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Sport is one of the major parts of the Kiwi lifestyle. The Hillary Commission for Sport Fitness and Leisure has been set up by the Government to develop sport and physical activity so that more people can be involved, enjoy an active lifestyle and develop their skills - perhaps even become champions. Our mission says it all!

The Hillary Commission was established in 1987 by an Act of Parliament (the Sport, Fitness and Leisure Act). The Act describes how the Commission is set up and what its main tasks are:

  • There are nine Commissioners, who are responsible for making all the decisions about funding and the activities the Commission gets involved in. The Commission chairman is John Wells.
  • The Commission has a team of 40 staff, based at its office in Wellington.
  • The Commissioners make the decisions about what the Commission does, and report to the Minister of Sport, who is Hon. Trevor Mallard.

Each year the Commission produces an annual report for parliament and the public describing what it has done and how it has spent its funds in that year.

The Commission has around $35 million to spend in developing sport and promoting active leisure. Some of this comes from the Government from taxes, but 90% comes from the NZ Lottery Grants Board, which distributes money raised from Lotto, Daily Keno and Instant Kiwi.



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