of ninja warrior, or even tricking – nor are these activities different styles of parkour. All of these activities (and most importantly parkour) are distinct activities with their own unique histories, cultures, and communities.

If you have concerns about the authenticity of a facility or their services, get in touch.

If you’re interested in training indoors we recommend doing so with a Parkour NZ Member Organisation. These groups operate indoor facilities that a) try and replicate real-world obstacles using hard materials and b) have lessons delivered by experienced practitioners who know how to mentor and coach new practitioners in indoor environments without compromising safety. Look out for the following badges for approved indoor facilities:


The benefits of indoor training:

  • Not getting kicked out
  • Consistent light
  • Keeping warm and dry in winter (it’s important to know how to move when it’s wet, but it can be nice having access to a dry space)
  • Being able to move obstacles to create challenges not available in your city
  • Being able to build obstacles not available in your city

The drawbacks of indoor training:

  • Can create a false sense of security
  • Limited obstacles
  • Having to share a smaller space with more people
  • Costs $$
  • They don’t allow you to build knowledge about, or relationship with, your city
  • Sometimes the parkour classes are not actually parkour classes


If you have a body that can move, then you can do parkour. Young, old, fit, unfit, experienced, unexperienced – everyone can benefit from parkour training. Here in New Zealand we have a thriving parkour community full of people who will jump at the chance to help you begin your journey.


Flow Academy of Motion, Albany – Parkour NZ Member Organisation

Flow Albany (North Shore) and Flow Pakuranga (Highland Park) are two of NZ’s premier indoor parkour and multidisciplinary facilities. They offer an extensive class timetable and drop-in hours. Visit their website for details.

Parkour NZ

In Hamilton, we run two of our own outdoor classes during the school term. See 2022 dates below:

Term 1: February 14th – April 11th
Term 2: May 2nd – July 4th (NO Class June 6th, Queens Birthday)
Term 3: July 25th – September 26th
Term 4: October 17th – December 19th


When: Mondays, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Where: Waikato University (outside UniRec)
Who: 8yrs – 13yrs (we allow some under 8s on a trial basis with parental participation). Parents train for free!
Price: $10 drop in (term registration available – see link below).


When: Mondays, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Where: Waikato University (outside UniRec)
Who: 14+ (no age cut off, and we also shoulder tap under 14s who we think will do well in this more advanced class)
Price: $15 drop in (term registration available – see link below)

Classes run rain or shine. Participants will be notified in the event of a cancellation.

Visit the shop for more class information and term registration.


Project AIR – Parkour NZ Member Organisation

Hamilton’s only indoor facility for parkour and freerunning offers parkour for kids and adults run by Parkour NZ endorsed coaches. They also have tricking lessons and open gym. Visit their website for details.

Free Training

Inness Common Parkour Training Area

This spot is the first dedicated parkour training space in New Zealand, designed by Parkour NZ in consultation with Hamilton City Council. It sits beside the yacht club and public toilets at Innes Common at Lake Rotoroa (Hamilton Lake) and is free and open for public use by everyone.

Facebook Community Groups

Join the Northland Parkour Facebook group to join in with free training with other practitioners in Northland.

Join the Auckland Parkour Facebook group to join in with free training with other practitioners in Auckland.

Join the Hamilton Parkour Facebook group to join in with free self-led training with other practitioners in the Waikato.

Join the Tauranga Parkour Facebook group to join in with free training with other practitioners in the Bay area.

Join the New Plymouth Parkour Facebook group to join in with free training with other practitioners in Taranaki.

Join the either the Wanganui Parkour Facebook group or Palmerston North Parkour Facebook group to join in with free training with other practitioners in Manawatu-Wanganui.

Join the Wellington Parkour Facebook group to join in with free training with other practitioners in Wellington.

Join the Marlborough Parkour Facebook group to join in with free training with other practitioners in Marlborough.

Join the Christchurch Parkour Facebook group to join in with free training with other practitioners in Christchurch.

Join the Queenstown Parkour Facebook group or the Dunedin Parkour Facebook group to join in with free training with other practitioners in Otago.

