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The Hillary Commission for Sport, Fitness and Leisure is the government body that supports sport and active living in New Zealand. We create opportunities for New Zealanders to be physically active. We promote sport as a code we can all live by. We also develop sport so that participants can reach their potential and our best athletes achieve international honours. The Hillary Commission has nine Commissioners and is based in Wellington. We are mainly funded by the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board and Government.


Chairman's Report

Supporting the Unsung Heroes

Strategic Achievements | Strategic Directions | A Vote of Thanks

Every day thousands of people give freely of their energy and talents to help other people participate in sport or physical activity. Around one-in-six adults are involved in sport as a volunteer coach, administrator or official. This is probably the highest percentage of sport volunteerism in the world, and is a tribute to the fact that the Kiwi tradition of community involvement is far from dead.

A major role of the Hillary Commission is to support the volunteers. Without them the enormous value of sport and active leisure in each community, and each person's life, would be lost. In addition to the mums and dads who help out as coaches or officials, we must recognise the vital role that teachers play in sport. Four out of every 10 secondary school teachers give their precious (and shrinking) leisure time to assist with school sports teams or school tramping clubs and so on. The mums and dads and teachers are the driving force of sport in New Zealand, and we are committed to supporting them.

This document explains how we have done this in the 12 months from July 1999 to June 2000. It also describes our investment, on behalf of the public, in our top sports performers. Overall it has been another highly successful year in terms of meeting our annual, and strategic, targets.

Strategic achievements

Below we show how the Commission has performed in respect of our three-year strategic targets to 2000. Of the 12 targets, seven have been fully achieved or exceeded. Targets in the high performance sport area have not all been achieved, as a result of performances on the field of play. This highlights the uncertain nature of sporting contests. In the end, the Hillary Commission's role is to set targets and direct investments to enable the greatest chance of success.

Strategic directions

In May 2000 the Minister for Sport, Hon Trevor Mallard, established a special taskforce to review the role of government in this dynamic sector. The Commission has warmly welcomed this move, as it is 15 years since the last broad-scale review and the nature of the sector and the community has changed dramatically since then.

While we await the outcome of this review, we also need to lay down the general priorities that will underpin the Commission's strategy for 2000-2005. This will be completed by the end of 2000. The Commission acknowledges that its strategic priorities may differ from the views put forward by the ministerial review group. In any event, we look forward to working with the minister to set a path for the further development of the sport, fitness and leisure sector over the next few years.

A vote of thanks

It is a genuine privilege to be able to serve the Commission as its chairman. This is a challenging but constantly exciting role. One of my greatest pleasures lies in working, debating and solving problems with people who are passionate about sport and active leisure. In particular I would like to thank Hon Trevor Mallard and his predecessor as Minister for Sport, Hon Murray McCully, for their support and energy. I must also applaud the passion and commitment of my Commission colleagues, especially Georgina Salter and David Howman, who ended their meritworthy terms as Commissioners in 2000. Finally, but not least, I congratulate the dedicated staff of the Commission on their efforts to successfully put into action the ideas of the board.

These are exciting times for sport and active leisure. There are indications that New Zealanders are buying into the Push Play message and adopting more active lifestyles. There is also a real opportunity for a new focus for government involvement in sport as a result of the major review. I hope this happens, so that we can better support the many thousands of volunteers who commit their talents and time to making sport happen in New Zealand.

Sir Brian Lochore signature Sir Brian Lochore Hon Trevor Mallard
  Sir Brian Lochore Hon Trevor Mallard

Sir Brian Lochore
Hillary Commission Chairman in 1999-2000

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Closing the Gaps in Sport

The Commission is committed to the development of sport, fitness and leisure for Maori. We have adopted a holistic approach to Maori development, embodying the concept of te wairua, hinengaro, tinana, me te whanau (the whole person, the mental and physical side within the family).

  • The Commission supports development of whanau, hapu and iwi. We are aware that Maori have a passion and love for sport which needs to be supported for the good of sport and the growth of our nation. In many ways the tikanga and cultural contribution by Maori to New Zealand sport makes us unique. The world links the haka with our sporting prowess.

  • The Commission developed He Oranga Poutama four years ago based on whanau, hapu and iwi sports to encourage Maori to become more physically active. He Oranga Poutama reaches communities in Maori settings. It works in a familiar friendly environment.

