Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria are used to ensure the organisation has the attributes that Sport NZ is looking for in an investment partner and whether it has the capability to receive and manage public monies.


Sport NZ will receive applications for eligibility twice a year. The eligibility criteria only apply to national sports organisations (NSOs) and national regional organisations (NROs).

All applications are considered within six weeks of the closing date.

Application form

Eligibility Requirements for Sport NZ and HPSNZ investment for NSOs and NROs (DOC)

Eligibility Criteria

There are two categories of criteria that we will be considering. Our eligibility criteria include a mix of mandatory and evaluative criteria, and reflect basic requirements of good governance and management of public funding. Some requirements are only applicable to sport organisations.

Category One: Mandatory

Participation and Performance

The organisation has a focus on increasing participation and/or winning on the world stage.


The organisation:

Accountability/Partner Capability

The organisation:

  • has management systems that are responsive to addressing any concerns;
  • is able to provide financial reports that have been audited or subject to an engagement review by a chartered accountant for the previous three financial years of its existence;
  • has the capacity and capability to provide accurate reporting on participation and performance; and
  • has an acceptable strategic plan covering three or more years.

Category Two: Evaluative

Promotion, supporting or delivering sport and/or recreation is a core function
  • To what extent does the organisation focus on the delivery of sport and/or recreation outcomes?
Organisational structure
  • Is it a national body?
  • Can other organisations affiliate to it?
  • Does the organisation perform a coordination role across similar organisations in New Zealand?
  • Is the organisation structured in a way that provides a cohesive and collective approach to sport and recreation administration?
International Linkages
  • Is the organisation affiliated to, and recognised by, an international federation where one exists?
  • Is the organisation affiliated to the New Zealand Olympic Committee*?
Participation and/or performance
  • How well does this organisation perform on increasing participation?
  • What have been the participation figures for the previous three years?
  • How well does the work of the organisation tie in with government priority of more New Zealanders winning on the world stage? *
Supporting sport and recreation
  • How well does the work of the organisation tie in with the government priority of more New Zealanders participating in supporting and delivering sport and recreation opportunities?
  • How successful has the funding relationship been between the organisation and its funders, including Sport NZ?
  • How well has the organisation partnered with other organisations?
  • Barring any Sport NZ investment, is the organisation able to generate sufficient financial resources to meet its administrative commitments without compromising its reserves or ability to carry out its mandate.
NSO's that meet our investment criteria
Archery New Zealand Inc Athletics New Zealand Badminton NZ
Baseball New Zealand Basketball New Zealand Bowls New Zealand
Boxing New Zealand Inc Canoe Racing New Zealand Canoe Slalom NZ
Climbing New Zealand Croquet New Zealand Cycling NZ
Diving New Zealand Equestrian Sports New Zealand Flying New Zealand
Gliding New Zealand Gymnastics New Zealand Hockey NZ
Ice Speed Skating New Zealand International Taekwon-Do Foundation (ITFNZ) Karate New Zealand
 Kart Sport New Zealand  Marching New Zealand  Motorcycling NZ
 Motorsport NZ (Inc)  Netball NZ  New Zealand AFL Inc
 New Zealand American Football Federation  New Zealand Canoe Federation  New Zealand Confederation of Billiard Sports Inc
 New Zealand Football  New Zealand Ice Figure Skating Association  New Zealand Mixed Martial Arts Federation
 New Zealand Petanque Association  New Zealand Polocrosse Inc  New Zealand Powerlifting Federation
 New Zealand Rivers Association  New Zealand Rugby League  New Zealand Shooting Federation
 New Zealand Sport Fishing Council  New Zealand Water Polo Association  NZ Cricket
 NZ Curling Association  NZ Darts Council  NZ Golf Incorporated
 NZ Ice Hockey Federation  NZ Indoor Bowls NZ Judo Federation
 NZ Orienteering Federation  NZ Pony Clubs Association  NZ Power Boat Federation
 NZ Rugby  NZ Water Ski Association  Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand
 Rowing New Zealand  Shearing Sports New Zealand (Inc)  Skate NZ
 Snow Sports NZ Incorporated  Softball New Zealand  Speedway New Zealand
 Squash New Zealand  Surf Life Saving New Zealand  Surfing New Zealand
 Swimming New Zealand  Synchro Swim New Zealand  Table Tennis New Zealand
 Taekwondo New Zealand Incorporated  Tennis NZ  Touch New Zealand
 Triathlon New Zealand  University and Tertiary Sport NZ  Volleyball New Zealand Incorporated
 Waka Ama New Zealand  Wrestling New Zealand  Yachting New Zealand
 Special Olympics New Zealand  Halberg Disability Sport Foundation  NZ Paralympics


* Only applicable to sports organisations and not recreation organisations.