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SPARC 2005 News

Joint Rugby World Cup bid office set up
Sport & Recreation Minister Trevor Mallard announced today that Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC), and the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU), have set up a joint bid office for the hosting of the Rugby World Cup in 2011.
1 April 2005

SPARC working with Auckland to create a more active region
In a bid to keep Aucklanders off the couch, Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC) has offered $1 million toward the implementation of an Auckland Region Sport and Recreation Strategy provided the local authorities and regional sports trusts in the Auckland region match it dollar for dollar between them.
23 March 2005

Sports Disputes Tribunal Chair Retires
Rt Hon E W (Ted) Thomas DCNZM QC has retired as Chair of the Sports Disputes Tribunal of New Zealand.
22 March 2005

SPARC Launches Active Movement for under fives
A new initiative which aims to get more young children more active has been launched today by SPARC Chief Executive, Nick Hill, and Sport & Recreation Minister, Trevor Mallard.
21 March 2005

Sir Brian Lochore takes SPARC Leadership Award at the Halbergs
Sir Brian Lochore has been awarded the SPARC Leadership Award at the Halbergs in recognition of his outstanding contribution to New Zealand sport both on the field, and for his roles in coaching and sports administration.
24 February 2005

New Zealand Coaching Strategy Released Today
SPARC today launched the New Zealand Coaching Strategy, flagging the most significant changes to be made to coaching in New Zealand for many years. It also announced the extension of a major coaching initiative CoachCorp which has been successfully piloted in Auckland.
22 February 2005

Cricket fans encouraged to stay active at 'one-dayers'
A new activity called Spectatorcise will feature at the one-day international cricket games against Australia starting at Wellingtons Westpac Stadium this Saturday.
17 February 2005

New Pukerua Bay cycleway a bonus for Push Play
The new cycle bridge at Pukerua Bay is great example of how local communities can make it easier for people to get active.
10 February 2005

SPARC 2004 News

2005 Scholarships for Coaches
A record 100 Prime Minister's High Performance Coach Scholarships have been awarded to support New Zealands top coaches next year, Sport and Recreation Minister Trevor Mallard announced today.
22 December 2004

SPARC provides swimming major boost
Swimming New Zealand received a major boost today with the announcement that SPARC will invest a minimum of $4.5 million over the next four years.
10 December 2004

SPARC Future Champions Announced
562 athletes from 192 secondary schools were recognised today as SPARC Future Champions.
6 December 2004

Kayak race launches sport risk management guidelines
29 November 2004
A kayak race between ACC Minister Ruth Dyson and a team from SPARC launched the new Guidelines for Risk Management in Sport and Recreation with a splash today.
Background notes on Guidelines.

National Push Play Day's Here Again
4 November 2004
"Get out, get active and have fun" is the call for this year's National Push Play Day being celebrated on Friday, 5 November.

Parliament on the move for Push Play Day
02 November 2004
Sport and Recreation Minister Trevor Mallard has put his feet where his mouth is, mid-way through a Push Play challenge between Labour MPs and the parliamentary press gallery in the lead-up to Push Play Day.

Sir Terry McLean National Sports Journalism Awards 2004 - Winners Announced
31 October 2004
Fifteen of New Zealand's top sports journalists and photographers were winners tonight at the annual Sir Terry McLean National Sports Journalism Awards.

Sir Terry McLean National Sports Journalism Awards
20 October 2004
The finalists for the 2004 Sir Terry McLean National Sports Journalism Awards have been selected and are listed on the next page.

New Zealand's Sporting Elite Honoured
19 October 2004
Sarah Ulmer, Hamish Carter, Peter Martin and members of the Black Sox and Silver Ferns teams were among 65 athletes and teams honoured tonight at the New Zealand Academy of Sport Gala Dinner in Auckland .

SPARC Doubles Investment in Motorsports
12 October 2004
SPARC is set to double its investment in New Zealand motorsports to nearly $310,000 next year. MotorSport NZ, KartSport New Zealand, Motorcycling NZ, Speedway NZ and NZ Powerboat Federation all stand to gain from the decision.

Active Schools
5 October 2004
SPARC has welcomed the Minister of Education's announcement today that physical activity is to be given a greater priority in schools.
Minister of Education's announcement.

