Hillary Commission Introduction
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Playground The Growing Business of sport and active living

The sport and active-leisure sector is growing. The sector makes a significant contribution to the country's economy - and to the wellbeing and national pride of New Zealanders. International and domestic participation in sport and active leisure is rising in prominence and needs to be further encouraged. This means increased consumer spending on sport and active leisure, and more jobs - an overall benefit to the community.

The total impact of the sector has increased by 16% since 1991, making it one of the more dynamic sectors in New Zealand.

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AREA 1991 1996 % rise
Total sector impact $1,520m $1,758m 16%
Ner spending by local authorities $315m $338 7%
Spending on goods and services $769m $967m 26%
Exports of goods $29m $93m 220%
Taxes from sector $300m $339m 13%
Direct and indirect employment 24,700 jobs 31,000 jobs 26%
Direct Employment 15,300 jobs 19,200 jobs 25%
Volunteers in the sector 300,000 340,000 15%

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About Us
The Hillary Commission is the crown agency responsible for supporting sport and active living in New Zealand. We aim to encourage and create opportunities for all New Zealanders to be physically active. We will also develop sport so that all participants can reach their potential and our best athletes achieve international honours. The Hillary Commission has up to nine Commissioners and is based in Wellington. We are funded by the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board and the Government.

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Track Record Performance Highlights in 1997/98 Coaches Count - promoting the importance of coaching in New Zealand and encouraging more people to coach sports teams. Coaches Count television campaign achieved high awareness and contributed to over 5,000 new coaches in less than a year

Ten Great Years of KiwiSport in Schools - nationwide birthday party for our young sports people in 1998 involved 314,000 kids

KiwiSport Success - 93% of schools teach KiwiSport. 21,400 teachers and volunteers coached in KiwiSport Sport Leader - 30,000 young people are enrolled to become community leaders through sport

Community Sports Funded - 4,599 sports clubs received $5.2m funds to provide for young people and boost coaching

Value for Money - virtually all athletes receiving grants from the New Zealand Sports Foundation maintained or improved their performance

Major Events New Zealand - created to advise Government on increasing sport1related tourism to New Zealand

He Oranga Poutama - 150 marae-based physical activity programmes under way

KiwiWalks - launched by 26 local authorities, creating thousands of kilometres of easy-walking fun

More People More Active - ministerial taskforce on physical activity recommends a major campaign to ensure all adults are active for 30 minutes per day

Growing Sector - new study shows sport is a major contributor to New Zealand's economy and supports 31,000 jobs.

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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