Leadership and Governance

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Leadership Framework for sport and recreation in Aotearoa New Zealand

In 2018 the Leadership Framework for sport and recreation in Aotearoa New Zealand was launched. The development of this Framework was co-led by Sport Wellington and Sport NZ, with strategic leadership provided by a Project Governance Group.

More than 1,500 people who work and volunteer in sport, recreation and community organisations contributed their leadership experiences, observations and aspirations to the Framework.  A deliberate and sincere effort was made to reflect Aotearoa New Zealand's bicultural foundation. A Maori Reference Group introduced leadership concepts and language that resonate with Tikanga Maori.

The Framework acknowledges that everybody who works or volunteers in the sector has a leadership responsibility. From local to regional organisations, the framework creates a consistent understanding of effective leadership for everyone, in whatever role or setting they operate in within their organisation.

Sport Wellington is thankful for the significant and ongoing support of the New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) who are contributing to the rollout of the Leadership Framework across the Regional Sports Trust (RST) network.

Self Development

Self-development is all about positive change. Build on your leadership effectiveness by:  

1.  Becoming aware of areas where you may need to change

2.  Applying simple changes to be more effective

The place to start for both of these steps is self-reflection.  Reflection is a critical step in effective leadership but is often overlooked in the busyness of our lives. (Extract from the Leading Self-guide)

Leadership framework resources

A wealth of material including guides, videos, role descriptions, activities, leadership maps, as well as ideas and inspiration to get you thinking, has been developed for the Framework.  Called 'Puna' (meaning the "spring of leadership resources") the resources can be accessed via Sport NZ’s Learning Management System Sport Tutor by clicking on the website link below.

Puna is a free online tool covering Leading Self, Leading Teams, Leading Leaders, Leading an Organisation, and Governing an Organisation.

There are 80,000 paid employees and the 1.2 million volunteers who service the sport and active recreation sector, we encourage everyone working in the sector to take a look and see how it can help you, your staff and your volunteers.


The Sports and Recreation sector’s spring of leadership resources to support leadership development.

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A competent board is essential for any sport and recreation organisations to be successful. Good non-profit governance is all about focusing on the processes for making and implementing decisions that will continue to advance an organisation’s purpose and mission.

The following links provide a number of resources that can help in the development of effective governance practices.