Who do we work with and what do they do?
We collaborate with a lot of great programmes to help schools get the most of what is on offer in the Waikato.
Energize has taken a collaborative approach from the outset and has worked to involve and partner with organisations with specific expertise to enhance the project. This was recognised in 2009 by the Sport and Recreation New Zealand Project Collaboration Award.
The Project Governance Group and Evaluation Reference Group have been successful elements of the project, as has the involvement of Maori and Pacific providers and those with community development, research, nutrition, sports science and clinical skills and experience.
The Project Governance Group (PGG)
Prior to lodging a proposal with the Waikato District Health Board a partnership agreement was reached with three Maori and one Pacific provider and included the formation of a Project Governance Group. Other members of the Project Governance Group were Wintec, Sport and Recreation New Zealand (now SportNZ), The University of Waikato and Environment Waikato. The group’s support and input proved invaluable in identifying, discussing and resolving any logistical, cultural and ethical issues faced when delivering the project in diverse communities.
The Evaluation Reference Group (ERG)
This group was formed in August 2007 to support the application to the Healthy Eating Healthy Action Evaluation Fund. The members of the reference group met regularly throughout the planning for the Energize Extended Evaluation. Organisations represented in the ERG:
Auckland University of Technology; Community Paediatrics, Waikato District Health Board; Waikato University; Healthy Eating Healthy Action; Wintec; Te Kohao Health; Nga Miro Health; Te Korowai Hauora O Hauraki; South Waikato Pacific Island Community Services.
Project Partners - Delivery
Te Kohao Health, Nga Miro Health, Te Korowai Hauora O Hauraki and South Waikato Pacific Island Community Services are the project’s subcontracted partners and employ their own Energizer/s. These Energizers work under the umbrella of Energize but are mentored and guided from within their own organisations.
The skills, expertise, knowledge and community links of the Maori and Pacific partners and their involvement in all aspects of planning the implementation of the project have been critical and contributed to the success of the project.
Project Partners – Other
Sport New Zealand (formerly SPARC) - agreed to make available a daily exercise manual resource called KiwiDex, and a fundamental skills book for teachers. From 2008 Sport and Recreation New Zealand provided funding for two Energize positions.
Auckland University of Technology (AUT) - Professor Elaine Rush was a principal investigator and has continued to be actively involved with Energize, now as academic leader. She advised on the physical measurements and has been coauthor of a number of publications arising from Energize and has supervised a number of AUT students involved in the project.
Wintec - Wintec was represented on both the PGG and the ERG. Other involvement includes staff were actively involved in the research activities; chefs were provided to assist with parent cooking sessions; a dietitian provided a nutrition training course; in 2005 and 2006 Wintec designed, managed and hosted the original Project Energize website.
Energize links schools to nutrition and physical activity programmes, initiatives, resources and organisations with a sport, exercise, healthy eating or healthy lifestyles focus. Acting as a ‘one-stop-shop’ Energize is able to reduce pressure on schools, avoid duplication of services and multiple contacts with schools.
Work with 17 Regional Sporting Organisations (RSOs) and provide information to schools about their services, events and training opportunities and access to Sports Force officers where the sports have them
Work with 13 KiwiSport officers who provide sporting opportunities for children that are child centered local and free.
Link with organisations such as Land Transport Safety Authority, Life Education Trust, Travel Planners and work with them on timing and coordinated approaches
Link with Waikato Institute for Leisure and Sports Studies to deliver Looking to Lead (L2L) and provide L2L follow up modules;
Research sports equipment and school food supplies and provide information to schools
Facilitate or coordinate training for children as referees, timekeepers for tournaments such as Rippa Rugby
Maintain relationship with National Heart Foundation (NHF) through a Memorandum of Agreement
Support schools with the NHF Healthy Heart Award process and Jump Rope for Heart programme.
Ongoing training of Energizers as; Swim start tutors, Run Jump Throw tutors, Jump Jam facilitators, Jump Rope for Heart facilitators,
Support schools with Jump Jam teacher development and training student leaders
Signpost schools to other organisations e.g. Enviroschools, School travel planners, smoking cessation services
A number of the following programmes or initiatives are no longer in operation however during their time, Energize became a conduit to advertise and promote their services to participating primary schools.
Sport and Recreation New Zealand ‘Active Schools’- information and workshops
Ministry of Education - School Support Services course promotion (Health and Physical Education)
Health Promoting Schools (HPS) - information and process
Fruit in Schools (51 schools) - Sport Waikato won the contract to provide on-going support in the form of professional development to the decile 1 and 2 schools receiving fruit.