Investment approach

Our investment approach has changed for 2020-2024.

There are several key features of our new investment approach: 

  • Investment will be aligned to greater targeting to improve the physical activity levels of tamariki and rangatahi.
  • Using our investment to leverage other investment and resources in the system.
  • Unlocking and retaining a portion of investment from our Investment Portfolio to enable opportunities to experiment while sustaining what is working well, and flexibility to explore opportunities with new investment partners.
  • Three investment categories with differing characteristics – Partnerships, Funds and Programmes.
  • Different periods of commitment, allowing us to be responsive while also giving some certainty to the system.
  • Most Partnerships investment will be committed for four years (if the partner meets agreed expectations), while other investment will be committed for one, two or three-year periods.

Investment categories

We have three investment categories in our Sport NZ Investment Portfolio 2020-2024.


We work together with our partners to understand and agree on their initiatives that best meet the needs of tamariki and rangatahi in their communities.

Our partners include:

  • Regional Sports Trusts
  • National Sport Organisations
  • National Recreation Organisations
  • Disability Partners
  • Education Partners
  • Others with a mandate to support their communities


We provide investment to boost access to opportunities for specific groups.

For example:

  • Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa
  • Young Women's Activation Fund
  • Innovations for Young Women Fund


We advise the system regarding our own initiatives and how we'll lead and deliver these, many of these being with partners.

For example:

  • He Oranga Poutama
  • Healthy Active Learning
  • Regional Sport Directors
  • Coach Developer
  • Business Capability

More about our investment framework


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