Collective Conversations

As part of our System Response, we host weekly online information sessions for organisations and individuals in the play, active recreation and sport sector in the Greater Wellington Region. These conversations are designed to offer sector members the opportunity to receive key updates, ask questions, and share what's on their mind.  


COVID-19 and Alert Levels for the Wellington Region - Thursday 20 August

In light of the developing situation regarding COVID-19 and changes to Alert Levels for the greater Wellington region, we scheduled a special Collective Conversation. The purpose of this webinar was to provide you with the latest information regarding COVID-19 updates, Alert Levels, and the impact of these on the physical activity sector in our greater region.

Rodger Thompson, Project Lead – Sector Response & Recovery – Sport Wellington update

Blair Duncan, Operations Manager, Capital Football – Experience of delivering sport at AL2 last weekend and keep/stop/start for this upcoming weekend.

  • Last weekend all grades 13yr+ games went ahead, partially due to the Football Festival which had been planned. This week all games will go ahead.  
  • Contract tracing QR codes placed at grounds, and reminders to teams about manual entry along with other tracing processes. 
  • Faced difficulties with crowd control over the weekend - 700 games, a lot of people and not all sticking to the alert level recommendations.
  • Capital Football is hoping to promote more personal responsibility in following social distancing and hygiene practices.

Colin Stone, Regional Partnership Manager, Sport NZ – Latest Sport NZ updates including adjustments to Alert Level tables.

  • QR codes & encouragement of the use of facemasks.
  • Futures funds set up: Re-set & Rebuild, Strengthen & Adapt, Different and better, a reminder to check whether you can apply for these. 
  • Another Futures Project, Environmental Scans can be utilised by stakeholders. These include scans for social change, the health environment, business support and the sports perspective. 
  • New SportNZ website is LIVE now.
  • Vitae Counselling to support staff in the Sport and Recreational system which may be finding this current COVID-19 situation challenging. These are confidential conversations in the form of 1:1 support. 
  • Queens Birthday Honours nominations can be put forward now. 
  • Women + Girls Summit reminder - this is now going to be held online. 7-9 October 1:00-4:00pm daily.  

Debbie Houston-Tupou, Operations Manager, Upper Hutt YMCA – Experience of delivering community programmes at AL2 last weekend and keep/stop/start for this upcoming weekend

  • Community gym and basketball facilities - were able to get our communications very fast this time following initial COVID-19 events. 
  • Has been able to continue activities for children and dance events which they did not do in the previous Level 2 but have been able to meet Exercise NZ guidelines. Some classes have been stopped due to people in vulnerable positions; others have just had reduced numbers and time to keep to guidelines. 
  • Staff have been working hard to offer gentle reminders, and keep the positive conversation of movement for wellness with the community and doing so safely in this environment. 

Jamie Leith, Partnerships Advisor – Funding, Sport Wellington – Overview of Sport Wellington Return to Play Fund 

  • Return to Play Fund opened on 12 August for COVID-19 related expenses from 10 July.
  • Details for funds are all on the Sport Wellington Website; a simple application form which only requires the proof of purchase. 
  • This fund is quite broad, here are some examples of who can apply: Community Sports Organisations, Community Physical Activity and Recreation Activities, Health Organisation who deliver physical activity programmes along with Disability organisations. 
  • Community Resilience Fund is a first in the first served fund - great to see a board uptake from our region. Close date is 4 September.
  • Tu Manawa $68 million over four years to support the community recreation space. The fund is not live yet - but keep an eye out next week. More information can be found here


Wellington Regional Update - Thursday 6 August

The purpose of this Collective Conversation was to provide our regional and local stakeholders with the latest information regarding the Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund and Sport NZ Tu Manawa Active Aotearoa Fund.

