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Sport NZ congratulates sport and recreation award winners

25 June 2019
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C.K. Doig Leadership Award Winner Matt Reid with Sport NZ Chief Executive Peter Miskimmin. Credit: Photosport


Sport NZ congratulates the winners of its annual New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards, which were held in Auckland Monday evening.

Now in their 12th year, the awards celebrate excellence and leadership from across New Zealand's broader play, active recreation and sport system.

"It's vital that we celebrate the people and achievements that best support New Zealanders to be physically active," says Sport NZ Chief Executive Peter Miskimmin.

"The awards ceremony brings together leaders from across the system to recognise the top achievements and innovations, and to acknowledge leadership and lifetime achievement."

Tonight's awards were the first to recognise Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion - a new category added this year and won by New Zealand Cricket for their excellent work in promoting women in governance.

"It's important that we and our partners evolve with society and that these awards remain relevant by continuing to reflect the most important work our partners are doing," says Peter Miskimmin.

"Ensuring more women and girls realise their potential in and through sport and active recreation is a key priority for all of us and the focus of a tremendous amount of collective action. Congratulations to all of the finalists in this inaugural award, and to New Zealand Cricket for their worthy success."

The awards coincide with Sport NZ's annual Connections Conference for leaders from the play, active recreation and sport system.

Full list of 2019 Sport and Recreation Awards winners and achievement awards:

Commercial Partnership Award (Joint Winners)

Auckland Council and Downer; New Zealand Rugby and AIG

Community Impact Award

Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti - Waikirikiri Park Playground Project    

Event Excellence Award

Waka Ama New Zealand - 2018 Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Waka Ama Sprint Nationals   

Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion Award

New Zealand Cricket - A game for all New Zealanders, A game for life   

Future Leaders Scholarship

Peter Caccioppoli - Auckland Council   

C.K. Doig Leadership Award

Matt Reid - Hutt City Council   

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Beverley Morris

Duane Kale ONZM   

Full list of award finalists.


Media contact   

Philip Clark

Group Media Manager, Sport NZ

M: 0278 385 710 E:   

Photographs from the awards ceremony are available at   


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