Latest Announcements

Tuesday 25 January 2022

As announced on Sunday 23 January, New Zealand has moved to the RED setting of the Covid Protection Framework due to the confirmation of the Omicron variant in the community. 

Over this next period, the national priority will be to slow the spread of the highly-infectious variant. More information will come this week regarding the three-phase plan for dealing with Omicron. 

To find out more about what Red means for you, your sport, your members, players and supporters, visit the COVID-19 webpage here. There are also a number of guidance documents for play, active recreation and sport organisations available on Sport NZ’s website. This includes full guidance for each traffic light setting, specific guidance on My Vaccine Pass, and guidance for events under the new framework. Key links below:

Framework table at-a-glance

Red setting – full guidance

Events guidance

Monday 29 October 2021

COVID-19 Protection Framework and Vaccination Certificates

The Government has made a series of recent announcements about the new COVID-19 Protection Framework and the role that COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates (CVCs) will play in this. 

A key part of the new framework is the ability for businesses to operate and events to go ahead – even when COVID-19 is still present in the community - if the events require the use of COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates (CVCs).

There is still ongoing policy work to confirm the details and passing of urgent legislation of this system in the coming weeks. It's aimed that this legislation will be passed and more detailed sector-specific guidance available about how the system will work by the end of November.

Thursday 14 October 2021

'My COVID Record'

From the end of November, everyone in New Zealand will be able to access a scannable QR code as proof of vaccination and COVID-19 test results. Until then, if you need official proof of vaccination, you'll need to request your vaccination records from the Ministry of Health and use the test results you receive directly from the DHB.

Mandatory vaccinations 

The government has outlined mandatory vaccination for the healthcare and education workforce which will have implications for our sector. Sport NZ are currently in the process of liaising with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to understand exactly what this will mean for those of you in the sector where this may have an impact.

Alert Level 2 guidelines updates

The Alert Level 2 guidelines have recently been updated, as of October 8. The most significant change is to gathering limits for community sporting events.

See our Regional Sector Update for more information and view the new guidelines here from Sport NZ.

Friday 17 September 2021

Wellington and the rest of Auckland will remain at Alert Level 2until Tuesday 21 September 11:59pm. Please continue to keep up with following the recommendations to keep every safe.

Recreation Aotearoa has released their new outdoor Alert Level 2 guidelines. This guide is designed for outdoor school camps, outdoor education centres, recreational clubs, schools, commercial adventure operators, and any other relevant users.

Friday 10 September 2021

With the move to 'Delta' Alert Level 2, Sport NZ have updated their guideline for plat, sport and active recreation. Please make use of our physical activity sector network and get in touch if you are seeking support. 

View Sport NZ updated Alert Level 2 guidelines here.

Friday 3 September 2021

Wellington will remain in Alert Level 3 until Tuesday 7 September 11:59pm, so remember to keep to the guidelines that will keep all of us safe.

Alert Level 3 restrictions are much the same as last time, but with a tightening of the rules around outdoor activities where they may expose the participant to danger or may require search and rescue services.

Monday 22 August 2021

All of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11:59pm on Friday 27 August, with a review on Friday. Auckland will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11:59pm on Tuesday 31 August 2021, with a review on Monday.

Find out about what this means for local sport here.

Wednesday 18 August 2021

As of 11:59pm last night all of New Zealand moved into Alert Level 4. This Alert Level and the following restrictions will be in place until Friday 11:59pm for Wellington. Auckland and the Coromandel will remain in Alert Level 4 for four more days. 

General guidelines for life at Alert Level 4 include:

  • People are instructed to stay at home in their bubbles. Some of the things you can leave your house for include:
    • Safe recreational activity in your local neighbourhood
    • Visit the supermarket/pharmacy/doctor
  • If you leave your house you are asked to wear a mask and keep 2m social distancing at all times.
  • Educational facilities are closed
  • Businesses except for essential services and lifeline utilities are closed. Supermarkets, Pharmacies, and clinics remain open
  • Travel is paused

Full guidelines for Alert Level 4 can be found here -

Locations of interest across Auckland and the Coromandel can be found here.

