Tara Ikinofo



Tainui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Niue

I am a Sport and Recreation Management graduate from the Auckland University of Technology and was one of two graduates in the fourth intake of the Sport NZ Graduate Programme from 2016-2017.

Over the two years, I was able to learn and develop through various work streams including the Māori Community Sport Review at Sport NZ, the Māori Community Sport Strategy at Sport Bay of Plenty, and Mitre 10 Cup at Bay of Plenty Rugby Union. These experiences provided me with insight into the sector from a governance, national, and regional perspective.

Being able to work on projects impacting outcomes for Māori as well as developing Māori cultural capability of others was a highlight of my experience and has helped shaped my future focus. Additionally, being able to work alongside and network with experienced individuals of the sector has been invaluable for my personal development and knowledge growth of the sector as a whole.

I am currently coming to the end of a short-term contract with Aktive – Auckland Sport and Recreation in the role of Sport and Culture Projects Assistant. My experience over the past year has seen me support the development and implementation of the Auckland Approach targeted population groups priority plan, contribute to building cultural competency, and support the establishment of a Regional Sport Organisation, Kī o Rahi Tāmaki Makaurau.

Future focus, I hope to be involved with mahi at a strategic level that contributes to positive outcomes of health and wellbeing for our Māori communities.