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Appendix: Functions under the Sport and Recreation New Zealand Act 2002

Sport and Recreation New Zealand: Improving how it measures its performance.

The purpose of the Sport and Recreation New Zealand Act 2002 is to promote, encourage, and support physical recreation and sport in New Zealand. SPARC’s functions are to:

  1. develop and implement national policies and strategies for physical recreation and sport;
  2. allocate funds to organisations and regional bodies in line with its policies and strategies;
  3. promote and advocate the importance of participation in physical activity by all New Zealanders for their health and well-being;
  4. promote and disseminate research relevant to physical recreation and sport;
  5. provide advice to the Minister [for Sport and Recreation] on issues relating to physical recreation and sport;
  6. promote and support the development and implementation of physical recreation and sport in a way that is culturally appropriate to Māori;
  7. encourage participation in physical recreation and sport by Pacific peoples, women, older New Zealanders, and people with disabilities;
  8. recognise the role of physical recreation and sport in the rehabilitation of people with disabilities;
  9. facilitate the resolution of disputes between persons or organisations involved in physical recreation and sport;
  10. work with schools, regional, central, and local government, and physical recreation and sports organisations to ensure the maintenance and development of the physical and organisational infrastructure for physical recreation and sport;
  11. work with health, education, and other agencies to promote greater participation in physical recreation and sport through policy development, advocacy, and support, in line with the objectives of the New Zealand health strategy;
  12. provide advice and support for organisations working in physical recreation and sport at national, regional, and local levels;
  13. facilitate co-ordination between national, regional, and local physical recreation and sport organisations; and
  14. represent the Government’s policy interests in physical recreation and sport internationally.
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Sport and Recreation New Zealand: Improving how it measures its performance

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