What does this mean for Nuku Ora:

  • Nuku Ora offices are closed. Staff are provided with resources (where possible) to be able to work from home as far as their circumstances allow for.
  • Regional Programme Team programmes and Green Prescription face to face appointments are paused. Virtual or phone client meetings are encouraged where possible or deferred.
  • All meetings with stakeholders are to be held virtually.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and @nukuora Instagram for the latest updates.

Wednesday 23 June 2021

The Wellington region will be at Alert Level 2 from 6:00pm on Wednesday 23 June until 11:59pm on Sunday 27 June. What to do at Alert Level 2.

COVID-19 update - The Dominion Post Sport and Recreation Awards: Wednesday 23 June, 2:00pm

As per the Government’s recent announcement, Wellington will move to Alert Level 2 at 6:00pm on Wednesday 23 June. Due to the Alert level 2 restrictions on less than 100 people for events and gatherings, this means that the Dominion Post Sport and Recreation Awards are unable to go ahead as planned.

Instead of the in-person event, we will be bringing to you a special, virtual edition of the Awards this evening.

We will be sharing more details and contacting attendees directly around refunds for everyone and accessing the Virtual Awards this afternoon. We appreciate your patience as we work through these details and finalise logistics.

We are of course disappointed that we could not deliver the spectacular in-person event we had planned, but we’re doing everything we can to still celebrate and acknowledge tonight’s finalists and winners.

For any urgent enquiries, you can email

Thursday 18 February 2021

Auckland is now at Alert Level 2. The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. Alert Levels will be reviewed again by Cabinet on Monday 22 February.

Face coverings at Alert Level 1

At Alert Level 1, face coverings legally must be worn:

  • on all public transport to, from and through New Zealand — including on long-distance bus and train journeys, as well as ferries
  • on domestic flights throughout New Zealand
  • by taxi and ride-share drivers — while it’s not compulsory for passengers to wear them, we strongly encourage you to.

The requirement to wear face coverings on public transport applies to all of New Zealand at Alert Levels 1 and 2 from 11:59pm 17 February 2021, until further notice. This will be reviewed by Cabinet on Monday 22 February.

Sunday 14 February 2021

As of 11:59pm, Sunday 14 February, Wellington and the rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2 and Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 until 12 midnight, Wednesday 17 February. 

At Alert Level 2, you can leave home, but you should follow public health measures and consider others around you. Continue to practice good hygiene, keep track of where you have been, and stay home if you are unwell - call Healthline or your doctor if you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms.

Physical distancing

  • Keep your distance when outside your home.
  • You should keep a distance of at least:
    •  2 metres in public and in retail stores, like supermarkets.
    •  1 metre in most other places like workplaces, cafes, and gyms.

Face coverings

  • Facemasks are mandatory on public transport and aircraft.
  • It is encouraged to wear face coverings in situations where physical distancing is not possible, like in shops.


  • You can travel locally, but make sure you do it in a safe way.
  • You can travel between regions that are at Alert Level 2 or lower.

Gatherings and events

  • No more than 100 people at social gatherings, including weddings, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga.

Exercise, sport and recreation

Workplaces and businesses

  • Businesses can open, but they legally must follow public health rules. These include physical distancing and record-keeping.

View the latest information about Alert Levels on the COVID-19 website

Monday 21 September 2020

As of 11:59pm this evening, Wellington along with the rest of the country (apart from Auckland) will move down to Alert Level 1. This means:

  • No restrictions on personal movement but people are encouraged to maintain a record of where they have been.
  • No restrictions on gatherings but organisers encouraged to maintain records to enable contact tracing.
  • Stay home if you’re sick, report flu-like symptoms.
  • Wash and dry hands, cough into elbow, do not touch your face.
  • QR codes issued by the NZ Government legally must be displayed in workplaces and on public transport to enable use of the NZ COVID Tracer app for contact tracing.

Under Alert Level 1 the disease is contained in New Zealand, but COVID-19 is uncontrolled overseas and there is isolated household transmission occurring. The main controls under Alert Level 1 are border restrictions and managed isolation or quarantine for people entering the country. 

Find out about COVID-19 immediate updates through our Sport Wellington Facebook

Friday 14 August 2020

Following the Government's announcement this evening, the greater Wellington region will remain at Alert Level 2 for 12 days.

