Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Funding winners and losers as New Zealand sport looks to Tokyo 2020

Funding winners and losers as New Zealand sport looks to Tokyo 2020
December 15, 2016

High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) today announced its $35 million core investment programme for 2017.

The new investement figures represent the first year of two, three and four-year funding agreements with National Sport Organisations that will see almost $250 million invested by HPSNZ into New Zealand’s high performance sporting system over the four-year Tokyo Olympics cycle.

However, while athletics, sailing, canoe racing and slalom and Paralympics New Zealand will benefit from extra funding following their standout efforts in Rio, national swimming and triathlon programmes face some "hard decisions" as they pay the price for another poor Olympic campaign, losing out, along with cycling, in HPSNZ’s allocations

Commenting on the core investment, HPSNZ Chief Executive Alex Baumann advised “at the core of this investment approach is our performance driven philosophy.

“Each of these five strands of investment plays a key role in strengthening New Zealand’s HP system and the unprecedented results in Rio and world championships across the past four years reinforce that we have got the right approach.”

Today’s announcement follows detailed reviews of performance across the Rio cycle, with past performance just one of four contestable investment criteria used by HPSNZ, along with future potential, quality of the individual sports’ high performance programme and campaigns, and aspects of the individual sport context.

As Baumann (pictured below) explained “this is a proven approach that has now provided a balance of funding we are confident will achieve the best possible results in Tokyo and across targeted world championships.”

Today’s announcement saw sailing and athletics both secure significant increases in core funding following outstanding performance in Rio. These are both sports that are seen to have demonstrated strong progress around future talent and performance systems, and have quality high performance people underpinning their programmes towards Tokyo.

The potential of team sports was also recognised, with increases for both women’s rugby 7s and women’s hockey. This investment in the Black Ferns 7s will support their quest for Olympic Gold, while investment in the Blackstick’s women will look to secure an elusive medal in Tokyo after two close 4th placings in London and Rio.

Canoe racing has also received a significant increase to support a new centralised HP programme in Karapiro planned for 2017 onwards. Built around Lisa Carrington’s success, this programme also recognises the potential of the women’s K4, which finished a strong 5th in Rio, and some untapped potential in other disciplines within the sport.

Paralympics New Zealand also continues to build on an outstanding Rio 2016 Paralympics and supports the expansion of the HP athlete development system to build a more sustainable system for current and future Paralympians. A significant increase will support the Para-Athletics programme, which produced some outstanding performances in Rio and made a compelling case on their future potential towards Tokyo and beyond.

Outlining the investment allocations Baumann acknowledged:

“Some sports have delivered quality performance on the world stage and been given slightly increased investment to see how much more they might achieve. A few who have not met either our or their own expectations have had reductions, however we will continue to work closely with them to meet all the HP system goals for the next cycle and beyond.”

Triathlon and swimming are two sports that saw decreased investment following underperformance in Rio, however their future potential has led to an allocation of new investment at a reduced level for two years, with a review in 2018 to evaluate progress. Cycling also receives a reduction, however the track programme has developed some quality depth across the Rio cycle that demonstrates it will feature again as a multi-medal sport in Tokyo 2020.

Women’s football is de-carded as a campaign sport and is reduced after failing to get out of the group stages at the World Cup and Rio Olympics but retains investment over three years to assist with their 2019 FIFA World Cup preparations.

Men’s Rugby 7s received a decrease after a disappointing 5th place in Rio but HPSNZ remains confident in the HP leadership, the new coaching team and a quality player talent pool across the programme going forward.

Today’s programme also acknowledges a number of new Olympic disciplines on the Tokyo programme, including women’s softball and surfing - both of which have accessed seed funding to provide an early opportunity to prepare for Olympic qualification and demonstrate they are medal capable later in the cycle.

With a new white-water facility in Wero, South Auckland and the emerging talent of a number of self-funded campaigns, canoe slalom will now receive an increase to look to build on the outstanding Olympic Silver medal performance of Luuka Jones who has re-committed to Tokyo.

There are also increases for individual campaigns including shooter Natalie Rooney and gymnast Dylan Schmidt, to focus primarily on additional world-class coaching and international competition support.

The non-Olympic sport of Surf Lifesaving, who delivered their third consecutive world championship win, also receive an increase to enhance their preparation for the 2018 World Championships campaign while Rugby League will also receive the previously approved increase to support their preparations and build up towards the 2017 World Cup that will take place in New Zealand next year.

There is also a further commitment to the next generation athletes with more investment in the emerging talent PEGs programme. This will mean a new group of New Zealand athletes across targeted sports will be given an opportunity to accelerate their development towards 2024.

In addition, investment in the evolution of the HP medical model will also provide sport requested improved and enhanced medicine and physiotherapy support to athletes at home and abroad. The model provides for athletes both within their daily training environments in New Zealand and offshore and overseas in the World Cup and World Championship environments on an annual basis.

HPSNZ funding is allocated through:

• Core Investment – direct to sports to support the HP leadership, coaching, international competition, camps, pathway development, equipment and operations of targeted and campaign sports with the greatest probability of winning on the world stage 
• Performance Enhancement Grants (PEGs) – direct to priority athletes, both established and emerging 
• Athlete Performance Support – to deliver integrated performance support from HPSNZ’s world leading specialists to maximise the performance of targeted athletes at international pinnacle events 
• Prime Minister Scholarships – to assist athletes achieve tertiary and vocational qualifications while competing at the highest level, and professional development for coaches, officials and athlete support team 
• Investment in Innovation and Technology (including Goldmine) – to deliver integrated and robust innovation, research and technology to drive increased performance in targeted funded sports. 

Click here to view the HPSNZ 2017 Core Performance document.








Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…

read more

Finance / Fitness / Technology



Aerobic Microphones Australia provides audio products for the fitness industry. Products include the sweat resistant Cyclemic and Aeromic headworn microphones and pouchbelts that are made in…

read more

Fitness / Technology


Altitude Training Systems

Also at 3 Squill Place, Arndell Park NSW 2148 ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology


Fitness On Demand

Fitness On Demand™ is a market-leading developer of virtual group fitness products. Our innovative video delivery systems offer robust content and a simple-to-use, comprehensive web app. Fitness…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness


Perfect Gym

Perfect Gym Solutions is a software as a service (SaaS) solution purpose-built to service the fitness industry, with over 1000 clients servicing over 2 million gym members across 40 countries making…

read more

Access / Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology


SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp)

SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp) is an expert retail and marketing services team specialising in sports, leisure, aquatics, fitness, health, wellness & recreation industry. Using proven…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Fitness / Marketing / Retail


Polin Waterparks

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks



Gladstone Health & Leisure (Gladstone MRM Pty Ltd Australia) is a leading supplier of leisure management and fitness software and is endorsed by leading health and fitness professionals and…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Venues


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business