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Active Recreation for Rangatahi Plan

Active Recreation for Rangatahi Plan
Sport NZ cares deeply about creating better outcomes for rangatahi in Aotearoa, and the role active recreation can have in their development and wellbeing.

The Sport NZ Strategic Plan 2020-2024 outlines rangatahi as a key focus group for active recreation and sport. In doing so, we aspire to reduce the drop off in activity levels of rangatahi from age 12-18 and increase levels of activity for those who are less active.

To drive outcomes and coordinate effort towards this, we have developed the Active Recreation for Rangatahi Plan 2021-2024 utilising youth development and Sport NZ frameworks. This plan illustrates Sport NZ’s commitments and actions to active recreation for rangatahi, and will guide our mahi for the next three years.

This plan will act as a metaphorical camp fire for other organisations passionate about this kaupapa to draw near and work collaboratively to improve participation levels and wellbeing outcomes for all rangatahi.

Last updated: July 2022


Commitments and progress

Sport NZ is working to improve access to quality active recreation opportunities that better meet the needs of all rangatahi. Through our Active Recreation for Rangatahi Plan we have made four commitments. Read about them below.

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Ways of working

In addition to the three approaches (locally led, insights and physical literacy) we’ve also explored the role of Mana Taiohi and Te Whetū Rehua to meaningfully contribute to active recreation outcomes for rangatahi.

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Final words

Right from the initial development stages of the Active Recreation for Rangatahi Plan 2021-2024, we were interested in the potential opportunity to showcase a strength-based approach when working with young people.

As such, we have chosen to work in partnership with Ara Taiohi, Aotearoa NZ’s peak body for youth development, to utilise their Mana Taiohi principles and mana-enhancing approaches.

In addition, the framework of Te Whetū Rehua will be used to inform, guide and influence how we continue to work on evolving this plan to be bi-cultural.

Looking ahead to the future, our hope is that this inspires the wider whānau at Sport NZ and the wider play, active recreation and sport sector to utilise the Te Whetū Rehua framework, Mana Taiohi principles and its approaches when working with rangatahi.

To stay true to our Active Recreation for Rangatahi commitments and actions across Sport NZ, we will:

  • Uphold our Te Tiriti o Waitangi commitment within the plan and continue to work at co-designing a bi-cultural Active Recreation Plan.
  • Embed commitments and actions in our respective Sport NZ work programmes.
  • Establish a monitoring and evaluation plan to assess the impact of the plan and share these findings.
  • Ensure that there is adequate budget, resourcing, and investment to implement and operationalise the collective actions.
  • Provide annual reviews and reporting, to the Sport NZ Board and the wider sector, of the progress these commitments are making towards the outcomes we are collectively aiming to achieve.

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