Te Tai Tokerau moving forward in partnership - a regional strategy for play, active recreation and sport
Kōkiri ai te Waka Hourua is the 2021-31 strategy for play, active recreation and sport in Te Tai Tokerau.
Undertaken as a collaborative project between the Northland Sport Coalition, Sport Northland, the four Northland Councils, Te Kahu o Taonui (the Iwi Chair’s Collective) and Sport NZ, the strategy provides a high-level strategic framework to guide decision making for play, active recreation and sport in Te Tai Tokerau.
First and foremost, the strategy looks to create a bi-cultural future for play, active recreation and sport in Te Tai Tokerau, with the name (Kōkiri ai te Waka Hourua) reflecting a desire to move forward under the waka hourua (double-hulled canoe/waka) partnership, allowing people to give effect from a tangata whenua (iwi/hapū /marae/whānau) approach and a tangata tiriti (people of the Treaty/non-Māori) approach.
Te Kaupapa o Te Rautaki | Purpose
This strategy and its insights will help guide our approach, programme of work and how best to undertake planning for future provision. By working in a collaborative manner, a view of the priorities for future play, active recreation and sport needs has been developed. It is intended this will help guide Councils across Te Tai Tokerau, and relevant funding agencies, in their decision making. It will also help the sector as a whole be better informed as to what the needs, rather than wants, are across the region.
He rautaki e here ngā kōrero | Strategic Fit
This strategy provides a high-level strategic framework to guide future decision making for play, active recreation and sport. There is an importance and need for Kōkiri ai te Waka Hourua to be supported by district level, facility and programmes focused plans and strategies. Whangārei, Kaipara and the Far North district level plans will help inform future reviews of the over-arching regional strategy and will collectively inform council long term plans (LTPs) and work programmes across the full range of sector organisations.
Click here to see the district plans
Whangarei Active Recreation and Sport Strategy
Kaipara Spaces and Places Plan
Far North Spaces and Places Plan
A mātou moemoea | Vision
Keeping Te Tai Tokerau moving in partnership, using our tikanga (way of doing things) to guide how we act now and in the future.
A mātou whakapono | Our Principles and Values
He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tirene me Te Tiriti o Waitangi
We acknowledge the mana of the articles of He Whakaputanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi and in doing so acknowledge Māori as mana whenua.
Poipoia te kakano kia puawai
Young people (mokopuna, tamariki and rangatahi) will be our primary focus. We will focus on fun and encourage young people to not specialise too early. We acknowledge that childhood sporting success is not a reliable predictor of adult athlete success. We value the importance of play and the right of young people to have varied, self-directed, playful experiences.
We will use play, active recreation and sport to support the mahi of other sectors (through strategic partnerships). Working together - using our local connections, knowledge and input to create a better, more active future throughout Te Tai Tokerau.
Oranga Taiao, Oranga Tāngata
We actively encourage the connection of people to place. It is important that play, active recreation and sport supports holistic wellbeing. Our spaces and places will be increasingly used for a wide range of play, active recreation and sport and community outcomes. We will empower individual communities to create participation initiatives specifically suited to their place and their people.
Ngā putanga rautaki | Strategic Outcomes
From engagement with individuals, whānau and organisations across the sector and region, there were different views expressed, but also many consistent themes regarding what the key strategic outcomes and areas of future focus should be in the region. The key strategic outcomes are:
Ngā Pou | Strategic Pillars
Mana Orite | Partnerships
Tāngata whaiora | People
Whanaungatanga | Connectivity
Ngā whai wāhitanga | Programmes and Participation
Whakamahere me ngā kaupapa here | Planning and Policy
Ngā wāhi o Te Tai Tokerau | Spaces and Places
For more information on Kōkiri ai te Waka Hourua, contact Brittany White, Sector Strategy & Community Funding Lead on 022 4753054 or email@example.com
Access all strategies and plans here:
Kōkiri ai te Waka Hourua
Kōkiri ai te Waka Hourua is the regional strategy for play, active recreation and sport in Te Tai Tokerau.
Whangarei Active Recreation & Sport Strategy
This strategy provides a high-level direction to Whangarei District Council on how to meet the current and future active recreation and sport facility (spaces and places) needs for the Whangarei District.
Kaipara Spaces & Places Plan
The Kaipara Spaces & Places Plan is a facility-focussed plan that helps support the regional strategy for play, active recreation and sport – Kōkiri ai te Waka Hourua.
Far North Spaces & Places Plan
The Far North Spaces & Places Plan is a facility-focussed plan that helps support the regional strategy for play, active recreation and sport – Kōkiri ai te Waka Hourua.
Northland Aquatic Facilities Plan
The Northland Aquatic Facilities Plan was developed in 2023 after being identified as a reccomendation within Kōkiri ai te Waka Hourua.
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