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Support for Investment Partners

Sport NZ works closely with our partners to ensure that, together, we can keep New Zealanders active.

When New Zealand first went into lockdown in 2020, Sport NZ re-prioritised budgets to make $25M available for immediate financial support in the sector.  The Government then provided a further $264.6M to help the sector respond to and recover from the impact of Covid-19 restrictions. 

Some of this funding has been allocated to initiatives that support Sport NZ’s national and regional partners.

View the breakdown of investment by partner in the following link:

This includes:

Partner Support Fund  

This fund was created from Sport NZ’s re-prioritised budget. Its purpose was to provide additional support to ensure the immediate and short-term sustainability of Sport NZ and HPSNZ’s partners who had been severely impacted by COVID-19 

$4.5M was distributed in 2020 to 23 partner organisations that met the criteria for this fund. 

Reset and Rebuild Support (National Partners and RSTs)

This funding was made available from the Government’s Sport Recovery Package. The initiative was approved to support and protect existing Sport NZ Partnerships and High Performance Core Investment in the immediate aftermath of COVID-19 and its resulting impact on New Zealanders. All current partners received some support through this initiative, totalling $18.6M. 

National Partner Strengthen and Adapt Programme

$30M has been committed  to the National Partner Strengthen and Adapt Programme which is enabling national partners to explore and deliver change projects that will future proof their organisations and networks. Eleven partners were supported to develop Strengthen and Adapt plans with dedicated investment in Wave One. A further ten organisations will join these partners through Wave Two and a third wave has been confirmed which will involve a further seven partners. Our People and Culture Capability project and our support for Regional Sports Trusts is also part of the overall National Partner Strengthen and Adapt programme. Learn more.

National Leagues

Sport NZ recognised that national leagues and competitions were impacted by COVID-19. A dozen national partners, with national competitions that met the criteria, received financial support ($4.7M in total) toward the cost of running their premier national leagues in 2020/21.

National Training Facilities for Snow Sports 

Our Snow Sports athletes performed incredibly well at the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing. To support athletes to compete and adequately prepare for those Games and the next ones, we’re investing $635,000 into upgrading the national training facilities at Cardrona. 

Wellbeing of Olympic and Paralympic Teams 

An additional $350,000 was contributed to the wider athlete wellbeing initiative, providing extra support to athletes in the leadup to, and beyond, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in 2021. 

International Travel support for national partners 

The border controls that were in place from 2020 to early 2022 meant that additional support was required to help get our Olympic and Paralympic athletes safely to and home from the games and qualifying competitions.  

The Government also agreed to support a small number of significant events and priority sporting events in New Zealand that demonstrate a financial benefit of more than $2.5 million.  

Around $4M from the Sport Recovery Package  was reimbursed to partners, to help cover the costs of Managed Isolation Quarantine (MIQ), Covid-testing, and travel costs that had increased due to Covid.

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