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Sector Update

19 December 2022

Kia ora koutou,  

I hope you’re all doing well and looking forward to a well-deserved break with friends and whānau over the festive season.  

I wanted to start our last Sector Update for 2022 with a thank you. While 2022 has been another year where we’ve had challenges and some remaining COVID restrictions to operate within, it makes me proud to see what we’ve achieved together as a sector.  

Thanks to all your efforts, our nation has got moving again, whether that is returning to the club or sport team, enjoying time outdoors in nature or just building more physical activity into their lives. As we move into the warmer summer months (albeit the slow start we’ve had of late) it’s a chance to shake off many of the troubles of the past and head to our happy places.   

To round off the year, we were lucky to support a special event at Parliament last week to celebrate the Black Ferns and their amazing Women’s Rugby World Cup win together with fans across the capital. The Women’s Rugby World Cup and IWG conference rounded off a year of celebration of female sport and a special well done to all those involved in these events.   

To see out 2022, we've created a digital Christmas Card with some highlights from the year which we hope you'll enjoy.  

For now, thank you again for your mahi over the year. Enjoy your time spent recharging the batteries with friends and whānau over the festive break. 

Meri kirihimete,  
Raelene Castle

Screenshot of the Christmas card video intro

Increased investment for secondary school outcomes

The Sport NZ Board has made a commitment to improving outcomes for rangatahi in the secondary education system. They have agreed to the following new and increased investment:  

Increased investment into Regional Sports Director (RSD) network 

Sport NZ will increase its investment into the important Regional Sports Director (RSD) network, rising from $1.05m in 2021-22 to $1.68m per annum from January 2023 to December 2024.  

New investment to boost physical activity in secondary schools 

Sport NZ is also in the process of rolling out an exciting new project aimed at boosting physical activity rates in secondary schools and wharekura. The project will support select secondary schools and wharekura to design and implement their own physical activity initiatives from July 2023 to December 2026 through a new $14.12m investment.   

The project aims to create a positive impact in 40 secondary schools and wharekura across eight regions by enhancing the wellbeing of rangatahi through physical activity, increasing the physical activity levels among this group and demonstrating the value of physical activity to educational priorities. This could range from extra human resource, investment into assets and infrastructure, through to improved provision of opportunities for rangatahi to be physically active (including in sport and active recreation). 

Based on an assessment of regional school and student profiles, including a range of school types, and the wish to ensure appropriate clustering of identified schools, the project will be implemented in the following eight regions – Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Hawke’s Bay, Northland, Tairāwhiti, Waikato and Wellington. 

Sport NZ will be working closely with regional agencies that are well-placed to support the project in each region and, together with the respective RST and/or RSD, will commence a process of identifying and engaging targeted schools in February 2023. More information about the project will be available early next year. 


IWG Conference reflections and a call to action  

After four days of being inspired and challenged, attendees at the 8th IWG World Conference were encouraged to make a commitment to accelerating positive change for women and girls in the sector. Closing keynote speaker Arizona Leger reminded us that the actions we take today impact the ancestor we become tomorrow.  She left us all with a profound question: “What type of ancestor do you want to be remembered as?”  

Watch the Call to Action video to hear IWG attendees and speakers share the actions they are taking forward from this conference and read the Indigenous Statement here.


Media and Gender Study – Rugby World Cup case study 

A new case study from our Media & Gender study analyses sports news coverage of the recent Rugby World Cup. Key findings include:  

  • The tournament generating 25% of all sports news coverage in an event period that also included the men’s T20 Cricket World Cup, Rugby League World Cups, All Blacks northern hemisphere tour and other international rugby.  
  • All women’s sport making up 38% of coverage during the same period, peaking at 60% leading up to the opening game of the Rugby World Cup and exceeding 50% every time the Black Ferns played 
  • The Black Ferns matching the All Blacks story for story when they played on the same day 
  • The prominence of ‘popularity’ as a theme in media coverage 

Read the full report.

Survey for System Funding Assessment and Exploration project

As mentioned in last month’s sector update, we are beginning a kaupapa looking at how the play, active recreation and sport system is funded. The purpose is to develop a clear policy position and rationale on any changes that may be needed to ensure a sustainable funding system for the sector. The recommendations from this kaupapa can then be used to inform decision-making by Sport NZ and other organisations that fund the system, and support Sport NZ in our role to advocate with and on behalf of the system in the future. 

As part of this kaupapa, we are now seeking input from our communities across the system, including National Sports Organisations, Regional Sports Organisations and local clubs, about their funding arrangements via a survey. The more information that we have, the better we can do our job and advocate with, and on behalf of, the sector so your feedback is really valuable. We’d also love you to circulate the survey within your networks to encourage your local clubs and organisation to complete it. It will only take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

We appreciate that we are now very close to Christmas so the closing date for the survey is Friday 27 January. 

More information about this kaupapa is on our website. If you have questions or would like to be more closely involved, then please email us at


International Council for Coaching Excellence / Sport NZ connect

Following the IWG Conference, there was a unique opportunity for Sport NZ, together with the International Council for Coaching Excellence, to bring together coaches from across the world who were in Aotearoa. We heard from six programmes taking place in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Malaysia, focused on coach development, mentoring and leadership for women and girls.  

It was a fantastic opportunity to connect in person, share good practice and learn from each other. 

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Evaluation of the Sport NZ National Policy for Gender Equity in Governance

In September 2022, Sport NZ commissioned an independent report to evaluate the outcomes of the policy’s implementation and record the progress made towards achieving board gender equity across the sector.   
The insights and recommendations in this report will be carefully considered and will inform future Sport NZ strategies and areas of prioritised investment. 