  • Rodger Thompson, Project Lead – Sector Response & Recovery – Sport Wellington update
  • Colin Stone, Regional Partnership Manager, Sport NZ – Sport NZ update and funding overview
  • Jamie Leith, Partnerships Advisor – Funding, Sport Wellington – Community Resilience Fund and Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa details

Download the full presentation

Find out more about the Community Resilience Fund


Wellington Regional Update - Thursday 9 July 

Colin Stone, Sport NZ 

  • Minister announced $265m package for sector recovery with Budget 2020
    • First part of this - $80m over four years - Reset and rebuild 
      • short term support to help sport and recreation organisations at all levels to get through initial legacy of COVID-19
    • The three stages all intertwine and overlap
  • First part of funding - $80m over 4 years
    • $54m in this first year
  • New activation fund – Tu Manawa Active Aotearoa
    • Four year fund - $68m – part from govt. and part from Sport NZ internal funds
      • Replaces Regional Kiwisport Partnership Fund
        • Kiwisport was focused on school-aged children – either in school/after school or in relation to school
        • This new fund is broader. Focuses on Community organisations/initiatives. 
          • eg. could be a church group 
    • Aligned with Sport NZ strategy -  major focus is on young people – tamariki and rangitahi
      • Particularly interested in communities/groups of people who have higher barriers to participation – Maori, Women & Girls, Disabled T&R, high deprivation areas
    • Will be distributed by RST – Sport Wellington
    • Research during lockdown shows that those greater impacted through COVID-19 aligns to socio-economics
      • 19-24 age group has been impacted a lot
      • First year fund will include up to 24 year olds as well as tamariki and rangitahi
    • Currently working with RST partners to develop guidelines for fund
    • Expect that within next 2 weeks will have this fund close to up and running
      • Due to be open for funding during July
  • Community Resilience Fund 2.0
    • 1.0 was set up from funds within Sport NZ to support organisations materially affected by the shut down
      • $15m allotted - $6.2m went out the doors around the country to 1900 organisations
    • Sport NZ learnt a lot from stage 1 and have made adjustments for 2.0
    • 2.0 will have a broader mandate 
      • No affiliation to national/regional organisation requirements
      • Can apply for operational funding as well as fixed costs
        • Could include salaries/wages once the wage subsidy comes to an end
      • Changed the cap 
        • Maximum grant available $25,000 across all organisations - has to apply to the impact that COVID-19 has had on their organisation 
        • Sport NZ have taken into account that other funding streams are starting to open/be distributed eg. Community trusts, class 4 funding
        • Average cost for regional organisations was about $16,500 per application for stage 1
    • Organisations who received funding during 1.0 will be able to apply for 2.0
    • Sport NZ do not expect organisations to drain their reserves before applying for funding. 
    • $10m fund total
    • Aimed at covering expenses up to end of September period
    • Distributed by regional sports trust – Sport Wellington
    • Will be available by August
  • Regional Sports Trusts
    • Don't want you to think about RSTs as purely a funding organisation
    • Also add value through regional leadership, strategic thinking, building sector capability and partnerships – this is the key value proposition of RSTs for Sport NZ
  • National partners fund
    • Tailored to the need of each partner
    • Have added additional funding to support organisations that run national leagues - $300,000 for each entity
      • National mens and womens premier league competitions running across NZ
        • Need to have been in existence pre-covid
  • Fund for making facilities gender neutral for upcoming world cups
    • Focused in Auckland/Northland
  • Individual hardship fund 
    • For people in communities that were hti hardest by COVID-19. To help reduce barriers to physical activity. 
    • $3m fund 
    • Currently exploring the best way to do this. Collaborating with organisations who work closely with individuals in communities. 
  • Sport NZ's website for more information

