Sport NZ - ihi Aotearoa - Sport New Zealand
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Who we are and what we do

Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ) is the Crown Entity responsible for sport and physical recreation in New Zealand.

Official publications

Annual reports, statements of intent and other publications can be found in the Research and resources section.

HPSNZ website

Visit High Performance Sport New Zealand at

Who we are

Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC) was first established on 1 January 2003 under the Sport and Recreation New Zealand Act (2002). After 10 years of being known as SPARC, on 1 February 2012 we became Sport New Zealand.

In 2011 we also launched High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) as a subsidiary of Sport NZ, to focus on elite athletes and ensure they're as well prepared as they can be when they arrive at the start line. (HPSNZ website.)

What we do

Our mission is to create a world class sports system at all levels, so we have more kids playing and enjoying sport; more adults participating and getting involved; and more Kiwi winners on the world stage.

Through funding from appropriations voted by Parliament and a share of New Zealand Lottery Grants Board profits, Sport NZ's role is to lead, invest and enable the sector to achieve our outcomes and priorities. We fulfil our role by:

  • Leading - providing a clear sense of direction, challenging the sector to keep lifting its performance, recognising and sharing best practice, celebrating success, bringing the sector together and providing evidence and advocacy to point the way forward. 
  • Enabling - building capability of our partners in areas such as governance and management systems, information technology services, event management, facilities, commercialisation, human resources, research and monitoring and good practice.
  • Investing - investing to produce results, monitoring the performance of the sector and reporting back on the use of taxpayer money.

Sport NZ provides leadership in research and the development and implementation of policies that recognise the importance of sport and physical recreation to New Zealand.

We provide policy advice to the Government on sport and recreation and work with other Government agencies to increase participation and strengthen the sport and physical recreation sector.

We have partnerships with key organisations in the sport and recreation sector (primarily national-level sport and recreation organisations and regional sports trusts) to help us achieve our outcomes.

These partner organisations deliver sport and physical recreation to New Zealanders from the grassroots to the high performance level. Sport NZ is not primarily a delivery agency, but is responsible for setting direction and providing investment and resources to the sector. Sport NZ works to “promote, encourage and support physical recreation and sport in New Zealand”.

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