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All Northlanders leading better lives through involvement in play, active recreation and sport


Enriching lives through play, active recreation and sport

Sport Northland, one of 14 Regional Sports Trusts nationwide (as a collective, known as Sportnet), is a registered charitable trust with the Charities Commission under the Charities Act 2005, with the registration number CC27987 (relevant information about Sport Northland can be found at the Charities Commission website at www.charities.govt.nz).

Sport Northland serves a population of over 180,000 people that includes a region with three district councils, one regional council, 34 secondary schools, 132 primary schools, 46 regional sports organisations and over 600 sport and recreation clubs.

Sport Northland’s core purpose is ‘Enriching lives through play, active recreation and sport’ and although its core business is the achievement of Sport NZ outcomes, Sport Northland endeavours to encourage people into play, active recreation and sport through all its areas of operation.

Sport Northland’s Events Team has a large and diverse calendar of events which caters for thousands of participants annually. The Sport Northland Run/Walk Series of seven events attracts 8000 people annually, with the Northland Waste Kerikeri Half Marathon the flagship event of the series. We also contract out events that we own – both the Tour of Northland Cycle Challenge and the Northland Home Show are delivered by external agencies, with Sport Northland receiving a fee in both cases.

The Active Communities team is the largest within Sport Northland. They are broken into the following sub-teams: Healthy Lifestyles (Green Prescription, Strength & Balance and Active Workplaces), Systems (both local and regional), Watersafe (delivery into primary schools), Secondary Schools (events and development), He Oranga Poutama (Maori participation and leadership), Energize (Primary school support for developing increased PA and healthy eating) and Coaching (development).

Sport Northland owns and operates Kensington Fitness and McKay Stadium and also owns (but contracts out the management) of the Whangarei Aquatic Centre, the Bay of Islands Recreation Centre and the Kauri Coast Community Pool.  Over 600,000 visits occur annually to these facilities.

The Business Improvement team supports all the above areas of operation through the following back office functions: Corporate Services (customer services, finance and administration), Communications/Marketing, Sponsorship/Funding and Insights/Evaluation.

Sport Northland also owns and operates the Northland Sports House in Kensington, Whangarei. This facility is the home of sports administration in Northland, housing not only Sport Northland’s main office, but also many of Northland’s regional sporting organizations.

The Sport Northland team comprises over 80 staff (45 fulltime and 35 part-time), a 10 strong Board of Trustees and 80 sponsors and partners of varying levels.