Rodger Thompson, Sport Wellington

  • Regional Recovery Group
    • Changed name from regional response group to regional recovery group
    • Going through process to identify new key pieces of work to prioritise between now and December. These include:  
      • 1. Profiling communities across greater wellington region
        • Who lives in them, what are the barriers etc.
      • 2. Regional spaces and places plan – bring this to life
        • SW taking lead and establishing steering group
      • 3. Wellbeing Hub 2.0
        • Regional Public Health, Health boards to make it a world=class hub
      • 4. Establishing funders group
        • Subgroup – talking to major funders in region, encouraging collaboration
        • Share what their priorities are, and to sync and make sure that funding that's going into system is complimenting each other
      • 5. Shared Service Project
      • 6. Workforce and people development
      • 7. Joint advocacy
    • Chaired by Sport Wellington
    • Each piece of work will have owner
  • Return to play fund closes Friday 10 July 
  • The Lockdown Effect on Physical Activity survey results published 

Wellington Regional Update - Thursday 25 June


Rodger Thompson, Sport Wellington

  • Still important to be ready to move up alert levels if required | view Health and Safety planning templates and resources
  • Sport Wellington recently launched the 'Return to Play' fund. You can apply for up to $3k to cover COVID related costs such as the purchase of hand sanitiser and signange | Find out more about this fund
  • Regional Response Group have re-assessed their work programme and identified 9 pieces of work that the group will focus on between now and Christmas in order to keep momentum and collaboration going.

Mike Knell, NZCT

  • Acting Chair of GMANZ. Having their AGM tomorrow. Minister Tracey Martin will be announcing relief package for Class 4.
    • This package includes: Fees relief and amendments to some regulations and review of the inability for Class 4 to hold reserves.
  • When reading the following information, Mike advised that listeners should seek their own independent advice with the societies that you deal with.
  • The sector has bounced back quicker than anyone could have imagined.
  • Revenue has gone back pre-COVID and there is actually a 5-10% increase.
  • For the NZCT meeting this coming Monday, they will distribute approx. half of what they normally do. For the July meeting, they should be pretty much back to normal.
  • Recommendation: Provide a disclosure upfront when applying for a grant:
    • Provide an understanding of any relief packages that you have received and what you've been able to do with them.
    • Give an understanding of what you've been through, e.g. if you've had to restructure and minimise costs.
    • Outline what your priorities are over the next 12 months are.
    • Engage with Societies as much as possible so they understand your position.
  • NZCT will be prioritising applications from organisations that were heavily impacted by cancelled applications in March.
  • For NZCT, 80% of funding will still go to sport. Every application is treated on its merits.
  • The sector does collaborate to gain an understanding of what communities need. Societies do get together on big projects.

Colin Stone, Sport New Zealand

  • Relief package.
    • Things are very fluid at the moment. We need to use this investment to change the dial and come up with new delivery models and new ways of looking at the participant experience.
    • Immediate response – reset and rebuild
    • Short term recovery – strengthening the sector, collaboration (shared services/mergers)
    • Longer-term (but this work is starting now) – re-imagining the future, what does the sport sector look like that this investment can help us to set up for.
    • Not enough time to consult widely on this, working with SNZ partner organisations (approx. 85) on it.
    • It is an investment not a distribution of funds.
  • SNZ top priorities are:
    • Preserve the system that we have and changing the dial
    • Delivery of SNZ strategy
      • the focus is strongly on tamariki and rangitahi
      • area of unstructured play (tamariki)
      • physical activity (rangitahi)
      • sport (community sport and college sport)
      • insights and evaluation
      • Spaces and places – region to work collaboratively together on this
      • Leadership and connectivity
    • SNZ now has to look at what has changed in these initiative areas as a result of COVID.