Join the Invercargill Parkour Facebook group to join in with free training with other practitioners in the Southland area.

National Facebook Page

Join the New Zealand Parkour & Freerunning Facebook group to connect with practitioners across the country.


Parkour NZ membership is one of the best ways to demonstrate your passion for and involvement in the New Zealand parkour community.

Non-Financial Member


Show us that you’re part of the community by becoming a non-financial member. Your membership will enable us to more accurately understand the spread of interest and participation in New Zealand, helping us to get funding and direct it at the right parts of the country.

  • Annual membership
  • Newsletter subscription

Financial Member


The best way to show your support for parkour in New Zealand is by becoming a financial member. Not only will your membership help us to better understand our community and help us to get funding, you’ll be able to directly influence the direction of parkour in New Zealand (think parkour parks, jams, competitions, facilities, community initiatives, etc.).

  • Annual membership
  • Newsletter subscription
  • Voting rights at Parkour NZ meetings
  • Participate in Parkour NZ competitions


NZ Parkour works with high-quality groups to ensure that New Zealanders have access to the best possible parkour offerings and can, therefore, benefit from its life-changing traits.



Flow Academy – Albany is New Zealand’s largest parkour and multidisciplinary facility. They have an extensive timetable of kids, teens, and adults classes as well as adult drop-in sessions. They’re available for parties and run regular holiday programmes and an annual camp!

Visit their website for more details.

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Flow AcademyPakuranga is Flow’s original Auckland parkour and multidisciplinary facility.

Visit their website for more details.

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Project AIR is Hamilton’s first and only indoor facility for parkour. They offer weekly evening lessons for kids and adults run by Parkour NZ endorsed coaches. They also have freerunning lessons delivered by Team Hysteria, and an open gym slot.  Project AIR is available for holiday programmes and other workshops.

Visit their website for more details.


NZ Parkour is the National Recreation Organisation governing, supporting, and providing for the parkour and wider community. As a registered charity, we use parkour as a vehicle for positive self-development in people's lives.


New Zealand Parkour – Tauhōkai Aotearoa (NZ Parkour)

On May 6th 2011, NZ Parkour was gifted the name Tauhōkai Aotearoa by Te Haumihiata Mason from Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – The Māori Language Commission.

‘Tauhōkai’ = to glide [flow], move quickly, reach. This describes the manner in which parkour practitioners glide fluidly over their terrain.

‘Aotearoa’ = The land of the long white cloud, a.k.a New Zealand. This is the country that we live in and the people we represent.

NZ Parkour Ensō

An ensō is “a circle that is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create”[1].

The journey of the practitioner is to be able to move and think effectively and instinctually. For us, the ensō (with the addition of the silver fern) depicts the journey of the kiwi parkour practitioner.


NZ Parkour  was incorporated in 2011 by some of New Zealand’s most experienced and passionate parkour practitioners to assist in the healthy development of our discipline and the growth of New Zealand’s parkour scene.

The early development of NZ Parkour was achieved with the assistance of the Australian Parkour Association (APA). We have formed a strong relationship with the APA, our closest neighbouring community. We continue to operate a trans-Tasman partnership with the APA to build upon and create a positive and consistent future for our community.

In 2013, to better reflect the desires of the community, NZ Parkour became the first national parkour organisation to also be registered as a charity. NZ Parkour provides for the practising community while concurrently using parkour’s unique life-changing traits to encourage, inspire and change peoples lives.

In 2017, NZ Parkour became a founding member federation alongside the APA, Parkour UK, Parkour South Africa, FPK, and Poland, of Parkour Earth, the international federation for parkour.


We are the kaitiaki of parkour and freerunning throughout Aotearoa New Zealand

Our Mission

The primary role of Parkour NZ – Tauhōkai Aotearoa is to nurture the physical, social, mental/emotional, and spiritual wellbeing of individuals and communities through the practice of parkour.

