Regional Recovery Group

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Living Well Overview | Regional Recovery Group MembersProgress to date 

This Sport Wellington-chaired group was initially established to drive collaboration across Wellington’s physical activity system in order to support a connected and joined-up response to COVID-19.

During Lockdown the group identified 10 pieces of work to collaborate on; with each piece of work having a designated co-ordinator and sub-group.

A review in July saw the group renamed to the Regional ‘Recovery’ Group and 9 new priority pieces of work identified. The purpose of the Regional Recovery Group is to collaborate regionally to deliver Living Well, our regional physical activity strategy. 

The 9 new pieces of work and the Living Well Outcome they each contribute to are listed below. 

Please note the scope and timelines for these projects are subject to change based on COVID-19 developments and Alert Levels in the greater region and across the country. We will update this page accordingly and share this through our regular communication channels including our Regional Sector Update newsletter. 

Identified piece of work  Purpose  Progress update Fit with Living Well outcome

Expand Wellbeing Hub and enable behavioural change

To maintain and build on the Wellbeing Hub as a regional resource owned by all group members as regional leaders; with multiple group members contributing resource and time to continuously evolve and improve the value of the content available to influence greater physical activity and health behaviours.

SW Project Lead: Kate McCartney

  • Principles developed, looking into questionnaire/insight/data gathering methods, communication plan and community engagement plan to be drafted.
  • Project plan aimed to be completed by December.

Supporting organisations: Regional Public Health, Upper Hutt City Council, Hutt Valley DHB

Informed Communities

Develop insight statements to inform planning and programmes

To develop insight statements for targeted communities across the Greater Wellington region for all regional stakeholders to use when developing and delivering their plans and programmes to get communities more physically active.

SW Project Lead: Leoni McKelvey

  • Insights project group has been inaugurated and meeting every 3 weeks.
  • Scope for insights statements has been discussed, drafted and available for feedback
  • First draft insights statements for feedback end of Nov

Supporting organisations: Masterton Council, Kapiti Coast District Council, Wellington City Council

Informed Communities

Promote and advocate to stakeholders and communities

To consolidate our messaging to stakeholders, funders, and communities regarding the importance, value, and impact of physical activity; includes joint advocacy and promotional campaigns.

SW Project Lead: Meaghan Wilby

  • Collective Key Messages to be finalised by group and then disseminated across all organisations in the Regional Recovery Group.
  • Planning is underway for 1-2 joint promotional campaigns. 

Supporting organisations: Regional Public Health, Masterton District Council, Porirua City Council, Hutt Valley DHB

Informed Communities
Bring Regional Spaces and Places Plan to life

To implement the Greater Wellington Region’s Regional Spaces and Places Plan. The first two areas of work will be:

  • Establish a Spaces and Places regional steering group
  • Implement a regional approach to facility decision-making

SW Project Lead: Nicky Sherriff 

We are in survey design mode so we can begin to seek the following information from RSOs:

  • Current facility use
  • Future facility needs
  • Evidence that supports decisions re future facility need
  • Current issues associated with facility access and use
  • Opportunities for change relating to facility access and use

Supporting organisations: Upper Hutt City Council, Hutt City Council, Wellington City Council, Carterton Council, Wellington Cricket

Connected Network of Spaces and Places

Explore adapting competitive sport delivery

To identify how competitive sports could be adapted in line with the Balance is Better philosophy and to better meet with wants and needs of participants; includes developing a consistent framework for programme execution.

SW Project Lead: Ella Pudney 

  • Outcomes and scope have been drafted – awaiting on contractor to begin work and connect the group.

Supporting organisations: Sport NZ, Hutt City Council, Wellington City Council

Active People
Understand tactics for successfully impacting the physical activity behaviours of low participation groups

To identify, share, and pilot effective programmes and initiatives which support sustainable physical activity behaviour change in targeted groups and communities of interest who experience barriers to participation.

SW Project Lead: Adam Gosney

  • Meeting being held with Sport NZ to establish how we can leverage their knowledge in this area to accelerate this work.

Supporting organisations: Regional Public Health, Upper Hutt City Council, Wellington Cricket, Hutt Valley DHB, Wellington City Council, Hutt City Council

Active People

Establish a Regional Funders Forum

To establish a forum of major regional funders to share funding priorities; including strategically aligning and complementing each other’s work where appropriate.

SW Project Lead: Kirsten Kilminister 

  • Meeting held
  • Actions discussed
  • Discussed finding a project that will initially bring everyone together (common purpose) to collaborate on and possibly use as a pilot.
  • Talk to Tony Giles, Mike Knell, Sarah Dunning to get their thoughts.  

Supporting organisations: Upper Hutt City Council, Wellington City Council, Wellington Cricket, Sport NZ, College Sport Wellington

An Enabling Environment

Explore Central Support model options to improve regional system efficiencies and effectiveness

To understand shared services model options that would result in Greater Wellington region system efficiencies, improve sustainability, and create a more effective regional system for impacting the physical activity of Wellingtonians.

SW Project Lead: Kenji Sawada

  • External project working group is meeting 13 Nov to discuss what survey has told us about customer demand and next steps in exploring structural model options for Central Support Platform.