Wellington Regional Update - Thursday 11 June 


Mark Watson, Sport Wellington

  • Important not to forget the protocols around hygiene, they are our new norm. The virus could come back.
  • Transition from response phase to recovery. Entering a new phase. From SW perspective we want to provide leadership and connection across the region so that we can come out of this in a strong position going forward.
  • Regional Response Group update - tied to Living Well, collaborative approach to achieving wellbeing in our region. Bringing all of the entities together under commonality. Big piece of work going forward in the recovery phase. 
  • Community Resilience Fund closes 19 June.
  • Upcoming Launch of the Sport Wellington Return to Play Fund.
    • Reimbursing costs of up to $3,000 related to COVID e.g signage, contact tracing, hygiene costs. 
    • Open to all organisations in the play, active recreation and sport sector. No affiliation requirements.
    • More details will be on our website and in our next newsletter.
  • Webinar Friday with Brad Olsen from Infometrics
    • Looking at the Effects of COVID-19 on the NZ economy, in particular the Greater Wellington region.
    • Also will cover the impacts of budget.
    • First in three-part series

Colin Stone, Sport New Zealand

  • SNZ suspended business plan and moved into emergency plan during COVID-19. SNZ staff were redeployed to new roles. Immediate response team, short term response team, and a system recovery team. Now moving into recovery mode.
  • Budget bid, spread over 4 years, doesn't come through all at one time. Cash flowed around Treasury's ability to make it available.
    • This is a fast-paced moving environment. 
    • Different and better – this is a once in a generation reset.
    • Re-position the sport system for the future. Future proof it for generations to come.
  • $4.6m invested into professional franchises to help keep these organisations afloat.
  • Consultation with the sector will occur.
    • Timeframe hasn't be confirmed 
    • The consultation will be tailored with organisations but it won't be far and wide as limited by time.
  • Under alert level 1, rules around physical distancing have gone. Contact tracing has been relaxed but important that we remain vigilant and keep up good practices and be prepared to move back up alert levels. While it's not required, it is encouraged.
  • Economy – signs are that things will get worse before it gets better. It's great that we've returned to play but we need to bear in mind that the world has changed.

Lisa Jones, Wellington Hockey 

  • On 21 Jan Lisa started as CEO of Wellington Hockey. It has been challenging but wonderful things have come out of it with colleagues, the Board, and communicating with other sports.
  • WHA own facilities, 6 turfs, and are responsible for everyone that comes onto the turfs – which are accessible.
    • Had to go and put signage up, open gates (to get rid of high touch points), closed changing rooms and dug outs, water fountains etc.
    • Been an expensive exercise.
    • Daily clean of changing facilities – significant cost.
  • Wasn't just COVID concerns; had to consider wider H&S concerns.
    • eg. Water cannons had sat idle for 2 months, needed to be flushed out.
  • Board member, expert in H&S, gave all staff areas of work to do, given them greater awareness of the importance of it.
    • Have now assigned a staff member to H&S.
  • Did a survey re who will be coming back to hockey. 91% responded.
    • Financial concerns of people being able to afford to come back.
    • Have set up a participation fund to help cover the costs of people who can't afford to play from people who can afford to help 
    • The hockey community have been amazing, patient and supportive.
  • Did the AGM via Zoom and it was the best attendance we've had in a while.
  • Sent out weekly emails during the crisis
    • Found this was worthwhile doing even if you have nothing to say, just staying in touch.
  • Hindsight – had to be prepared to be at level 2 for a long time, if they'd known level 1 would be this soon would have done things slightly differently.
    • IDMe signs put up. WCC put up their Rippl signs. MoH want the Govt app signs up. A lot of signage which ended up being confusing for users.
  • Team numbers in Juniors will be up slightly. Seniors down a bit but that was expected.
  • People were keen to follow rules initially. Now a bit more laid back so it's harder to get them to do what we're asking.
  • If need to go back to level 2, could adjust to that pretty quickly.

