About Nuku Ora


Nuku Ora is the independent body for physical activity in the greater Wellington region. Established in 1990 with charitable status under the Charities Act, we believe physical activity has the power to transform lives. We are a Regional Sports Trust (RST) dedicated to improving the wellbeing of the communities we serve.

We operate within a wide geographical area, spanning the region between Ōtaki in the west, across to Eketāhuna in the east, and Wellington City in the south. The region encompasses eight territorial authority areas (matching the Greater Wellington Regional Council area).

Nuku Ora is governed by a Board of Trustees and managed by a CEO and four General Managers. Nuku Ora’s main funding partners are Sport NZ, Te Whatu Ora, ACC, New Zealand Community Trust, Eastern and Central Community Trust, and Four Winds Foundation. We also partner with other like-minded organisations such as territorial authorities, trusts and corporate sponsors.


Our service model

            Business Team

Delivery Team 

Partnerships Team

Develops and maintains the organisational systems, processes for Nuku Ora and practices to enable effective delivery of our strategic outcomes.

The Business Team covers:

  • Human Resources
  • Communications and Marketing
  • IT & Systems
  • Finance
  • Events
  • Executive & Admin Support
  • Central Support Platform

Supports individuals to make changes towards active lifestyles and builds capability of organisations and individuals. Focuses on less active population sectors.

The Delivery Team covers:

  • Green Prescription Programme Delivery
  • Healthy Active Learning
  • Community Development
  • Sport 
  • Coaching
  • Regional Leadership
  • Active Recreation
  • Play

Develops and maintains strategic relationships and identifies opportunities for new partnerships and future funding.

The Partnerships Team covers:

  • Insights & Evaluation
  • Regional Planning & Development
  • Commercial Development
  • Physical Activity Organisations
  • Iwi
  • Wairarapa
  • Fund Management

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