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
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.