In January 2001 the Government received the Getting Set for an Active Nation report. One of the recommendations was to establish a new entity, which integrated the functions of the Hillary Commission, the New Zealand Sports Foundation and the sport policy arm of the Office of Tourism and Sport.
A transition board for the new recreation and sport agency has been appointed. The agency is due to come into being at the end of the year to lead the development of physical recreation and sport in New Zealand.
The new nine-member board, which combines strong recreation, sporting and governance expertise, will take over from the present Hillary Commission Board on July 1. Until then it will operate as a transition board.
The board was chosen through an independent nominations panel process, which was recommended by the Ministerial Taskforce into Sport Fitness and Leisure.