Wellington Regional Update - Thursday 28 May


The key points of this conversation include:

Rodger Thompson, Sport Wellington

  • Many of our regional and local stakeholders are now at the stage of returning to play. We have developed a number of resources, along with shared examples, which you can use and adapt.
    • We have developed end-to-end health and safety plans from Wellington Hockey, Tennis Central, a yoga business, fitness business, and secondary school examples that you can take and use/adapt for your own purpose. These docs are on the Resources and Templates page of the COVID hub of our website - View Resources and Templates
    • We've written a one-pager on the three main contact tracing options in our region, outlining what are they and how can they be used by both the facilitator and participant - View resource
  • Netball have done some great work in adapting their' return to play' which they shared in our webinar last week - View recording and summary notes
  • With the phased approach of return to sport and active rec, if you need help, please get in touch.

Colin Stone, Sport New Zealand

  • SNZ are producing an infographic (should be available tomorrow or early next week) outlining the funding options that are currently, or are becoming, available.
  • Sport NZ funding :
    • Community Resilience Fund– this is a tactical fund to provide immediate relief. It's short-term because government package kicks in from July.
    • There will be a Partner Support fund for current partners of SNZ
    • Another fund launches next week "Exceptional Services Fund" aimed at national organisations that SNZ don't have a current partnership with.
    • Physical fund to kick-start physical activity. Only a small fund of $3m. Watch this space, more info to come.
  • The investment from the Government covers four years. Criteria and application for the first phase of investment is being developed ready for 1 July.
    • Other components are for medium and longer-term. Finding new ways to do 'old stuff' and addressing historical inequities. SNZ will develop bespoke agreeements with partner organisations.
    • Future – redefining sport and the participant's experience. Scoping what this could look like (2 years away).
  • Advice went out yesterday re the 100pax guidelines, particularly around spectators - find out more

Bjorn Dix, Wellington Hockey

  • Identified this break in play as an opportunity to tie in other messaging - wanted it to support the Balance is Better messaging
    • Came up with 'Let's Play' campaign
    • With the changing landscape within sport they wanted to use this to their advantage, there is an appetite for people to get back out there and play.
  • Developed messaging for specific groups e.g. sport leads and administrators, coaches, umpires, parents, players.
    • Simple but progressive messages, speaking to what we're about in 2020.
  • Aligns with some structural changes and adjustments they have made to competition and representative structures. 
    • Initially, there was push-back in the community when Balance is Better was first introduced but now with what's happened people are more aligned with it, being more flexible/adapting, and focusing on getting back to play

Wellington Regional Update - Thursday 21 May


The key points of this conversation include:

Rodger Thompson, Sport Wellington

  • Updates in relation to returning to play under level 2 - Find out more
  • End-to-end planning examples, Wellington Hockey, College Sport Wellington, yoga business and two fitness providers. We'll promote their examples so others can use them and adapt to suit their own situation - view resources and templates
  • Contact tracing solutions  - the Government app has been released 'NZ Covid Tracer'
  • So far we've given out just over $250,000 from the Community Resilience Fund. We encourage more clubs and organisations to check the information about the fund on our site and if you're eligible to apply.

Colin Stone, Sport New Zealand

  • Provided a breakdown of the $265m budget announcement for play, sport and active recreation. Sport New Zealand will receive the money on 1 July and is currently work out how it will be distributed over the next four years.
    • Reset and Rebuild ($83m, 30%)
      This new funding will provide further support and relief to ensure bodies at all levels remain viable for their communities.
    • Strengthen and Adapt ($104m, 40%)
      COVID-19 has highlighted for many of our partners areas in which their organisations are vulnerable and identified ways in which they can make them stronger.
    • Different and Better ($78m, 30%)
      We have to make the most of this chance to reimagine how the sector might look in the future and what will best enable it to meet the needs of all New Zealanders. Part of this work will be exploring what that future might look like, and how we might use new technology and research to modernise the sector.
  • Sport NZ has just released a 'decision tree' alert level 2 guidelines quick reference quide to assist in planning.
  • 27 NSOs have signed off on a guidelines doc for season transition between winter and summer sports. This puts the participant and athlete welfare at the centre of decision making.
  • Sport NZ have been running a number of webinars – Health and Safety and meeting WorkSafe requirements - go to content archive

