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Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ)

Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ)

Established under the Sport and Recreation Act 2002, Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ) has the role of getting New Zealanders to enjoy and excel through sport and recreation.

Sport NZ receives funding from both the Crown and the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board. As a crown entity, Sport NZ is accountable through the Ministry to the Minister for Sport and Recreation.

Organisation details

  • Chair – Bill Moran
  • Chief Executive – Raelene Castle

Contact details

All members of the board are appointed by the Minister for Sport and Recreation and the board will have between five and nine members including the Chair. When making appointments to the board the Minister must take into account the recommendation of the Nominations Advisory Group established under section 18 of the Sport and Recreation Act 2002.

Sport New Zealand was first established on 1 January 2003 under the Sport and Recreation New Zealand Act (2002). After 10 years of being known as Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC), on 1 February 2012 SPARC became Sport New Zealand.

In 2011 High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) was launched as a subsidiary of Sport NZ, to focus on elite athletes and ensure they're as well prepared as they can be.

Board Membership (expiry of term in brackets):

  • Bill Moran – Chair (June 2021)
  • Jason Shoebridge - Deputy Chair (July 2021)
  • Dr Farah Palmer (June 2021)
  • Rowan Simpson (October 2021)
  • Raewyn Lovett (June 2021)
  • Hilary Poole (July 2021)
  • Kylie Clegg (July 2021)
  • Beatrice Faumuinā (November 2022)

Related links

Sport NZ website

Sport and Recreation New Zealand Act 2002


Updated on 15th December 2020