Moving our Nation Annual Report 2001
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.


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Our Track Record

Performance highlights 2000/2001

  • Regional investment in sport - as well as the Commission's $6.1 million invested in sport programmes and advocacy in the regions, sports trusts raised another $10.3 million

  • Officials - the programme Calling the Game has been launched to support and show the value of sport officials

  • Push Play - 265,000 people introduced to the message that activity is beneficial - in 270 Push Play events

  • Green Prescriptions - 40 of 42 Independent Practitioners Associations have embraced physical activity as part of the cure

  • SportsMark - almost half of the national sport bodies we fund enrolled in our quality standard programme

  • No Exceptions - our partnership with the Halberg Trust sees 13 Sport Opportunity Officers facilitating sport everywhere for people with a disability

  • Sportfit - Sportfit enhanced with $600,000 extra funding from the Ministry of Education

  • upskilling volunteers - 5,200 attendances at coach and officials training courses

  • Schools/clubs link grow - 79% of secondary schools now have formal links with a dozen sports clubs each

  • Community Sport Fund - clubs got 29% bigger grants, as a matter of policy

  • He Oranga Poutama - 16 Kaiwhakahaere promoting sport for Maori in Maori settings around the country

  • KiwiWalks - quick and easy walking tracks everywhere

  • Research - shows that 68% of New Zealanders lead healthy active lifestyles
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This chart includes funding to national sport and active-leisure organisations, the NZ 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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The Maori Dimension in Sport

Maori have a passion for sport. The Commission is committed to the development of sport, fitness and leisure for Maori and has 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 tikanga and cultural contribution by Maori to New Zealand sport makes NZ unique. The Commission therefore supports development of whanau, hapu and iwi.

  • He Oranga Poutama is based on whanau, hapu and iwi sports, encouraging Maori to become more physically active in Maori settings.


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Sports Trust Serving Communities

The regional sports trusts implement Commission sport and active leisure programmes in the field. As our partners in delivering regional support, they also contributed $16.23 million of locally-generated funds to the $6.1 million provided by the Commission for the development of active, healthy, cohesive communities.

This funding goes into developing sports organisations and clubs, training volunteer coaches, officials and administrators, helping make sport happen for young people through KiwiSport and Sportfit, encouraging '30 minutes a day' through Push Play, and providing sport for Maori in a Maori setting through He Oranga Poutama.

Formal training in coaching and administration this year attracted more than 26,000 attendances. The sports trusts provided 370 regional sports organisations with support and expertise.

Sports trusts provided KiwiSport training for teachers and sport leaders (28,205 attendances) as part of our national policy on junior sport. There were more than 31,638 attendances at secondary school sport leader and sport education training.

During the year sport trusts encouraged the Push Play message in 326 Push Play-branded physical activity events, which attracted more than 265,000 attendances, a 55% increase over last year. 4,239 patients on a Green Prescription (written advice from a GP or practice nurse for a patient to be more active) worked with sports trusts in a bid to improve their health and wellbeing.

The sports trusts also work directly with iwi to provide He Oranga Poutama. This programme aims to get more Maori active in marae settings, and during the year 111,300 Maori participated in marae-based physical activity events.

Sports trusts are in partnership with their regional infrastructure, and this is a real asset. This support includes links with schools, sports organisations, iwi, local councils, and community trusts and health providers. By linking and working together we can ensure the continued development of grassroots sport and healthy active communities.


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Funding by Region

2000-2001 total funding to sports trusts

Funding by Region

For more information on this funding to sports trusts, click here.



The Hillary Commission for Sport, Fitness and Leisure
Te Komihana Haakinakina a Hillary
Our programmes are funded by the NZ Lottery Grants Board