Steve Weir, Wellington Golf, Operations Manager

  • The role of Wellington Golf during Level 4 to Level 2
    • Had weekly zoom meetings and also talked individually to clubs
    • Discussed the maintenance of assets, understand cash position, encouraged clubs to apply for wage subsidy
    • Provided guidance re ability to play golf under level 3 and understanding the guidelines.
    • Looked at plans and contact tracing – most clubs could use their membership system
  • Lots of changes again under level 2, especially for clubrooms/cafes having to individually serve people which impacts on staff numbers.
  • Hoping to get back to competition in July or August.

Dylan Lindstrom, Royal Wellington Golf Club, General Manager

  • The realities of operating a club in Level 3 and Level 2
    • Not just a golf club, have tennis courts, a pool, café and shop
  • Communications and planning were the key elements
    • The better you set up the environment and message the expectations to users, the easier it is on your staff
    • Keep refining your plans
  • Thinking about the user experience and what member behaviours/habits would need to be changed to meet the new guidelines?
    • Think it through in a chronological sequence from booking, arriving, using the locker room, play, using the locker room, going into the café/clubrooms, departing
    • Be cautious when you first open. It is easier to gradually increase your activities as you go rather than have to decrease and pull back on your offering.
    • Know that things will go wrong or need changing and be ready to adapt quickly
  • The membership system would work for most but some might need to sign in using pen and paper.
    • People have been quick to embrace new technology (paper is the back-up) but you want them (the participant) to take ownership of it.
  • High touchpoints – remove them or do extra cleaning. Leave doors open.
    • For low use items e.g. ball machine, we ask members to clean it themselves after they've used it
  • Need to stop people from mingling – they haven't seen each other in a while and it's like a reunion
  • Initially, the club only opened to members, no visitors to restrict the numbers.

View Golf NZ Resources and Templates 

Wellington Regional Update - Thursday 14 May


The key points of this conversation include:

Rodger Thompson, Sport Wellington: 

  • Community Resilience Fund currently live for clubs and regional organisations -Find out more
  • Regional Response Group work is ongoing, with particular focus being given to the transition from winter to summer sport; health and safety approaches including contact tracing software; and how recreation and sport can be adapted to be delivered safely - See latest actions and updates
  • Delivering sport and recreation at Alert Level 2 webinar - Find out more

Colin Stone, Sport NZ:

  • Adjustments have been made to the latest guidelines of sport and recreation (Signed off at midnight Wednesday 13 May) and Sport NZ will be updating their latest guidelines to reflect this - see the latest information
  • Have been working on a decision tree to help organisations with all the steps  they need to put in place to make sure they're ready and prepared to go back into the field of activity - download PDF
  • Aware that lots of organisations - Councils, NSOs, RSOs are working on contact tracing software. There is not necessarily one size fits all, but the most important thing is that there are processes in place that captures the necessary information about people in places. 
  • Budget bid to be announced this afternoon 

Sarah Murray, Wellington City Council: 

  • Working hard to prepare facilities for opening under Level 2. Having to adapt to the changing guidelines and requirements – agile as we think about how to make spaces function. 
  • WCC facilities start opening from today. The ASB Sports Centre will be reopening Monday. Staff will be reaching out to everyone with a standing booking as these will not automatically rollover. 
  • Things will look and feel different at Council facilities. Ask that everyone is patient and flexible and that you pass this message on to your players/members. 
  • Things that will look/feel different: 
    • 10 person limit – groups of no more than 10 will be the limit on one field or court – this does include coaches and support staff 
    • Contact tracing - have developed a system for Wellington spaces and places - Rippl App - find out more
    • All facilities/venues will be cashless - ask that you pay using eftpos or the online booking system 

Wellington Regional Update - Thursday 7 May 


The key points of this conversation include:

Rodger Thompson, Sport Wellington: 

