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Newsletter

May 2010

Council Submissions Sport Wellington’s purpose is to provide professional leadership, support and opportunities for the sport and physical activity sector, enabling greater participation and achievement. We are an independent body (Charitable Trust), and as such we advocate for sport and recreation organisations and facilities with each of the 8 territorial authorities in the Wellington Region during their annual planning process. In this respect, Sport Wellington has (or will) submitted to all eight of the councils and we have (or will) speak to at least six councils at their annual plan hearings. Common messages included: •

Continued high demand and need in the Wellington Region for learn to swim facilities

Sport and Recreation provision is a “core service” - Parks and Open Spaces - Pools - Indoor Recreation Facilities - Sports Fields - Sport Advisory Services - Recreation Programmes

Sport Wellington also encourages Sport and Recreation organisations to submit and be heard within their local councils. Wellington Office PO Box 24148, Manners Street, Wellington 6142 phone (04) 380 2070 fax (04) 801 8976 Wairarapa Office PO Box 699, Masterton 5810 phone (06) 370 9157 fax (06) 370 9158 Kapiti Office PO Box 407, Waikanae 5250 phone (04) 296 9022 fax (04) 293 1041 email info@sportwellington.org.nz www.sportwellington.org.nz

secondary school aged children, in particular those new to sport altogether. This project is likely to start in term 3 of this year. Clubs, schools and other organisations providing organised sport are now able to apply for funding to increase participation, opportunities and skill level for school aged children. Sport Wellington is privileged to be managing the KiwiSport Regional Partnership Fund for this region and with it the opportunities for partnerships and innovative initiatives that can start or grow because of it. The first agreement is in place with College Sport Wellington and four sports (Futsal, Table Tennis, Handball, Bowls) that are going to increase participation and opportunities for

Additionally, 5 colleges (Makoura College, Mana College, Taita College, Te Kura-a-iwi o Whakatupuranga rua Mano, Bishop Viard College) have received supplementary funding for their sports co-ordinator to further increase participation at their schools. Sport Wellington is looking forward to many more innovative applications from groups of organisations partnering towards KiwiSport objectives. Paul Cameron CEO

Wellington Town Hall, Thursday 3 June. The Dominion Post Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards provide a forum for recognising excellence and achievements of athletes, coaches, officials, clubs, teams, volunteers and administrators from across the Wellington region. A record number of nominations were received this year with 198 nominations from 30 different sporting codes. The 13 category winners, the Sportsperson of the Year plus three very worthy inductees into the Sport Legends of Wellington will be announced at this prestige gala awards dinner. We are also very pleased to have an interview with our special guest Sir Murray Halberg, celebrating 50 years since his Gold medal win at the Rome Olympics. For more information on the evening, the finalists, or to purchase tickets to join in the celebration of Wellington sports from the previous 12 months visit:

www.wellingtonsportsawards.co.nz


Traditional Maori Games Traditional Maori game’s dating back to the early 1800s, once used to train warriors, has been reintroduced in the Wellington Region. The traditional game of ki-o-rahi, using handwoven flax balls, predates European colonisation and is proving a huge success at schools in Kapiti, Wairarapa and Wellington, where Sport Wellington is reintroducing it to Maori children. Ki-o-rahi is described as a cross

between touch rugby, softball and dodgeball, and it was originally used to train for battle. Its reintroduction was aimed at boosting children’s confidence and improving fundamental skills, including handeye co-ordination. For some kura, it is also about learning to play a game their ancestors played. Picking the local flax, weaving it and using it as a ball also provided a valuable lesson. It shows the children you do not have to go out and buy stuff – all the equipment is on hand and free. The game is gaining traction in other parts of the country, mainly on the East Coast of the North Island, particularly in Gisborne and Northland. Sport Wellington’s Kiwi Sport and

Maori adviser, Peter WoodmanAldridge, hoped ki-o-rahi would become an inter-school sport alongside touch rugby, hockey and soccer.

Pelorus Trust Stadium Sports Festival The Westpac Stadium was buzzing with action during the 2010 Pelorus Trust Stadium Sports Festival. The wind and rain did not deter nor curb the enthusiasm of 600 children, teachers, supporters, sport deliverers and volunteers who converged on the turf and concourse to have a go at the 20 activities on offer. The children from 21 schools from as far as Otaki and Upper Hutt and around the Wellington region participated in 20 different activities delivered by 16 hard working and professional sports deliverers from affiliated clubs or Regional Sports Associations and the Wellington City Council.

The Festival in its seventh year running provided the sports deliverers with a great opportunity to showcase their sport to the children, while at the same time giving them a memorable experience of that particular sport. The event was also made extremely successful by the hard working 10 member team from ASB bank whom closed office to volunteer on the day. Sport Wellington would like to thank Pelorus Trust the main sponsor of the festival, Westpac Stadium, Pak N Save Kilbirnie whom provided lunches for all the volunteers, ASB staff and Alison Lavin of Primary Sport Wellington.

If you no longer wish to receive the Sport Wellington newsletter please contact: email info@sportwellington.org.nz phone (04) 380 2070 fax (04) 801 8976 PO Box 24148, Manners Street, Wellington 6142

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