  • The Commission seeks policy guidance that will give greater strength to a holistic approach, involve whole Maori communities and motivate a range of government agencies.

Tumeke! Kia kaha te taakaro hei oranga tinana.
Participate for a healthy body.



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Our Track Record

Performance highlights 1999/2000

  • Push Play - our message that activity is beneficial has been embraced by major partners in the wellness sector - Health Funding Authority, Local Government NZ, National Heart Foundation, Agencies for Nutrition Action and the YMCA

  • Green Prescriptions - the active way to health adopted by 50% of NZ general practitioners

  • SportsMark - the quality standard for the delivery of sport is extended to primary and secondary schools - and eight national sport bodies awarded

  • No Exceptions - strategic partnership with the Halberg Trust sees four Sport Opportunity Officers appointed with a further eight positions to be established in 2000-01

  • Officials - a programme to gain, train and retain sport referees, judges and umpires has been developed for launch next year

  • Sportfit - the repackaged Sportfit launched in March to best deliver sport to teenagers in schools

  • Sport Coordinators - 98% of secondary schools have a sport co-ordinator

  • Schools and clubs are allies - most secondary schools have formal links with more than seven sports clubs

  • Winning Women - the Commission's women's programme - including a successful Winning Women's Workshop in Christchurch - was recognised with an International Olympic Committee Award

  • Community Sport Fund - grants averaging $1387 given to promote coaching and young people's sport in 4,141 sports clubs and active leisure organisations. 77% of the 5,219 projects supported expressly benefited young people.

  • He Oranga Poutama - programmes for Maori sport in half of all marae settings

  • KiwiWalks - helps people find and enjoy quick and easy walking tracks

  • Research - shows that 68% of New Zealanders lead healthy active lifestyles

How Our Money was Invested 1999/2000

This chart includes funding to national sport and active-leisure organisations, the New Zealand Sports Foundation (to develop high-performance sport), regional sports trusts, and community clubs (through the Community Sport Fund). It also includes funds invested in Commission programmes and services.

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Strategic Targets

Against our strategic plan period that ends in 2000, we have achieved the following results:

Strategic Target 2000 Results
In Young People's Sport
  • 50,000 young school-leavers trained as sport leaders
  • 93,000
  • KiwiSport a regular activity in 95% of primary schools
  • 93%
  • A sports co-ordinator in 90% of secondary schools
  • 98%
  • In Coaching & Excellence
  • All national sports bodies and regional sports trusts bulk funded
  • achieved
  • 20 or more world-class events hosted in NZ
  • 30 have been held
  • 40 sports bodies achieve the SportsMark quality standard
  • 43 bodies are registered: 13 have completed the process and 10 have been awarded.
  • 20 major sport organisations achieve their player-to-coach/leader ratio.
  • 23 (with others close to their ideal levels)
  • 35 national sport bodies have accredited coach programmes. SportsMark is being used to update sports that have been previously accredited and to evaluate a further six sports with coaching programmes.
  • 36 sports
  • National strategy for development and support of officials
  • Resources developed and initial training completed for facilitators. Implementation in 2001
  • In High Performance Sport
  • New Zealand's best-prepared team attends the Sydney Olympics
  • NZ's performance will be reviewed with the NZ Sports Foundation
  • New Zealand's rugby and netball teams ranked first in the world, and men's cricket ranked third in one-day competition
  • Rugby came 4th, Netball 2nd and Cricket ODI 3rd equal
  • In Active Living
  • A 10% increase in the number of people doing a minimum of 2.5 hours active leisure a week
  • Research will show results in 2001


  • Photos are acknowledged from:

    Bay of Plenty Times
    Ross Giblin
    Wanganui Newspapers
    Dominion
    Photosport
    Christchurch Press
    Daily Post
    Donna McKelvey
    Evening Post
    Northern Publishing
    Otago Daily Times
    Photosource
    Rebecca Scott
    Tawa College
    Timaru Herald
    Waiwhetu School
    Otago Daily Times
    New Zealand Herald
    Morgan Wanoa
    Sam Henderson
    Auaki Kore Ra Kori Tinana
    Maarten Holl

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