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Aktive Annual Report 2016/17


8 Aktive Annual Report 2016/2017 Message from the Chair and CEO He pānui nō te Heamana me te Kaiwhakahaere Matua The 2016/17 year has seen significant steps by Aktive and its key delivery partners over this period – Harbour Sport, Sport Auckland, Counties Manukau Sport and Sport Waitakere – towards the shared vision for Auckland to be the world’s most active city. It can also be marked by three words – interesting, inspiring and invigorating. Raewyn Lovett Chair – Aktive A critical aspect of this vision has been completed and launched; namely, The Auckland Approach to Community Sport. Co-created with our Regional Sports Trust partners, Sport New Zealand, Auckland Council and health and education providers, the strategy represents a consistent and scalable community sport system. The focus is to provide Auckland a world-class community sports system. How? Put simply, community by community; a message that has been shared with various stakeholders including national and regional sports organisations. From a performance perspective, it is pleasing to note Sport New Zealand’s positive comments around the considerable commitment and effort to develop and roll out The Auckland Approach to Community Sport. This includes understanding that the result is a shared vision with aligned regional and local planning across Auckland for the very first time. Along with reference to the important strategic role Aktive plays in New Zealand’s sport system, Sport New Zealand’s annual review of Aktive has given us confidence and encouragement to progress Auckland-wide planning. This is boosted by an increase of $1.5 million from up-stream funders, taking investment in Auckland to a new high of over $11 million*, and advancing all Sarah Sandley CEO – Aktive

Aktive Annual Report 2016/2017 9 parts of the system and partners. Making a tangible benefit for communities, we are committed to complete transparency to where this and all monies are spent, as shown in the funding allocation summary available on our website. Aktive’s Shared Services and Procurement continues to go from strength to strength, now having taken over $1 million back office savings out of the sector. This is money that can be and is reinvested back into the grass roots of sport and recreation. The launch of a new service for the sector, the Chairs’ Roundtable series, focuses on improving governance capability. There has also been strong progress with innovative programmes such as Good Sports, HERA – Everyday Goddess, TLC (Talent, Leadership & Character) and Coach Evolve, along with the ongoing facilitation of Sport New Zealand programmes Pathway to Podium and Performance Coach Advance. This performance has been acknowledged in the stakeholder survey of Aktive’s operations, noting greater access to resources, improved performance and increased sector support and collaboration as key highlights. We look forward to building on this with further engagement with our stakeholders. Partnerships are invaluable to the work of Aktive. We are pleased to have signed three Regional Sports Trusts to deliver The Auckland Approach to Community Sport – Harbour Sport, Sport Auckland and Sport Waitakere, now joined by CLM and College Sport who in 2017/18 will roll out the strategy for the benefit of the communities and high schools of Counties Manukau. We are working collaboratively with these partners to support them to empower their respective local communities. We also work closely with other partners on projects such as the ‘Believe You Can’ Leadership Day with iSport Foundation – we are proud that this event was recognised as joint winner of the New Zealand Recreation Association Outstanding Event Award 2016. Another significant partnership is the Greater Auckland Aquatic Action Plan (GAAAP) managed by Aktive and Water Safety New Zealand and funded by Sport New Zealand, Foundation North and Water Safety New Zealand. Since its inception in 2011, GAAAP has provided 840,000 free Swim & Survive lessons to 87,632 young people, targeted towards decile 1-6 schools. Aktive is privileged to have a seat on the advocacy groups OneVoice and Healthy Auckland Together (HAT). Our partnerships are further underpinned by working groups in the vital strategic focal areas of Young People, Spaces & Places, Targeted Populations, Sector Development, and Coaching & Talent Development, all backed by insights. Aktive is supported by strong, stable governance. This was further strengthened over this period with the Selection and Performance Committee’s appointment of David Tse as a new board member. The Board and Executive has also been supported by Subcommittees and the Aktive Māori Advisory Group, Coaching & Talent Development Advisory Group, Regional KiwiSport Advisory Group, Tertiary Advisory Group, Aquatics Advisory Group and project-specific steering groups for Good Sports and HERA – Everyday Goddess. These groups have helped to introduce a whole new series of connections across community and sporting organisations in Auckland. A crucial feature of Aktive is its people – a group small in number, but big on talent, expertise and commitment. We would like to acknowledge and thank them for all their hard work. We would also like to thank all our commercial partners from the past year – Holden, 2Degrees, Fairfax Media, Simpson Grierson, Sheffield and Ricoh; as well as our sector partners – AUT, AUT Millennium Institute of Sport, Massey University, Unitec, Bruce Pulman Park and the iSPORT Foundation. Like us, these partners are committed to improving participation levels in Auckland. Furthermore, we would like to express sincere thanks to the up-stream stakeholders who show such confidence in Aktive and our approach to Auckland. These include Sport New Zealand, High Performance Sport New Zealand, Auckland Council, Water Safety New Zealand, Foundation North, the New Zealand Community Trust and the Lion Foundation. We would also like to recognise our much-valued delivery agents and sector partners – driving results in local communities is dependent on their input. Finally, we would like to acknowledge the Aktive Board for its strategic guidance – as always this is much appreciated and respected. *This figure covers investment into community sport programming and administration

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