To understand what this means for play, active recreation, and sport, view Alert Level 2 table on the Sport NZ website

As we are asked again to rally together as a country, it’s important we remember the actions that enabled us to respond quickly and effectively in the past. This includes:

  • increased hygiene practices,
  • staying home if you are unwell,
  • practicing social distancing,
  • following the guidelines from the Government and Ministry of Health. 

Detailed information about the latest announcement can be found on the government’s COVID-19 website, along with an overview of the Alert Level System.

At Alert Level 2, gatherings are are limited to 100 people. If you haven’t already done so, it is recommended that you download and use the government contact tracing app. 

While having the government app is not mandatory, for organisations and venues, having a QR code available to visitors is a requirement. The Government has given one week for organisations/venues to ensure these are available.

To make sure contact tracing is accessible to everyone alternative systems are highly advised. This can be in the form of a physical pen and paper sign-in sheet.

Download our Contact Tracing App Guide to see a few of the most commonly used options in the Wellington region. 

Thursday 13 August 2020

To view Alert Level 2 updates for play and active recreation in the Wellington region click here -

If your organisation has an update to add please email -

Wednesday 12 August 2020

At 12pm today Wellington will be entering into Alert Level 2. Last night the Prime Minister announced four cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the community in Auckland. As a result, Auckland moved immediately to Alert Level 3 and the rest of the country will move to Alert Level 2 at 12pm, Wednesday 12 August.

These levels will be in place until midnight Friday 14th August when the Government will reassess.

Find out more, including what this means for Sport Wellington and the physical activity sector in our region

Tuesday 7 July 2020

Grant Robertson announces the first major release of funding from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced at Budget 2020. This first release of funding from the Sport Recovery Package includes:

  • A $68 million fund (Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa) to support community sport
  • A $25.4 million fund for Sport NZ's national partners to strengthen and adapt
  • $10 million for a second Community Resilience Fund to provide further immediate support to a broader range of eligible local and regional organisations.
  • An initial $7.3 million package to improve facilities for New Zealand's upcoming hosting of world cups

Find out more

Wednesday 27 May 2020

On Monday the Government announced that from 12 noon Friday 29 May, gatherings can be held with up to 100 people. The new limit applies to gatherings at your home, events outside of home and public venues – including church services, weddings and, funerals and tangihanga.

Cabinet will again review the settings of Alert Level 2 on 8 June and have agreed that no later than 22 June, 4 weeks from today, they will consider a move to Alert Level 1.

Following this announcement, Sport New Zealand has released the following information: 

Since the announcement of the gathering limit being raised to 100 at 12pm Friday 29 May, two questions are being asked consistently by our partners.

  • Does the 100 include participants, officials, coaches and spectators?
    Yes, the gathering number includes all participants, officials, coaches and spectators. However spectators may be treated separately to the main gathering. So you could have a gathering of the participants and officials and coaches. You could then accommodate spectators separately in a different area and require them to keep 2m physically distanced. Areas for spectators should be clearly marked out to prevent mingling with the gathering or other groups.

  • Do spectators need to be contact traced if outside the activity gathering itself - 2m or more?
    For any planned activity or event where it is expected there will be spectators, organisers should have measures in place to record those spectators for contact tracing purposes. This should be included in their COVID-19 Health and Safety plan and could include online pre-registration, via an app or a contact tracing register on site. Casual passers-by that keep a 2m distance from a gathering do not have to be contact traced. 

Additional relevant reference points to note are:

  • Gatherings are defined as where people come into contact and do not maintain 2m distancing.
  • Where physical distancing can be maintained at all times, the 100 limit does not apply.
    •  For example in a spectator stand where more than 100 spectators can be present with 2m physical distancing in place between spectators. The stand would be physically separate from the activity gathering.
    • In any context where people are in a venue or facility, or park or beach for example, there could be more than 100 but they must maintain physical distancing.
  • If more than 100 people are using a facility or space, physical distancing would have to be maintained including in shared areas such as entries and exits, carparks, toilets and shared spaces.
    • Examples of this could be equestrian events and triathlons
    • Facilities would need to understand how this distancing would be managed e.g. via phasing of activities or through clear marking of zones/regions

In summary:

  • If spectators are within 2m they are part of the 100
  • If they are well side-lined (more than 2m) they can be counted separately, but need to follow physical distancing rules
  • Planned spectators should be contact traced 
  • Groups should be kept sufficiently apart and phased to make sure they don’t come into contact

For any additional questions on Alert Level 2 guidelines please send them to

Tuesday 19 May 2020

On Sunday the Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson announced a $265m investment into the Sport and Recreation sector as part of Budget 2020.  The funding will be spread over four years and seek to achieve three outcomes. A copy of the announcement can be found here.

