Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa

An activation fund for tamariki and rangatahi and those most impacted by COVID-19.


Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa is an activation fund to provide physical activity opportunities for tamariki (children aged 5-11) and rangatahi (young people aged 12-18). The meaning behind the words are tū - ‘to stand’ and manawa – ‘breath’. In the context of play, active recreation and sport the name calls to all New Zealanders to live our vision - 'Every Body Active'.

The fund aims to provide quality opportunities in play, active recreation and sport for those who are missing out, particularly those living in high deprivation communities. We will also look to support priority population groups that will be informed by Sport NZ’s research over time, and for 2020/21 these will include those most impacted by COVID-19 (these are 18-24 year olds, Māori, girls and young women, and disabled tamariki and rangatahi).

We have taken learnings from the long-standing support previously offered through the Kiwisport Regional Partnership fund, and reimagined a fund in consultation with Regional Sports Trusts to make sure it reaches the communities that need it most.

Previously $8.5 million was distributed annually to community initiatives through the Kiwisport Regional Partnership fund. Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa will be increased to a total of $17 million annually bringing the total investment to $68 million over four years. 

Regional Sports Trusts will continue to administer the fund and will be supported to broaden the network of organisations from those who have traditionally been funded, to also include those that can best reach the groups we want to impact.

The fund’s objectives are: 

  • Increase the provision and accessibility of play, active recreation and sport opportunities for tamariki and rangatahi (especially those who are less active).
  • Ensure tamariki and rangatahi have quality experiences in play, active recreation and sport that meet their needs and are culturally appropriate.
  • Ensure play, active recreation and sport experiences support tamariki and rangatahi to develop confidence, competence, knowledge and ongoing motivation to be active for life.

Applications will be open in your community by the end of August 2020.

Please visit your Regional Sports Trusts website for more information in the coming weeks.