The secondary role is to actively grow and support the development and recognition of parkour within Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our Vision

Parkour NZ – Tauhōkai Aotearoa will provide a supportive environment to help develop and guide relevant, quality opportunities and services to support the growth and capability of parkour for all New Zealanders. Parkour NZ – Tauhōkai Aotearoa advocates for the wider parkour community at both a national and international level.

Our Values

Our values are the code that we operate by. They underpin all our work and shape how we manoeuvre, helping to make our vision a reality whilst upholding the intent and mana of Te Tiriti o Waitangi:

  1. Community: We are open and inclusive of all peoples, cultures, and journeys.
  2. Adaptability: Landscapes and challenges change, our movements and actions transform to meet them.
  3. Stewardship: Sensible ownership of our actions and responsibilities.
  4. Longevity: Living lives of safe continual progression for lasting health.
  5. Spirit: Passion for and dedication to living and spreading the original essence of parkour.


Dr Damien Puddle
CEO (Non-Voting Member)
Damien is a founding member of Parkour NZ and in 2013, after officially taking over leadership, has been spearheading the growth of the organisation. He is passionate about parkours transformative powers and loves providing opportunities for the diverse practitioner base in New Zealand.

In 2019 he completed his PhD on parkour and globalisation (Making the Jump: Examining the Glocalisation of Parkour in New Zealand), and was recently appointed as CEO of Parkour Earth.

Nigel Elvidge
Co-Opted Member (Chair). Term: 2021 - 2024
Nigel has been involved in sports, education, and coaching for a long time. He has a passion for how these can help individuals and communities grow and develop. He's always had an interest in activities that are often perceived as ‘alternative’ as this is where boundaries are pushed and creativity can flourish.

His involvement with parkour has been to support and identify areas of potential growth at both local and national levels and challenge the way in which parkour is both perceived and portrays itself whilst maintaining its integrity and ethos.

Nigel believes parkour has much to offer and is greatly enjoying working with a proactive Board in this time of challenge and growth.

Emma Nitayawan
Co-Opted Member. Term: 2020 - 2023
Emma has been active in the NZ Parkour community for 7 years having been introduced to it by her (now) husband Tana. In that time Emma has helped raise the sport’s profile by bringing Parkour into the classroom and helped run public classes, and assisted with hosting the National Gathering in Christchurch.

That unique quality of the Parkour discipline was never more valuable to Emma than when in late 2018 she had a fall from 10ft and landed awkwardly; the resulting injury left her unable to walk and needing full-time use of a wheelchair for mobility. 18 months later, after attending NATGAT 2020 she realised that she could still effectively coach and instruct people without partaking physically in Parkour, allowing her to continue to be an active part of the Parkour family in New Zealand. Emma is an enthusiastic advocate of showing each and every person that “our abilities are infinitely stronger than our disabilities”.

Michelle Kan
Elected Member. Term: 2020 - 2023
Michelle has been quietly involved in the NZ parkour scene for many years, alternating between filming the community and practicing themselves – be it physically or in the application of its principles to ace their daily life. Their love of parkour saw them devote two years to creating MOVE (Flow Like Water): A Parkour Documentary (2015), Aotearoa’s first feature film on the NZ parkour community.

Michelle’s own journey with parkour has been one of inner strength and self-development, and they find comfort and solidarity in the traditional Chinese philosophies within parkour’s ideals. From their own experience, they believe wholeheartedly in the application of parkour to help tackle mental health issues and hope to make it an accessible practice to other queer & disabled youth and POC who may benefit from it as they have.

Spencer Barley
Elected Member. Term: 2020 - 2023
Spencer has been an active member of the New Zealand Parkour scene for almost 10 years. He has attended and taught classes; joined and started media projects; travelled to and hosted national jams. He is passionate about the continued development of parkour, it’s culture, and its practitioners. With past experience working with city councils, non-for profits, and private businesses, Spencer has seen parkour through many different lenses. While at the same time, he remains a part of, and deeply connected to, the grass-roots community. Spencer’s passion is to mediate and work with both domains (the professional and the practitioner) to promote the growth and health of the overall community in New Zealand.

