Sport / Leisure

Channel Northland supports SPORT NORTHLAND, one of 14 regional Sports Trusts throughout New Zealand. We endorse their vision: ‘all Northlanders leading better lives through involvement in play, active recreation and sport.’

Sport Northland serves our ‘team of 200,000’, that includes a region with three district councils, one regional council, 34 secondary schools, 132 primary schools, 46 regional sports organisations and over 600 sport and recreation clubs.

Sport Northland’s core purpose is ‘enriching lives through play, active recreation and sport’ to achieve Sport NZ’s outcomes, so Sport Northland endeavours to encourage people into play, active recreation and sport through all its areas of operation.

Sport Northland’s Events Team has a diverse calendar of events catering for thousands of participants annually. The Run/Walk Series of seven events attracts 8000 people annually, with the ASB Kerikeri Half Marathon the flagship event of the series. They support the Tour of Northland Cycle Challenge and the Northland Home Show are delivered by external agencies.

The Active Communities team is the largest within Sport Northland. Sub-teams : Healthy Lifestyles (Green Prescription, Strength & Balance and Active Workplaces), Systems (both local and regional), Watersafe (delivery into primary schools), Secondary Schools (events and development), He Oranga Poutama (Maori participation and leadership), Energize (Primary school support for developing increased PA and healthy eating) and Coaching (development).

Sport Northland owns and operates Kensington Fitness and McKay Stadium and also owns the Whangarei Aquatic Centre, the Bay of Islands Recreation Centre and the Kauri Coast Community Pool.  Over 600,000 visits occur annually to these facilities.

Sport Northland also owns and operates the Northland Sports House in Kensington, Whangārei. This facility is the home of sports administration in Northland, housing not only Sport Northland’s main office, but also many of Northland’s regional sporting organizations.

The Sport Northland team comprises over 80 staff (45 fulltime and 35 part-time), a 10 strong Board of Trustees and 80 sponsors and partners of varying levels.

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