Sir Terry McLean Sports Journalism Awards 2004
7 September 2004
Following a very successful Olympic Games and numerous placings in World Championships, it's time to start thinking about your entries for the 2004 Sir Terry McLean National Sports Journalism Awards.

Kiwis First to Conquer Asia's Mighty Mekong River
2 September 2004
A Kiwi quest to complete the first known human-powered traverse of Asia's mighty Mekong River has been a success.

Health, SPARC and Education Zero in on Children's Wellbeing
28 July 2004
Memorandum of understanding jointly signed today by the Ministries of Education and Health and Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC).

Talent Identification and Development
26 July 2004
Future talent findings revealed today by a new SPARC-commissioned Talent Identification and Development Taskforce.

New Programme to Transform Coaching in New Zealand
15 July 2004
A key part of SPARC's strategy to create a world class coaching environment in New Zealand was revealed today with the announcement of an innovative programme called CoachForce.
Background notes on Coachforce.


SPARC Welcomes Work-Life Balance Report
12 July 2004
A new report on Kiwi's attitudes to work-life balance reveals that many consider recreation and leisure time very important but work commitments can get in the way.

Sport and Recreation Funding Directory
8 July 2004
Organisations involved in sport and recreation are set to benefit from a new directory of funding sources made available by SPARC.

SPARC invests $1 million in Active Communities
8 July
$1 million has been awarded under the SPARC Active Communities Investment Scheme to projects aimed at getting Kiwis active at a local level.

SPARC welcomes Healthy Eating Healthy Action plan
24 June 2004
SPARC has welcomed the release of the Health Eating Healthy Action implementation plan by Health Minister Annette King today.

Integrating Maori and Sporting Culture
23 June 2004
SPARC commends the New Zealand Olympic Committee for the leadership it has shown in reflecting the unique identity of the New Zealand Olympic Team.

Funding Boost Secures Future of Green Prescriptions
21 June 2004
PHARMAC and SPARC have boosted funding of the Green Prescriptions programme bringing total funding to $1.4 million this year.

Low Awareness that Physical Activity Reduces Risk of Cancer
17 June 2004
Statistics revealed in a recent joint SPARC/Cancer Society survey of over 8000 New Zealanders.

Back pain initiative welcomed by SPARC
3 June 2004
A new ACC initiative encouraging New Zealanders to be active in managing back pain has been welcomed by SPARC (Sport and Recreation New Zealand).

Government Funds New Grants for Elite Athletes
31 May 2004
The Government is backing New Zealand's elite athletes with a new multi-million dollar grants system, Sport and Recreation Minister Trevor Mallard announced today.
Background Notes on Performance Enhancement Grants Scheme.

Government Backs Healthy and Active NZ with Extra Funding
28 May 2004
The Government injection of $30 million brings total funding for sport and recreation sector to $220 million over next four years.

SPARC announces major investment in Netball New Zealand
24 May 2004
Netball New Zealand received a major boost today with the announcement by SPARC of a $3.69m investment over the next four years.

Early Childhood Physical Activity Vital to the Development of Brain and Body
10 May 2004
SPARC resource "An Introduction to Active Movement / Koringa Hihoko" released as part of National Well Child Week.

2003 SPARC Volunteer Coach of the Year Announced
28 April 2004
The 2003 SPARC Volunteer Coach of the Year and the winner of a trip to the Australian Institute of Sport is Kaponga teacher Rachael Gibbons, announced SPARC today.

SPARC to invest $30 million in Regional Sports Trusts
26 April 2004
SPARC will increase its investment in Regional Sports Trusts by $3 million per year over the next three years, bringing its investment to $30 million over this period, announced SPARC CE Nick Hill today.

Kiwi Adventurers Aim for World-First Traverse of the Mighty Mekong River
23 April 2004
A long-awaited Kiwi quest to achieve a world-first traverse of the mighty Mekong River commences today with the departure of the SPARC Hillary Expedition team for the River's newly discovered source in the plateau of Tibet.

Ian Ferguson takes SPARC Leadership Award at Halbergs
19 February 2004
Ian Ferguson has been awarded the SPARC Leadership Award at the Halbergs in recognition of his superb contribution to New Zealand sport both on and off the water.

SPARC Reveals Key Motivators and Barriers to Physical Activity
29 January 2004
A new SPARC study has revealed the key motivators and barriers to physical activity experienced by inactive people - an estimated 1.3 million adult New Zealanders.

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