  • Community Resilience Fund announced for clubs and regional organisations -Find out more
  • Regional Response Group updates and Living Well overview - See latest actions and updates
  • Alert Level 2 Guidelines come out today. A decision on when we move to Alert Level 2 will be made by cabinet on Monday 11 May. - View the guidelines

Colin Stone, Sport NZ:

  • The Community Resilience Fund is separate from Sport NZ's Budget Bid and Sport Recovery Package put to Government
  • Sport NZ are working on two other funds: 
    - $6m to support partner organisations 
    - $1m to support the system
    As well as a Physical Activity fund to promote play, sport and recreation opportunities. More details on this will be released as soon as they're available. 
  • With the Alert Level 2 Guidelines and parameters, organisations need to ensure they take a measured and safe approach; Take it slowly and carefully, test things, revise and try to get it right. 
  • SNZ are developing national guidelines in support of the season transition conversation that is currently taking place (winter/summer sports).

Joe Hitchcock, Badminton New Zealand:

  • Have developed level guidelines document to support the Badminton Community - view document
  • Also are using a Status Tracker for Badminton Events, Programmes & Facilities - view document
  • Recommends that you date all documents! Information is changing so rapidly, you need to show the date of when a doc was released/when it was relevant.
  • Have been working closely with Squash and Tennis New Zealand as well - view Tennis NZ resources

Mark Curr, Hutt City Council: 

  • Survey conducted by Hutt and Upper Hutt City Councils -see summary of insights
  • Hutt City Council intend to use their platforms to provide marketing and support to promote what's happening and encourage engagement. They will also be focused on supporting clubs in their region. 
  • Emphasized the importance of communication and the personal touch - you can't assume that comms are getting through and that people know info just because you've communicated it through your channels. Check in with people. 

Wellington Regional Update - Thursday 30 April


The key points of this conversation include:

Sport Wellington's System Response Lead Rodger Thompson: 

  • Update on progress of the Regional Response Group;
  • Sport Wellington webinars - find out more

Kelly Curr and Colin Stone, Sport NZ:

Glenn McGovern, Wellington City Council:

  • 2020-2021 Annual plan being deliberated by council today. Includes a recommendation of lower rates increase (4.9% rather than 9%). Consultation will be open from May 9 to June 8 2020;
  • Closing date for Social & Recreation Fund has been extended to May 29. Council are still working on finalising the criteria for this fund. 

Wellington Regional Update - Thursday 23 April


The key points of this conversation include:

  • a summary of the regional sector survey from Sport Wellington - view the Survey results
  • details around the budget bid that has gone to Government from Sport NZ;
  • overview of the Class 4 gaming and funding situation from NZCT;
  • developments surrounding Council rental relief, sport field fees, and submissions to the council's annual plan. 

A summary of Mike Knell's notes can be found on our Funding Updates page. Key points of his message included:

  • NZCT key actions to date
  • Approved Purposes and refunding if necessary
  • Looking forward - July onwards
  • What you can do to support Class 4 so they can continue to support the sector

View the full notes

Wellington Regional Update - Thursday 16 April


The key points of this conversation include:

Sport Wellington's System Response Lead Rodger Thompson: 

  • summary of our Sector Survey insights
  • overview of the Regional Response Group
  • outline of our next steps in supporting the sector. 

Colin Stone, Sport NZ Regional Manager:

  • Sport NZ's Recovery Package;
  • the Active NZ Survey;
  • the future of Class 4 gaming funding;
  • insight into Sport NZ's process and thinking around what different alert levels mean for the sector. 

Glenn McGovern, Wellington City Council:

  • Recovery Plan has been agreed upon by council which includes a rent relief package affecting 160 leases, more details of which will be released in the coming weeks.
  • Council are currently working on drafting their annual plan which will be released on April 30 and out for public consultation for four weeks.


Wellington Regional Update - Thursday April 9



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