Regional Recovery Group

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Last updated October 2020

Living Well Overview | Regional Recovery Group MembersOriginal workplan overview 

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 the March 2020 COVID-19 lockdown.

During the March 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 2020 saw the group renamed to the Regional ‘Recovery’ Group and 9 new priority pieces of work identified. The purpose of the Regional Recovery Group was to collaborate regionally to deliver Living Well, our regional physical activity strategy. 

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

Identified piece of work  Purpose  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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

An Enabling Environment

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 was 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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Original workplan overview

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 collaborated across 10 pieces of work 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.   

Included in refreshed 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. 

Included in refreshed 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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