iEDM integrate Design, Engineering and Delivery Management services to convert existing spaces into exciting new entertainment venues. Our team consists of highly qualified professionals with diverse…read more
Industry groups back additional $120 million for sport and recreation in Auckland
Auckland Council’s commitment of an additional $120 million to sport and recreation in its 10-year budget has been welcomed by Aktive - Auckland Sport and Recreation as being a step in the right direction for the one million Aucklanders, adult and children, who are active each week.
The additional Auckland Council investment comprises a $120 million Sport and Recreation Facilities Investment Fund which Aktive says goes some way to address the capital shortfall for sport and recreation of at least $500 million over the next 10 years.
In addition, the benefits of sport and recreation are now recognised in the Auckland Plan 2050 with a new focus area to promote participation in arts, culture, sports and recreation as a major contributor to quality of life, particularly general health and wellbeing.
Aktive Chief Executive Dr Sarah Sandley says the sport and recreation sector worked collaboratively to take its messages to Council and is grateful but cautious about the investment, which it hopes will attract additional funding.
Dr Sandley sated “we are pleased with the acknowledgement and investment, which will help to support the incredible impact and value of sport and recreation on our communities; however, we are mindful that it will only go some way to address the current and forecast shortfall in sport and recreation spaces and facilities in a growing, increasingly diverse Tāmaki Makaurau.
"Auckland Council is the major provider of our city’s sport and recreation facilities, which we value, and we acknowledge the challenge of balancing the various issues impacting Auckland, as well as capital constraints. As a sector, we will continue to work together to attract additional investment which will help realise the significant physical and mental health and wellbeing, social, economic and educational benefits that sport, recreation and physical activity provides for Auckland and Aucklanders."
Aktive research shows the sport and recreation sector contributes at least $1.9 billion to the Auckland economy per annum, provides more than 25,000 jobs for Aucklanders with more than 300,000 volunteers giving 22 million hours of their time free.
In addition, Sport New Zealand’s recently released Value of Sport research notes 92% of participants agree that being active keeps people physically fit and healthy. It also indicates a positive association between children’s physical activity participation and academic achievement.
Dr Sandley adds “the sport and recreation sector is committed to working together to ensure every Council dollar and additional financial support is invested wisely for maximum return in benefits to the community. Aucklanders love to be active so ongoing investment and support for sport and recreation is vital."
The New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) has also welcomed aspects Auckland Council’s budget, with Chief Executive Andrew Leslie stating “there are some welcome initiatives for the recreation industry and Aucklanders.
“Consultation on the draft budget revealed a significant shortfall in recreational infrastructure spending, which was not unexpected given the population growth Auckland has faced. So, we are pleased to see the establishment of a $120 million contestable fund for sports and recreation facilities.
“The Transport Investment makes specific reference to cycleways and walkways. Investment in Active Transport achieves the dual symbiotic benefit of easing traffic congestion and making it easier for residents to integrate healthy recreational activities into their day-to-day lives,” he said.
“We also welcome the introduction of the natural environment targeted rate. Kauri Dieback and closures on the Waitakere and Hunua Ranges have had a devastating impact on recreational opportunities. We hope that a healthy proportion of the $311 million raised by the targeted rate will be put towards dealing with the displacement of recreational users.
“The $452 million clean up of waterways and beaches will hopefully reduce the instances of beach closures. Swimming is the 2nd most popular form of Active Recreation among New Zealand Adults. Reliable access to swimming beaches is a big part of Kiwi culture.”
Images: Athletics Auckland (top), Dr Sarah Sandley (middle) and Andrew Leslie (below).
20th April 2018 - AUCKLAND COUNCIL POOLS REPORT SIGNIFICANT RISE IN ‘CODE BROWN’ INCIDENTS
13th April 2018 - SPORT AND RECREATION AT RISK UNDER AUCKLAND PLAN
19th March 2018 - STUDY SHOWS NEW ZEALANDERS APPRECIATE THE VALUE OF SPORT
17th February 2018 - AUCKLAND TAKES A LEAD IN ACTIVE CITIZENS WORLDWIDE INITIATIVE
22nd November 2017 - RESEARCH SHOWS AEROBIC EXERCISE HELPS MAINTAIN BRAIN HEALTH
15th November 2017 - NZRA NAMES MOUNT ALBERT AQUATIC CENTRE AS NEW ZEALAND’S OUTSTANDING POOL OF 2017
8th November 2017 - AUCKLAND SPORTS SECTOR FORUM CALLS FOR COLLECTIVE ADVOCACY
1st May 2017 - CURTAIN FALLS ON ‘BEST GAMES EVER’
10th January 2017 - AUCKLAND COUNCIL LOOKS FOR PARTNER TO DEVELOP WARKWORTH SWIMMING POOL
29th September 2016 - AUCKLAND COUNCIL DEVELOPING NEW ZEALAND’S FIRST HYBRID SPORTS FIELD
29th July 2016 - SUGARY DRINKS DROPPED FROM AUCKLAND COUNCIL LEISURE CENTRES
10th May 2016 - AUCKLAND POOLS AND LEISURE INTRODUCES 30 MINUTE FITNESS PROGRAM
6th August 2014 - AUCKLAND SPORT PLAN TARGETS INFRASTRUCTURE
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 www.ausleisure.com.au 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.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
TJS Services is a leading national facility services provider. We deliver quality cleaning, maintenance, construction and facility management services to over 1,500 sites Australia wide. Our…read more
The Fitness Generation is now part of NovoFit - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/novofit/read more
SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…read more
Quayclean are a national cleaning and waste services partner with proven results in the understanding and delivery of cleaning needs and challenges faced by facilities including; major venues and…read more
Tim Batt Water Solutions are at the very forefront of the commercial aquatic business in Australia, with over 30 years specific experience supplying and installing chemical control and dosing…read more
JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…read more
Augmented Creative is an open organization of like-minded and highly dedicated, creative people who conceive, plan and execute visual solutions. We pursue new and innovative visual ideas to help…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!