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Recreation and outdoor recreation

Recreation includes a range of leisure, cultural or sporting activities, undertaken in natural, heritage, rural and urban open space and outdoors. It offers New Zealanders opportunities for improved mental and physical wellbeing, education gains, social development, economic prospects (employment, business investment, marketing opportunities), building national identity and understanding our environment.

An initial focus has been on outdoor recreation. This work is guided by the Outdoor Recreation Strategy 2009-15 that was released by SPARC (now Sport NZ) in August 2009.

Research to support the implementation of this strategy is set out in a research agenda.

The agenda was informed by a stocktake of outdoor recreation research.

Recent projects funded as part of the 2009 and 2010 research grants programme also are increasing our understanding of outdoor recreation. Projects include:

  • Understanding commitment and enduring involvement in outdoor recreation in New Zealand
  • The influence of perceived risk on participation in outdoor recreation
  • Access to rivers and lakes by recreationalists
  • Strategic opportunities and challenges in peri-urban recreation
  • Mapping outdoor recreation – governance and leadership
  • Family-oriented, non-competitive outdoor recreation events and on-going participation

Summaries of these projects and research reports are in the research grants section.