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  • $44,000 to help support school teens play sport

    Jonathan Coleman | Sport and Recreation

    Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has awarded a number of grants to enable high school students around the country to play sport. “Participating in sport is a key part of a Kiwi upbringing. It helps keep our teenagers active, making them healthier and happier, and teaches them valuable life skills,” says Dr Coleman. “However, some teenagers and their families need a hand meeting the costs associated with sport, such as gear, uniforms and membership fees. ...

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  • Top winter sports competition opens in NZ

    Simon Bridges | Economic Development

    Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman welcome the fifth Audi quattro Winter Games New Zealand, which officially opens tonight at Coronet Peak. “Hosting the Winter Games in New Zealand is a great opportunity to showcase our country in terms of both winter tourism and international snow sports competitions,” says Mr Bridges. “The last Winter Games in New Zealand in 2015 attracted around 2,000 international visitors including athletes, coaches, media and spectators.  ...

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  • $500,000 to support Winter Olympian hopefuls

    Jonathan Coleman | Sport and Recreation

    Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced $500,000 to enhance Snow Sports New Zealand’s high performance training facilities. “With the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games just around the corner, it’s important that our athletes have a state-of-the-art facility to give them the best chance of selection and medal success,” says Dr Coleman. The $500,000 from Sport New Zealand will go towards the facilities at Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka for snowboarding and skiing. ...

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  • $4.25m for PM’s sport scholarships recipients

    Jonathan Coleman | Sport and Recreation

    Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has congratulated the recipients of this year’s Prime Minister’s Sport Scholarships. “The Prime Minister’s Scholarships provide financial assistance to outstanding athletes, coaches, officials and support team members as they juggle the demands of sports and study,” says Dr Coleman. ...

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  • World Masters Games brings in $63 million

    Simon Bridges | Economic Development

    Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman welcome new data that shows that the World Masters Games was a major success. “New Zealand is gaining a reputation for hosting world class events and hosting major events provides a welcome boost for our economy,” says Mr Bridges. ...

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  • 100 days to Rugby League World Cup 2017

    Jonathan Coleman | Sport and Recreation

    Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman says the next major event on New Zealand’s sporting calendar is the Rugby League World Cup 2017. “Today marks 100 days to go until the kick off the Rugby League World Cup New Zealand’s set to co-host in late October,” says Dr Coleman. “Preparations are well underway for the tournament which will see seven of the 28 games played in Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, and Christchurch. ...

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  • Ministers applaud successful Lions Series

    Simon Bridges | Arts, Culture and Heritage

    Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges, Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry have applauded the successful DHL New Zealand Lions Series after the final test last night at Eden Park. “Last night’s dramatic stalemate capped off a hugely successful ten-match tour that has taken the British and Irish Lions the length of New Zealand and had a significant impact on our economy,” says Mr Bridges. ...

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  • Sports board appointees step up to the plate

    Jonathan Coleman | Sport and Recreation

    Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has today announced a suite of new appointments to a range of sports boards. “I believe that strong leadership which sets a clear strategic direction is important for our sport boards in New Zealand. To achieve this a diverse range of people, skills and backgrounds are needed,” says Dr Coleman. “Joining the Sport New Zealand board are experienced sport administrator Hilary Poole and former New Zealand Hockey captain Kylie Clegg. ...

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  • Govt to invest $5m in Team New Zealand

    Simon Bridges | Economic Development

    The Government will invest $5 million in Emirates Team New Zealand to ensure it can retain key staff while planning is underway for the next America’s Cup regatta, Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Sports and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman announced today. “Emirates Team New Zealand displayed incredible talent and innovation during the 35th America’s Cup campaign,” says Mr Bridges. ...

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  • Sport and rec volunteers answer the call

    Jonathan Coleman | Sport and Recreation

    Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman says our nation’s sporting volunteers are stepping up to the plate and it is important to recognise their efforts during National Volunteer Week, which runs from 18-24 June. “Nearly a quarter of New Zealanders have given their time to support sport and recreation with almost one million kiwis volunteering in the past year,” says Dr Coleman. “Volunteers are often the first people in and the last ones out, and National Volunteer Week highlights the significant contribution that they make. ...

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  • New report highlights importance of how we eat

    Jonathan Coleman | Health

    Health Minister and Sport & Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the release of ‘How We Eat’, a report that assesses evidence on eating behaviours and their influence on diet and body size. “We all know a healthy diet is important, but this report also highlights how peoples’ eating behaviours also make a significant difference,” says Dr Coleman. ...

