The purpose of this plan is to provide a high-level strategic framework for future regional sports facility planning and optimisation of the current network. The plan emphasises a one-region approach to planning for international, national, regional and sub-regional facilities and provides context for local planning and decision-making about local facilities.
The plan responds to the findings of the Wellington Region Spaces and Places project which provides a stocktake of current assets that make up the regional network of facilities. The project also includes analysis of existing national and regional facility strategies and available participation and population data sourced predominantly from councils, schools and regional sport organisations.
The context for this work is provided by the region’s active recreation and sport strategy – Living Well – and the facilities approach taken by Sport NZ. The New Zealand Sporting Facilities Framework identified that nationally we have:
- gaps and duplications in facility provision
- facilities that are not fit-for-purpose
- facilities that we cannot afford
- many facilities due for replacement.
In response, Sport NZ has been working to ensure that more New Zealanders have access to better places to participate in sport and active recreation by supporting better planning and design of sports facilities around New Zealand, and by encouraging organisations to plan and to share resources and facilities where that reduces costs and provides better services for participants.