Supporting organisations: Sport NZ, Y Central, Wellington City Council

An Enabling Environment

Influence recruitment and development of regional and local workforce

To develop a responsive and fit-for-purpose workforce to support our communities to be physically active.

SW Project Lead: Kenji Sawada

  • Living Well Regional Workforce Development Plan has been created.
  • Implementation of the plan is being planned at present.

Supporting organisations: Sport NZ

An Enabling Environment

Progress updated: 11/11/2020.

The Regional Recovery Group will meet monthly between now and December. As part of our commitment to transparency and open communication, we will provide relevant progress updates associated to each piece of work. 

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Living Well - our region’s physical activity strategy

Living Well is the outcome we want for people in the region where ‘Living Well’ means...

  • improving physical and mental wellbeing;
  • personal development and achievement;
  • and social and community cohesion and development;

...through regular physical activity – play, active recreation (including active transport), and sport. It provides a framework for coordinating action to develop our regional physical activity system to improve the health and wellbeing of people across our region.

The purpose of the Living Well Strategy is to achieve greater collective impact on our communities’ physical, mental and social wellbeing through working more collaboratively on play, active recreation (including active transport) and sport.

The strategy identifies four key objectives and is based on the World Health Organisation’s Global action plan on physical activity 2018–2030: more active people for a healthier world. 


Promote the benefits of being physically activity

Optimise available spaces and places

Provide accessible opportunities for people to be physically active

Work better together

Explanation Our communities are well informed about the value and benefits of physical activity and use this information to choose to be physically active.  

We have the right community infrastructure to meet demand that is accessible to all, and supports a range of physical activities, and provides a connected network of facility types, including walkways and cycleways, open space, nature space.

There are appropriate physical activity programmes, pportunities, and events available for everyone in a variety of settings to support participation across our region (including high-quality play and PE programmes and experiences in schools).

Improved collaboration within and across sectors in areas where we can have greater collective impact on the physical activity levels of our communities including:

  • leadership and workforce development
  • investment and policy support
  • advocacy


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Regional Recovery Group Members

The Regional Recovery Group is made up of representatives from the following organisations. 

Member  Website

Capital and Coast District Health Board
Hutt Valley District Health Board
Wairarapa District Health Board
Healthy Families Hutt Valley
Regional Public Health
Wellington City Council
Porirua City Council
Hutt City Council
Upper Hutt City Council
Kapiti Coast District Council
South Wairarapa District Council
Carterton District Council
Masterton District Council
Netball Central Zone
Cricket Wellington
Wellington Rugby Football Union
Y Central
Wellington Community Trust
Sport New Zealand

For general inquiries, please email us at

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Progress to date

In March 2020, the COVID-19 Regional Response Group (RRG) was established, with the purpose being to collaborate in supporting our region responding to the impacts of COVID-19.

The group has collaborated 10 pieces of work to date and made great progress in helping our region respond to the impacts of COVID-19. This work and the outputs are listed and linked below. 

Initial Regional Response Group pieces of work



Fit with Living Well outcome

Guidelines for physical activity at different alert levels

Collaborate in establishing a central reference point on the Sport Wellington COVID-19 webpage for stakeholders to access the latest information relating to physical activity parameters for play, active recreation and sport across the alert levels. 

View guidelines


Contact tracing software options

Sharing updates to leverage where possible

Download guide


End-to-end health and safety planning for delivering sport and recreation

Sharing examples to leverage.

Signage – Consistency and bulk supply opportunities.

See Resources & Templates


Working with Councils and RSOs on sports field allocations and management of winter and summer season demand. 

An opportunity to influence joined-up thinking on sports field allocation for winter and summer sports across the region.  

View Sport NZ Season Transition Guidelines

See Local sport & rec info


Policy and funding alignment e.g. working with Councils and other funders on economic relief packages to support the physical activity system.  

An opportunity to collaborate in creating a single view of ‘live funding opportunities’’ for our stakeholders, which we can update and communicate weekly. 

 Go to Funding


Central online repository promoting opportunities and ideas for physical activity (play, active recreation, sport). 


An opportunity for the Sport Wellington COVID-19 webpage to be used as a hub of relevant, trusted information for the sector and community to guide physical activity opportunities. 

Go to Wellbeing Hub


Insights gathering to inform our responses and enable collaboration. 

Collaborate to share insights as they come in across the group. Avoid duplication. Build single view of impact across the region to help inform decision making. 

 View Surveys & Insights


Adapting how play, active recreation, and sport opportunities are provided against the alert levels. 

An opportunity to collaborate in identifying how competitive sports could be adapted and delivered to meet the alert level parameters.   

Ongoing and included in new work plan


Regular and consistent messaging via a variety of channels – advocacy. 

Collaborate in consolidating our messaging to stakeholders, funders, etc, regarding the importance, value and impact of physical activity. 

Ongoing and included in new work plan


NZ Transport Agency Fund opportunity  

An opportunity to collaborate on the Innovating Streets for People pilot fund being run by NZTA (8 May and 3 July funding rounds with $7M available). 

Waiting on announcements


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