Ensuring the sector is fit for the future

In May 2019 Sport New Zealand began investigating the future of play, active recreation and sport in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We are living in a world of accelerating change, and there are many influences such as climate change, technology and changes in society which will influence and shape the future of our sector.  

The COVID-19 global pandemic has made this work even more important, and this Futures work is now a key part of our response to the pandemic and an integral component in our Different and Better recovery workstream. As well as shaping our work with the Sport Recovery Package, this will also help us with our medium and long-term strategic planning to ensure that the sector is well positioned to respond and adapt to ongoing change.

This is a once in a generation opportunity for the sector to step outside of business as usual and plan for the future so that we can prepare for a range of future scenarios. The work is aimed at providing a greater understanding of the likely drivers of change, the possible implications of those drivers, and the alternative futures that may result. There are four phases to this work.

As the Futures initiative is for the benefit of the entire sector, it will be strengthened by the diversity of voices from within.  Part of the engagement process will involve a series of workshops involving multiple participants. Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa is committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and firmly believe that a strong bi-cultural foundation is critical to our national identity and wellbeing.  To reflect this Sport NZ has co-designed a bi-cultural process that will enable Māori and other perspectives to be voiced in a way that is effective, appropriate and of equal importance, mana o rite.

A series of workshops with external participants have already taken place and the progress reports outlining some of the learnings and key themes can be found here.

The basis of the Futures work has been informed by environmental scans that explore possible drivers of change and the implications they might have on play, active recreation and sport. The scans can be found here.


How can I get involved?

Sector and public consultation on the Futures work

Sport NZ has been consulting with a broad range of sector participants on the Futures work to ensure all perspectives are considered.

Consultation included broad sector consultation, via this five-question survey, as well as external participant group workshops, and webinars. The survey ran from Thursday 29 September 2020 to Tuesday 27 October 2020 and had 439 responses. An overview of the key findings from this survey will be shared soon.

The feedback from these groups will be considered by a Working Group and Te Tuarā Futures Group. The roles of these two groups are outlined below, alongside a broader inputs group (the Creative Groups).

The three key external participant groups have the following distinct roles

  • Working Group: will be responsible for engaging with information; adding their own knowledge; challenging traditional thinking; analysing external inputs; exploring options; providing recommendations on a range of innovative reforms and solutions; and providing thinking on a range of system improvements.
  • Te Tuarā - Futures: has similar responsibilities to the Working Group but through a Te Ao Māori perspective.
  • Te Roopu Tūmau/Creative Groups: will test ideas and provide critical input to focal questions through facilitated conversations. There will be three to four groups of mixed membership and three audience specific groups for Māori, young people and Sport NZ/HPSNZ Boards.

External participant group members

  • Working Group
    • Arthur Klap
    • Robyn Cockburn
    • Lance Vervoort
    • Jennie Wyllie
    • Erica Hinckson
    • Rowan Simpson
    • Sam Hazledine
    • Phil Carter
    • Audry McLaren
    • Sarah Cowley-Ross
    • Josh Blackie
    • Barbara Grieve
    • Dave Adams
  • Te Tuarā Futures
    • Karen Vercoe
    • Dr Wayne Ngata
    • Carol Ngawati
    • Bentham Ohia
    • Janell Dymus-Kurei
    • Dr Arapata Hakiwai
    • Kylie Turiwhenua Tapsell
    • Reweti Ropiha
    • Trevor Shailer
    • Te Miri Rangi
    • Prof Meihana Durie
    • Hera Clarke
  • Creative Team (Wellington)
    • Anja Mizdrak
    • Brendon McDermott
    • Bryan Dickinson
    • Chris Knol
    • Dana Kirkpatrick
    • Fiona McDonald
    • Joe Hitchcock
    • Nathan Wallis
    • Nicki Nicol
    • Nicky Sherriff
    • Paul Delahunty
    • Paula Tesoriero
    • Sam Newton
    • Sarah Leberman
    • Steve Gibling
    • Fran McEwen
    • Jon Saunders
    • Roger Wood
    • Hamish McEwen
  • Creative Team (Auckland)
    • Amy Marfell
    • Claire Beard
    • Dave Beeche
    • Grant Schofield
    • Greg Peters
    • Jackie Barron
    • Jill Rice
    • Julie Paterson
    • Martin Snedden
    • Melody Smith
    • Nathan Fa'avae
    • Paul Veric
    • Peter Caccioppoli
    • Richard Lindsay
    • Sarah Sandley
    • Sarah Beaman
    • Stephen Espiner
    • Thiem Nguyen
    • Paul Heron
    • Karen Laurie
  • Young Person’s Team
    • Brittany White
    • Catherine Stabb
    • Charlotte Adams
    • Ella Brown
    • Greer Forde-MacNaughton
    • Milla Ellis Wood
    • Rodney Martin
    • Josh Cody
    • Jessie Goose
    • Kaitlyn Horne
    • Maddi McLean
    • Sarah McCracken
    • Sophia Hua
    • Sophie Parker
    • Taylor Kamuhemu
  • Te Roopu Tūmau Futures
    • Michael Tipene – He Oranga Poutama ki Tāmaki Makaurau, Aktive
    • April Rawiri – He Oranga Poutama, Sport Northland
    • Leela Hauraki – He Oranga Poutama, Sport Northland
    • Dario Penetito-Hemara – Toi Tangata
    • Larnee Wallace – He Oranga Poutama, Sport Taranaki
    • Justin Gush – He Oranga Poutama, Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa
    • Linden Morris Heamana – Te Whare Tu Taua
    • Karla Matua - He Oranga Poutama ki Tāmaki Makaurau, Aktive
    • Esta Wainohu – He Oranga Poutama ki Te Wairoa, Sport Hawke’s Bay
    • Trina Henara – Sport Northland
    • Nikki Penetito-Hemara – He Mātanga Māori
    • Myka Nuku – Waka Ama Coach/Paddler
    • Sarah Bird – Sport Hawke’s Bay ki Te Wairoa
    • Sasho Stosic – Tātai Ora
    • Brandon Manuel – Sport Canterbury

What will this work mean?

We anticipate this work will provide a range of innovative reforms and options that guide the play, active recreation, and sport sector to remain relevant, fit for purpose and regenerative as we recover from the effects of COVID-19 and beyond.

Following this consultation process, a report will be produced, identifying a range of innovative reforms and system improvements to assist the sector to remain fit for purpose and regenerative to deliver play, active recreation and sporting opportunities to all those living in New Zealand from January 2021 and beyond.

The report and other information produced by the Futures work will be made available to assist sector organisations when reflecting on their own futures. Each organisation will have autonomy to utilise the information as they see fit.


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