Guiding Principles for the Inclusion of Transgender People in Community Sport

The Guiding Principles for the Inclusion of Transgender People in Community Sport were published on Tuesday, 6 December on the Sport NZ website. Publication of the guiding principles followed an extensive development process which commenced in August 2020 and has included multiple rounds of consultation with stakeholders across multiple sectors.  This is the beginning of Sport NZ’s work supporting the inclusion of transgender people in community sport. Work on implementation of the principles and support for sports organisations with their implementation will commence following a phased approach set out in the published roadmap. 

Integrity Webinar: How the SRCMS can support you and your organisation 

Sport and Recreation Complaints and Mediation Service (SRCMS) team leader Henry Moore recently joined Sport NZ’s Josh Margetts for a webinar on how the independent service is being utilised by sport and active recreation organisations across the motu. From grass roots to elite level, the SRCMS supports and resolves integrity issues. The full webinar is now available to view online.  

In this webinar, gain insights and tips on how to use the service – no matter what level of sport or active recreation you’re at.   

In other Integrity news, Sport NZ has adopted a new definition of integrity – as approved by Cabinet. You can view the full definition here.

Sport NZ Graduate Libby Davenport reflects on development of the Active Recreation for Rangatahi Plan

In the latest edition of Kaiparahuarahi from Ara Taiohi, Sport NZ Graduate Libby Davenport reflects on her involvement in the development of the Active Recreation for Rangatahi Plan. It comes as part of Sport NZ’s commitment to incorporating youth voice and supporting youth leadership across work streams.  

Libby tells us that the opportunity to be involved in key decision-making and planning has had a profound impact on her career aspirations and view of the importance of incorporating youth voice.  “I believe the work that the Sport NZ Active Recreation team is doing in partnership with Ara Taiohi is a leap forward in creating space for young people to thrive and chase their space in the play, active recreation and sport sector.”  

Read the full story here or purchase the full edition of Kaiparahuarahi here: Kaiparahuarahi - Ara Taiohi

Young woman standing in front of the Sport New Zealand sign


Class 4 gaming

Class 4 funding to sport and recreation is on track to improve 34% in relation to 2020 results and 12% on 2021 results. 

You can find the six monthly distributions of Class 4 funding here.  

You can also find funding distribution updates via


Food and play a recipe for success in Southland

A group of Southland organisations are joining forces to help isolated rural communities create a healthy balance of nutrition and play. Invercargill food rescue agency KiwiHarvest, with support from Southland Rotary Satellite Club, applied for Tū Manawa funding through Active Southland to include ‘play packs’ in the food parcels it delivers to local whānau. 

Between now and Christmas, KiwiHarvest will distribute 60 play packs, featuring games such as playing cards and stacking towers and a range of sporting gear, to whānau in the rural communities of Ohai/Nightcaps, Tūātapere and Ōtautau. 

The aim is that the play packs will encourage whānau to have fun, be active and connect with each other – and bring about positive change. Read more about this great end-of-year initiative

Two women standing behind a box of play equipment


Healthy Active Learning in Action

We are thrilled to share this video which offers a great introduction to Healthy Active Learning and the value of the holistic and collaborative cross-government approach to schools, kura and their local communities.   
A partnership between Sport New Zealand, Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand, and the Ministry of Education, 2022 saw Healthy Active Learning exceed the milestone of supporting 800 schools and kura for the 2020-2024 period. As of September 2022, over 900 schools and kura across all regions of Aotearoa have been supported by the joint agency initiative.

Healthy Active Learning’s National Newsletter has also been recently published, featuring an abundance of stories from across the motu in 2022.  


Alternative futures for sport and recreation

Sport NZ is exploring alternative futures as part of our ongoing strategic thinking. It recognises the need to think beyond the assumption of a single future to assist us to: 

  • make strategic choices to shape the desired future (build vision)
  • build preparedness for alternative possible futures (manage risk) 
  • create a future-ready and alert organisation that can adapt as the future evolves (anticipation, awareness, and agility). 

Check out Sport NZ’s Stories of the future

Governance regulation and compliance resources

Incorporated Societies Act 2022 and Regulations 

The new Incorporated Societies Act was passed into law on 6 April 2002. The new Act intends to make incorporated societies’ governance functions more robust by aligning director duties more closely with those in the Companies Act. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) ran a consultation process on proposed supporting regulations which closed in November 2022. Sport NZ provided a submission on behalf of the sector.  

The draft regulations will be out for submission in March/April 2023, with final regulations passed into law August-October 2023. At that point, the re-registration process for existing incorporated societies will open, with a deadline of March 2026. Sport NZ is now focused on creating supporting templates, including constitutions, and is working with the Sector Chairs Group on a coordinated approach to compliance across codes.  More information about the Act is available on our website

Charities Amendment Bill – information sheet  

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is proposing changes to the Charities Act 2005, which governs the operation of charities.  This information sheet on our website captures the key changes including the requirement of charitable entities to confirm that their governance procedures comply with the requirements of the Act. 

Women in Play, Active Recreation and Sports Governance and Appoint Better Boards  

Funded by Sport NZ through Appoint Better Boards, there is a community of 200+ women available to serve on sector boards. They understand the distinction between the role of governance and the role of management and are committed to continuously learning about governance in the sector. Chairs can contact talent within this community free of charge about vacancies.  

Aktive Women in Governance Network

Aktive’s Women in Governance Network will bring together diverse women leaders who are committed to the advancement of women across Tāmaki Makaurau. The Network will provide a unique environment that supports women in governance, or those with a desire to get involved in governance to develop their confidence and competencies in a board environment, whilst making an impact on the sport and recreation sector. The Aktive Women in Governance Network is available to women across Auckland. Please complete this form to join the network.

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