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  • Ministers welcome Lions Series kick-off

    Simon Bridges | Arts, Culture and Heritage

    Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges, Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry welcome the kick-off of the DHL NZ Lions Series 2017. The New Zealand Lions Series 2017 will take place from 3 June to 8 July 2017, and will see the British & Irish Lions rugby team play ten matches against New Zealand in seven host cities, including three test matches. The series starts tomorrow night when the Lions take on the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians at Whangarei’s Toll Stadium. ...

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  • Supporting families to raise healthy kids

    Jonathan Coleman | Health

    Health Minister and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has released the ‘Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well: Active play guidelines for under-fives’. “Regular active play and good quality sleep are important to every child’s health and development, but are particularly important for our young children,” says Dr Coleman. “These are the first activity guidelines that support families to raise healthy under-fives by providing comprehensive advice on physical activity, active play, sleep and screen time for under-fives. ...

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  • Congrats to Sport and Recreation Awards finalists

    Jonathan Coleman | Sport and Recreation

    Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has acknowledged the finalists at the tenth anniversary of the Sport and Recreation Awards. “These annual awards, hosted by Sport NZ, celebrate the contribution and dedication of individuals, clubs, regional and national organisations to enriching New Zealanders’ lives,” says Dr Coleman. “The strength and diversity of entries this year is impressive, and it shows the high-quality work being done to maintain the strength of our sport and recreation sector and keep Kiwis active. ...

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  • Minister supports stronger anti-doping regulation at world forum

    Jonathan Coleman | Sport and Recreation

    “The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has an important role in setting the rules and ensuring they are followed around the world,” says Dr Coleman. “We need to bolster WADA’s ability to operate as an effective regulator on the world stage, by ensuring it has the appropriate level of oversight to carry out its mandate, and more tools to deal with non-compliant organisations. “WADA needs stronger support from stakeholders, including governments and the Sport Movement, to level the playing field. ...

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  • Coleman to attend WHO and WADA meetings

    Jonathan Coleman | Health

    Health Minister and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman is to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) meeting. “I will be leaving tomorrow for the 70th WHA in Geneva, Switzerland, where I will vote for the next World Health Organisation Director General,” says Dr Coleman. “New Zealand will have an important role to play in this assembly with our officials taking a lead role in several key areas. ...

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  • Big Change Starts Small – tackling obesity

    Jonathan Coleman | Health

    Health Minister and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the return of an awareness campaign which encourages families to make small changes to help tackle childhood obesity. “Obesity is particularly concerning in children as it is associated with a wide range of health conditions, it can also affect a child’s overall quality of life,” says Dr Coleman. “The campaign encourages people to start making small changes to have a long term and positive impact on our children’s health and wellbeing. ...

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  • NZ Lions Series – rugby fever hits classrooms

    Jonathan Coleman | Sport and Recreation

    Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the launch of the NZ Lions Series 2017 education programme for schools. “The NZ Lions Series is an iconic event, attracting over 20,000 international visitors as well as passionate support from Kiwi fans,” says Dr Coleman. “To help get primary school students excited about this the once-in-12 year event, New Zealand Rugby is an education programme to 2,700 schools across the country. ...

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  • Sport Wellington first to gain Governance Mark

    Jonathan Coleman | Sport and Recreation

    Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman awarded Sport Wellington with the first Governance Mark in Wellington yesterday. “It is great that Sport Wellington have become the first to achieve the Governance Mark. This is a clear signal that its board is well-positioned for the future,” says Dr Coleman. “The requirements to achieve the mark include having processes in place for director recruitment, clarity on roles, well-structured meetings and a culture of external accountability – it’s not a simple tick box exercise. ...

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  • Successful World Masters Games wraps up

    Simon Bridges | Economic Development

    Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman congratulate organisers and participants on the outstanding success of the World Masters Games 2017 as the games draw to a close at a ceremony in Auckland today. “The World Masters Games is the largest major event that New Zealand has hosted since the Rugby World Cup 2011,” says Mr Bridges. ...

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  • Govt welcomes World Masters Games

    Simon Bridges | Economic Development

    Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman have today welcomed the World Masters Games 2017 to New Zealand. The World Masters Games is the largest multi-sport event in the world, with New Zealand set to host 28 sports, 45 disciplines and more than 28,000 participants from 100 countries. Under the Major Events Development Fund, the Government has invested $11 million into the event, making it the largest investment from the fund to date. ...

