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What is KiwiSport?

The KiwiSport Regional Partnership fund is a government funded initiative that helps to get more school-aged children participating in organised sport.  Sport NZ who oversee the KiwiSport fund have enlisted the 17 Regional Sports Trusts, such as Sport Waikato, to manage the fund on their behalf.  The amount of funding allocated to each Sports Trust depends on how many school-aged children are in each region.  Sport Waikato has administrated this fund on behalf of Sport NZ since 2009. 

The current Waikato investment model will conclude in September of 2015 with a new model required to be submitted for approval to Sport NZ.  A community consultation will be undertaken to help to identify priorities for any future KiwiSport funding.  For more information regarding the consultation process and how to contribute please click on the Consultation tab.  

KiwiSport objectives are:

  • More Kids - increasing the number of school-age children participating in organised sport; during school, after school and by strengthening links with sports clubs;
  • More Opportunities - increasing the availability and accessibility of sport opportunities for all school-aged children to participate in organised sport;
  • Better Skills - to support children in developing skills that will enable them to participate effectively in organised sport.

2012-15 KiwiSport Waikato Investment Categories

Based on the extensive consultation with the community, Sport Waikato has established two contestable categories for the distribution of the Regional Partnership Fund; the Major Project Fund, and a smaller project fund called the Kick Start Fund.  Two non-contestable categories have also be established that include a Secondary School Fund and Community Initiative fund.  Please see below for more information regarding each investment category.

Major Project Fund

Partnerships have been established between Regional and national sporting organisations and Sport Waikato through the KiwiSport Major Project Fund.  Current partners include, Waikato Badminton, Bowls Waikato, Cycling New Zealand, Northern Districts Cricket, Waikato Golf, Gymsports New Zealand, WaiBop Football, Waikato Hockey, Netball Waikato Bay of Plenty, Upper central Zone Rugby League, Waikato Rugby Union, Swimming Waikato and Waikato Volleyball.  Each organisation employees a KiwiSport officer who is dedicated to delivering sporting skills and events to school aged students (5-18 years of age) across the greater Waikato Region.

Kick Start Fund

This fund is targeted at smaller initiatives (up to $5,000) and welcomes applications from Schools, Community groups, Clubs and Regional Sporting organisations.  The contestable Kick Start Fund will be distributed to support projects/initiatives that can provide new or increased opportunities of organised sport for children aged 5-18yrs.  It is designed to achieve the priorities and outcomes of KiwiSport as well as the community priorities identified during the 2012 consultation. Applications are open twice a year with funds being distributed between 9 key districts please see the Kick Start tab for more information and to find an application form.

Secondary School Fund

Continued support for Waikato Secondary Schools where the MOE Direct Fund calculation has affected a school’s ability to employee their Sport Coordinator.  Applications are still required to be submitted with a target focus of increasing participation.

Community Initiatives Fund

This is a Non contestable investment to build and strengthen linkages/partnerships between schools and community sports clubs in targeted communities.  This fund also provided opportunities for secondary School Students to be upskilled as leaders to help with the delivery of sport in their community.

KiwiSport Regional Partnership Fund Investment Principles

In managing the RPF Fund, Sport Waikato is expected to invest in projects which;

  • Provide increased opportunities for school-aged children to participate in organised sport;
  • Leverage additional contributions from community organisations;
  • Build and strengthen linkages between schools and community sports clubs; and
  • Take the wishes of the community into account.