HPSNZ to contribute $ 131 million to national sport organizations over the next three years


High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) will inject $ 131 million into National Sports Organizations (NSOs) over the next three years.

The investment, averaging $ 43.7 million per year for the remainder of the Paris Olympics cycle, was announced on Friday and was the first under HPSNZ’s new targeted investment framework.

Confirmed in March, the 2024 strategy promised more sports and more athletes would be supported than at any time before, with investments confirmed through Olympic cycles providing financial security for organizations and athletes.

No more targeted and country sports, replaced by podium sports and ambitious sports, with an emphasis on balancing short-term performance and high long-term performance.

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In addition to the $ 43.7 million of direct investment per year in 44 national sports organizations, $ 7.4 million will be invested in wellness initiatives over the next three years.

Sixteen new sports, including basketball, will receive funding through the new $ 27.6 million Aspiration Fund.

Raelene Castle, Managing Director of HPSNZ.

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Raelene Castle, Managing Director of HPSNZ.

HPSNZ has been criticized in the past for its lack of funding for basketball, one of the country’s most popular sports. He will receive $ 1.1 million per year.

Other new sports include skateboarding, diving, esport, water polo, Para Waka Ama, rock climbing, motocross and touch rugby.

“There have been some outstanding presentations from NSOs which made decisions very difficult, but we are excited about the opportunities that are presented to us,” HPSNZ Executive Director Raelene Castle said in a statement.

“I would say 90 percent constructive and positive and I appreciate it, and yes there are a few sports that have a funding cut that are obviously disappointed. But we’re continuing these conversations with these sports to make sure they can do what they need to do, and we can get the results that we’re looking for. “

Basketball will receive $ 1.1 million per year from HPSNZ.

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Basketball will receive $ 1.1 million per year from HPSNZ.

Rowing ($ 7.98 million per year) will receive the most funding from Olympic podium sports, up from the $ 6.4 million received in 2021.

Most podium sports have seen their funding increase, although equestrian sports will receive $ 258,000 less than the $ 1.9 million received in 2021, and cycling ($ 35,000 less) and track and field ( $ 3,000 less) were also cut.

Cycling NZ is expected to receive $ 5.1 million and has been rated under the same criteria as other podium sports. However, the award will be conditional on the outcome of the current independent sports inquiry.

“This doesn’t mean their funding will be cut, it means the focus allocation of that funding could change once we see the results of this review,” Castle said.

The $ 7.4 million allocated to wellness initiatives includes funding for the first of several wellness managers for NSOs, increased access to independent support services.

Castle said HPSNZ will also work closely with NSOs to improve mental health literacy and athlete voices across the system.

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Cycling NZ is the subject of an independent investigation following the death of Olivia Podmore.

“We want to empower athletes to have a voice and to be able to influence decisions that affect them. We will work with NSOs to ensure that the athlete voice mechanism in sport is fit for purpose as well as to develop an effective system-wide athlete voice mechanism.

“We recognize and understand that more work needs to be done in this area and this investment and our continued work with sport is aimed at ensuring that performance environments empower and support individuals and allow them to thrive on and off the sport. playground. “

In another change, the old grants for carded athletes and performance enhancement were replaced with personalized athlete performance support (Taps), with $ 25 million to be spent to support up to 420 athletes, up from 345. in the previous system.

The move to Taps, which guarantees support for at least three years and can be supplemented with Excellence Grants, will see direct financial support to athletes increase from around $ 6.7 million in 2021 to $ 8.4 million. dollars in 2022.

“Taps includes a Foundation Training Grant designed to provide a basic level of financial support for the training needed as a top-performing athlete, with the option of working and / or studying part-time. “

Snow sports funding for the Milan 2026 window will be confirmed after the Beijing Winter Olympics next year.


  • Direct investment of $ 43.7 million per year in 44 national sports organizations over the next three years
  • $ 7.4 million in additional investments in wellness initiatives
  • $ 25 million in direct financial support for athletes through Tailored Athlete Pathway Support
  • 16 new sports to receive a high performance investment

Podium sport (10) – Rowing, cycling, yachting, athletics, canoe races, equestrian sports, rugby sevens, para-athletics, para-cycling, para-swimming.

Ambitious sports (34) – Hockey, Basketball *, Triathlon, Swimming, Canoe Slalom, Gymnastics, Football, Boxing, Weightlifting, Beach Volley *, Water Polo *, Shooting, Surfing, Golf *, Tennis *, Diving *, Skateboard *, Karate, Badminton *, Climbing *, Paralympics NZ, Para Canoe, Shooting Para Sport, Para Waka Ama *, Cricket, Rugby League (women) *, Squash *, Surf Life Saving, Bowls, Softball, Touch *, Moto *, E Sports * , Orientation course *.

* New Sports for HPSNZ investment (i.e. did not receive HPSNZ base investment in 2021).


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