This is the largest ever investment by Government into the Play, Active Recreation and Sport sector and it reflects the significant impact of COVID-19.

The key points announced in the 2020 Budget for play, active recreation and sport are:

  • Reset and Rebuild ($83m, 30%)
    This investment recognises the ongoing pain and financial uncertainty felt by all organisations in the Play, Active Recreation and Sport sector as a result of COVID-19. 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%)
    Because this is a once in 50-year opportunity, 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.

“This is a great outcome for our sector, the funding will not only help with the short term, but will provide us with a chance to transform the future of Play, Active Recreation and Sport here in Aotearoa New Zealand.” – Peter Miskimmin, CEO Sport NZ

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Tuesday 12 May 2020

Sport NZ can now confirm that the 10 person gathering limit does apply to all community sport, however this limit will be reviewed on 25 May. At this point, subject to New Zealand’s continued containment of COVID-19, the limits may be increased which could enable full training and competition environments to restart.

This means that from 23.59 Wednesday, sports teams can train or play subject to the combined number of players, coaches and/or officials not exceeding 10 and appropriate physical distancing guidelines being observed.

Today Sport NZ clarified some of the detail around the Government's recent announcement and have published a new Alert Level 2 table.

View the latest guidelines for Alert Level

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Wellington City Council is making it easier for people and businesses to get back to work and play under Alert Levels 1 and 2 by using a secure, easy-to-use contact tracing app, called Rippl. Wellington businesses can take up an Wellington City Council offer for a free three-month licence by registering from 9am Wednesday 13 May on the PaperKite website.

Rippl will be used at all Council sites alongside membership (such as the Envibe system used at the pools) and paper-based sign-in systems for people who don’t have smartphones, or prefer not to use apps.

Read more


Saturday 18 April 2020

Sport NZ released today a table providing more guidance on play, active recreation and sport across all Alert Levels 1-4. 

The rules and guidelines around Alert Level Two and Three are still in development, with more detailed information to expand on sporting and recreational categories becoming available early next week.

View the guidelines

Monday 30 March 2020

Today we sent out an update to our stakeholders regarding how Sport Wellington is responding to COVID-19. Like others, Sport Wellington staff are now working from home, we have prepared for this and our resources and functions remain operational. We therefore remain available to support you as we move forward. Sport Wellington have set out our key priorities for this immediate response period.

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Saturday 21 March 2020

Wellington City Council, Porirua City Council, Hutt City Council, Upper Hutt City Council, and Kapiti Coast District Council have announced that most facilities will be closed until further notice. This includes; swimming pools, libraries, community centres, recreation centres, museums, venues, and the City Gallery. Links to view the specific closures in each area are listed below.

For the time being, ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary + Wellington Zoo will remain open, but with limited services and the Zoo is not accepting cash.

For details on specific facility closures in Wellington, see here:…/civil-emergency-news-…/covid-19

For details on specific closures in the Hutt Valley, see here:…/Emergency-management/covid-19/

For details on specific closures in Upper Hutt, see here:

For details on specific closures in Kapiti, see here:

During this time, we encourage you to think about what you CAN still do, rather than focus on what you can't. Going out for a walk or a bike ride can really help your physical and mental wellbeing and you CAN still remain connected with people while observing the social-distancing guidelines.



Thursday 19 March 2020

Like so many others, the sport and physical activity sector has already been significantly challenged by Coronavirus (COVID-19) and this may continue in the weeks and months ahead. Yesterday the six sports of Hockey, Football, Netball, Rugby, Basketball, and Rugby League alongside Sport Wellington and College Sport Wellington met to discuss our regional response and how we can work together to ensure that we come through this period in as strong a position as possible and ensure that we can continue to deliver appropriate activities for our communities.

As details come to hand we will work together to provide updates via our various communication channels. (For Sport Wellington our main communication channels are Facebook, our website, email, and our newsletters. Our secondary channels are Linked in, Instagram, and Twitter).