29 March 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Leadership – one of the most significant opportunities for sport and recreation
This morning, the first ‘Leadership Framework’ orientation was piloted at NZ Rugby House in Wellington with a group of
CEOs, General Managers and board members from the sport and recreation sector.
A total of twenty-two attendees from a wide range of regional and national sporting organisations participated in the
forum which involved an introduction to the new Leadership Framework and the chance to give initial feedback on the
various tools and resources available.
Having recognised ‘leadership’ development as one of the most significant opportunities for sport and recreation
organisations in New Zealand, Sport Wellington has co-led the development of the framework in partnership with Sport NZ
for the past 2 years.
“This is an exciting initiative that has the potential to shape the future of sport and active recreation leaders and
their member organisations all over New Zealand” says Phil Gibbons, Sport Wellington CEO.
“This will ultimately lead to an environment that ensures people have a positive experience when they participate in
sport and active recreation. It is through improved leadership that we will eventually get the right culture inside our
organisations and sector” adds Phil.
The purpose of the framework is to establish a comprehensive, best-practice leadership system that reflects a shared
vision within sport and recreation.
It will focus on embedding the best leadership possible at multiple levels across the broad range of settings that exist
in the sector, whether for paid employees or volunteers.
“The framework is a great opportunity to generate a consistent approach to leadership, both regionally and nationally”
said Chris Fox, Hoe Tonga Waka Ama Board Chair.
Learning and development will be largely self-guided and available to everyone via Sport NZ's online learning tool,
Sport Tutor. There will be opportunities for shared learning and some programmes delivered.
These learning opportunities will give staff and volunteers the necessary leadership skills and resources that can be
applied to sport and recreation as well as other aspects of their lives, i.e. career, community, self.
“The mix of media within the resources is really great, it caters for people who learn in different ways” added George
Jahnke, Total Touch Operations Manager at Touch New Zealand.
Sport Wellington will play a key role in the roll-out of the Leadership Framework, initially as the lead regional
partner but also as a national influencer. The goal is for the work done by Sport Wellington within the Wellington
region to then be shared with other Regional Sports Trusts throughout New Zealand.