Phil Hyde
Co-Opted Member. Term: 2019 - 2022
Phil has always been involved in one sport or another. He played premier and A grade club cricket for many years, until injury forced him to slow down. These days his involvement is sport is (mostly) social, but regular exercise remains an important part of Phil’s life. Phil is a commercial lawyer in Hamilton and advises a large number of not for profit clients on various legal matters. Phil’s involvement with Parkour is recent, having been appointed to the Board to contribute his knowledge and experience in various commercial and legal matters that now face NZ Parkour. He is excited about Parkour’s future in New Zealand, particularly with the changing nature of attitudes towards traditional sports and physical activity.

Tim Dorrian
Elected Member. Term: 2021 - 2024
Tim has been wildly passionate about parkour since he first started training in 2009. As a teenager, parkour became a positive outlet for some unhealthy emotions, encouraging him to focus on progression instead of negativity.

Attending his first community gathering (HamJam 2009) opened his eyes to the value of the New Zealand Parkour community. Since then, parkour has been a huge part of his life, crediting it as the source of his first business, and the philosophy he lives by.

Tim’s committed to sharing parkour with Wellington, and the rest of New Zealand to help more Kiwi’s discover the benefits of parkour.

Martini Miller-Pānapa
Elected Member. Term: 2022 - 2025
Martini, (Marts for short) has been keenly involved in developing local communities since first starting to train parkour in Invercargill back in 2009. This community development work was acknowledge when he was a recipient of one of the inaugral community awards.

As someone who has trained with communities all over the planet, Marts is constantly amazed at the connections that are able to be made simply through the language of movement. This has led to a deep passion for sharing movement, both through classes and through training. His desire to break down the distinction between coaching and training led him to develop a progressive coaching style which he presented alongside German parkour coach Dominik Arend at the Art of Retreat Parkour symposium in 2020.

Having been on the board before he went overseas, Marts is excited to revisit this role because once is never. He's particularly keen to explore how his expertise and the international perspectives he has gained might aid in the future development of New Zealand Parkour.

Louis Gower
Elected Member. Term: 2022 - 2025
Louis has been a passionate and dedicated member of the parkour community since 2011. While the movement has always been a joy, it was the camaraderie of the community that kept him training hard. Louis has always been passionate about pushing the upper level of skill of parkour in New Zealand and by helping others to progress in a positive and encouraging training environment.

In 2013 Louis created the NZ Parkour and Freerunning Facebook group which soon became a popular online forum for parkour practitioners from all corners of New Zealand to communicate and network. It also provided a space for international visitors to get in contact with regional practitioners. While living overseas Louis forged strong bonds with the international parkour community, raising the global profile of the New Zealand parkour community. His efforts, both online and in person, have made a substantial impact on the New Zealand parkour community as it exists now.

Louis is excited to have been accepted onto the Board and intends to unapologetically fight for greater recognition, exposure and wider opportunities for aspiring parkour athletes and the wider community.


In 2017 NZ Parkour, together with 5 other national parkour federations (Parkour UK, Australian Parkour AssociationFédération de Parkour, Parkour South Africa, and Polska Federacja Parkour I Freerun) reached an accord to federate an international federation – Parkour Earth – to be the custodian of the philosophy, integrity, and sovereignty of the sport, art and/or discipline of Parkour/Freerunning/Art du Déplacement internationally for and on behalf of the international community.


Parkour NZ is a community organisation committed to both serving the parkour community and using parkour to serve the wider community. It’s therefore important for us to continue to receive regular feedback (on anything we do or don’t do!) so we can work towards the best possible services to New Zealand.


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    The latest regional, national, and international news regarding Parkour NZ and the New Zealand parkour community.

    New Board Members

    Following the completion of his term, Maika Hemera, a faithful contributor to the Board for many years, decided not to seek re-election. Already looking to invite new candidates from the community, this opened up space for two new Elected Members. At the AGM o...

    JAMZAC 2020 Postponed

    With JAMZAC 2020 set to take off on April 24th during ANZAC weekend, the organising committee met last night to discuss the implications of COVID-19 on the safe and successful running of the event, as well as the impact it will have on the wider community. We...


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