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  • Rugby 2017 Festival programme launched

    Jonathan Coleman | Arts, Culture and Heritage

    Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry have today launched the Rugby 2017 Festival. “Rugby 2017 Festival is a program of engaging activities for fans that will run alongside the DHL New Zealand Lions Series in June and July,” says Dr Coleman. “The Festival will provide a chance for communities and fans to enjoy the series which is a unique occasion to enjoy and celebrate rugby and reinforce our ability to host major events and showcase New Zealand to the world. ...

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  • Ministers acknowledge generosity of Sir Peter Snell

    Jonathan Coleman | Arts, Culture and Heritage

    Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry have acknowledged the generosity of sporting legend Sir Peter Snell in gifting medals and memorabilia to the nation. “Sir Peter stands out as the first New Zealander to win and defend multiple Olympic medals. These and many other accomplishments give him a significant place in our sporting history,” says Dr Coleman. ...

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  • New appointment to support physical activity and nutrition in schools

    Jonathan Coleman | Education

    Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Education Minister Hekia Parata have welcomed the appointment of Professor Grant Schofield, as the Ministry of Education’s first Chief Education Health and Nutrition Advisor. “Obesity is a serious issue threatening the health of young New Zealanders, which means some of our kids could end up living shorter lives than their parents,” says Dr Coleman. “In 2014/15 11 per cent of all children aged 2-14 years were obese. The figures for Maori and Pacific children were 15 per cent and 30 per cent respectively. ...

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  • Runs on the board for gender equality in cricket

    Jonathan Coleman | Sport and Recreation

    Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman will tonight acknowledge steps being taken to improve gender equality in cricket at the ANZ New Zealand Cricket Awards. “It is a credit to New Zealand Cricket that they are one of the first of the major sporting codes to appoint a female President and I would like to acknowledge Debbie Hockley’s appointment,” says Dr Coleman. The appointment follows the critical ‘Women and Cricket, Cricket and Women’ report which was published in November 2016. ...

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  • Congrats to Special Olympics team

    Jonathan Coleman | Disability Issues

    Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner say the New Zealand Special Olympics team should be extremely proud of its outstanding results at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Graz, Austria. “The 13 athletes who competed in last week’s games have returned to New Zealand today with 18 medals,” says Dr Coleman. “What’s even more impressive is that all members of the team have achieved personal best results.” ...

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  • Coleman to visit Melbourne

    Jonathan Coleman | Health

    Health Minister and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman is travelling to Melbourne to take part in a meeting of Health Ministers. Dr Coleman will attend the Council of Australian Governments Health Council meeting, along with Australian Commonwealth Health Minister Greg Hunt and Health Ministers from states and territories. Dr Coleman will also meet separately with Mr Hunt, who like Dr Coleman, also holds both the health and sports portfolio. ...

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  • Play.Sport having an impact one year on

    Jonathan Coleman | Health

    Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman says up to 20,000 children are benefiting from a pilot programme which seeks to transform the way physical education (PE) is taught in schools. “We’re now one year into the three year pilot of Play.Sport and the number of schools taking part has grown from 34 to 44,” says Dr Coleman. “20,000 children at schools across Waikatere and Upper Hutt where the pilot is taking place are now benefitting from this new model of delivering PE. ...

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  • New rugby league programme for schools

    Jonathan Coleman | Sport and Recreation

    Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has today launched a new Rugby League Education programme at Auckland’s Birkdale North School. “The Rugby League World Cup 2017 Education Resource is a range of curriculum-based learning and teaching resources for primary and intermediate students in Years 1 to 8. It’s a fun and interactive way to promote learning through rugby league,” says Dr Coleman. “The programme includes engaging classroom ideas that can be used across the curriculum, including physical education, maths and science. ...

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  • $5.5m to support major golfing events in NZ

    Simon Bridges | Economic Development

    Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman today announced a $5.5 million investment into two major golfing events. Through the Major Events Development Fund $2.7 million will be committed to New Zealand Golf to support the hosting of the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open from 2017 to 2019. $2.8 million will also be invested over three years in support the annual ISPS Handa NZ Golf Open. The 2017 tournament gets underway in Queenstown tomorrow. ...

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