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Regional COVID Hardship Fund

Regional COVID Hardship Fund

28 February 2022
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The Government is providing a further $4 million to assist sport and recreation organisations in the Auckland, Northland and Waikato regions financially affected by the extended COVID alert level restrictions between August and December 2021.   

This financial assistance will support local and regional sport and recreation organisations and providers who are experiencing financial hardship with fixed administration and operating costs.

The new fund, which has been allocated from Budget 2020’s $265 million Sport Recovery Package, is being made via existing Sport NZ partners and comprises:

  • $2.2 million for Aktive Auckland Sport and Recreation
  • $485,000 for Sport Waikato
  • $315,000 for Sport Northland

A contingency of $1 million will also be distributed across all three regions.    

The investment follows $5.3 million in funding announced last October to support sport and recreation organisations, outdoor education providers and whānau in Auckland and elsewhere financially affected by last year’s lockdown.

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