Updates

Wednesday 27 May - 100 person gathering limit and contact tracing of spectators

On Monday the Government announced that from 12 noon Friday 29 May, gatherings can be held with up to 100 people. The new limit applies to gatherings at your home, events outside of home and public venues – including church services, weddings and, funerals and tangihanga.

Cabinet will again review the settings of Alert Level 2 on 8 June and have agreed that no later than 22 June, 4 weeks from today, they will consider a move to Alert Level 1.

Following this announcement, Sport New Zealand has released the following information: 

Since the announcement of the gathering limit being raised to 100 at 12pm Friday 29 May, two questions are being asked consistently by our partners.

  • Does the 100 include participants, officials, coaches and spectators?
    Yes, the gathering number includes all participants, officials, coaches and spectators. However spectators may be treated separately to the main gathering. So you could have a gathering of the participants and officials and coaches. You could then accommodate spectators separately in a different area and require them to keep 2m physically distanced. Areas for spectators should be clearly marked out to prevent mingling with the gathering or other groups.

  • Do spectators need to be contact traced if outside the activity gathering itself - 2m or more?
    For any planned activity or event where it is expected there will be spectators, organisers should have measures in place to record those spectators for contact tracing purposes. This should be included in their COVID-19 Health and Safety plan and could include online pre-registration, via an app or a contact tracing register on site. Casual passers-by that keep a 2m distance from a gathering do not have to be contact traced. 

Additional relevant reference points to note are:

  • Gatherings are defined as where people come into contact and do not maintain 2m distancing.
  • Where physical distancing can be maintained at all times, the 100 limit does not apply.
    •  For example in a spectator stand where more than 100 spectators can be present with 2m physical distancing in place between spectators. The stand would be physically separate from the activity gathering.
    • In any context where people are in a venue or facility, or park or beach for example, there could be more than 100 but they must maintain physical distancing.
  • If more than 100 people are using a facility or space, physical distancing would have to be maintained including in shared areas such as entries and exits, carparks, toilets and shared spaces.
    • Examples of this could be equestrian events and triathlons
    • Facilities would need to understand how this distancing would be managed e.g. via phasing of activities or through clear marking of zones/regions

In summary:

  • If spectators are within 2m they are part of the 100
  • If they are well side-lined (more than 2m) they can be counted separately, but need to follow physical distancing rules
  • Planned spectators should be contact traced 
  • Groups should be kept sufficiently apart and phased to make sure they don’t come into contact

For any additional questions on Alert Level 2 guidelines please send them to covid19response@sportnz.org.nz.


Tuesday 19 May - Budget 2020 support package announced

On Sunday the Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson announced a $265m investment into the Sport and Recreation sector as part of Budget 2020.  The funding will be spread over four years and seek to achieve three outcomes. A copy of the announcement can be found here.

This is the largest ever investment by Government into the Play, Active Recreation and Sport sector and it reflects the significant impact of COVID-19.

The key points announced in the 2020 Budget for play, active recreation and sport are:

  • Reset and Rebuild ($83m, 30%)
    This investment recognises the ongoing pain and financial uncertainty felt by all organisations in the Play, Active Recreation and Sport sector as a result of COVID-19. This new funding will provide further support and relief to ensure bodies at all levels remain viable for their communities.
  • Strengthen and Adapt ($104m, 40%)
    COVID-19 has highlighted for many of our partners areas in which their organisations are vulnerable and identified ways in which they can make them stronger.
  • Different and Better ($78m, 30%)
    Because this is a once in 50-year opportunity, we have to make the most of this chance to reimagine how the sector might look in the future and what will best enable it to meet the needs of all New Zealanders. Part of this work will be exploring what that future might look like, and how we might use new technology and research to modernise the sector.

“This is a great outcome for our sector, the funding will not only help with the short term, but will provide us with a chance to transform the future of Play, Active Recreation and Sport here in Aotearoa New Zealand.” – Peter Miskimmin, CEO Sport NZ

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Tuesday 12 May - Play, Active Recreation and Sport at Alert Level 2 

Sport NZ can now confirm that the 10 person gathering limit does apply to all community sport, however this limit will be reviewed on 25 May. At this point, subject to New Zealand’s continued containment of COVID-19, the limits may be increased which could enable full training and competition environments to restart.

This means that from 23.59 Wednesday, sports teams can train or play subject to the combined number of players, coaches and/or officials not exceeding 10 and appropriate physical distancing guidelines being observed.

Today Sport NZ clarified some of the detail around the Government's recent announcement and have published a new Alert Level 2 table.

View the latest guidelines for Alert Level


Tuesday 12 May - WCC city-wide contact tracing app

Wellington City Council is making it easier for people and businesses to get back to work and play under Alert Levels 1 and 2 by using a secure, easy-to-use contact tracing app, called Rippl. Wellington businesses can take up an Wellington City Council offer for a free three-month licence by registering from 9am Wednesday 13 May on the PaperKite website.

Rippl will be used at all Council sites alongside membership (such as the Envibe system used at the pools) and paper-based sign-in systems for people who don’t have smartphones, or prefer not to use apps.

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Thursday 24 April: Collective Conversations - Wellington Regional Update

Today we ran the second online information session for organisations and individuals in the play, active recreation and sport sector in the Greater Wellington Region. Attendees heard from Rodger Thompson, System Response Lead Sport Wellington; Colin Stone, Sport NZ Regional Manager; Glenn McGovern, Wellington City Council; and Mike Knell, CEO for NZCT.

See the key points and full recording

 


Saturday 18 April

Sport NZ released today a table providing more guidance on play, active recreation and sport across all Alert Levels 1-4. 

The rules and guidelines around Alert Level Two and Three are still in development, with more detailed information to expand on sporting and recreational categories becoming available early next week.

View the guidelines


Monday 30 March

Today we sent out an update to our stakeholders regarding how Sport Wellington is responding to COVID-19. Like others, Sport Wellington staff are now working from home, we have prepared for this and our resources and functions remain operational. We therefore remain available to support you as we move forward. Sport Wellington have set out our key priorities for this immediate response period.

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Saturday 21 March

Wellington City Council, Porirua City Council, Hutt City Council, Upper Hutt City Council, and Kapiti Coast District Council have announced that most facilities will be closed until further notice. This includes; swimming pools, libraries, community centres, recreation centres, museums, venues, and the City Gallery.

Read more

 


Tuesday 19 May - Budget 2020 support package announced

On Sunday the Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson announced a $265m investment into the Sport and Recreation sector as part of Budget 2020.  The funding will be spread over four years and seek to achieve three outcomes. A copy of the announcement can be found here.

This is the largest ever investment by Government, into the Play, Active Recreation and Sport sector and it reflects the significant impact of COVID-19.

It is separate to the Sport NZ Relief Fund of $25m relief package we announced on Thursday 7 May and the $70m of Partnerships investment we committed to National and Regional Sport Trust partners in April.

Sport NZ will consult with the sector in the development of a plan to manage the funding. Details on this consultation process will be provided as a next step.

A basic overview of the new Budget 2020 announcement is:

Reset and Rebuild ($83m, 30%)

This investment recognises the ongoing pain and financial uncertainty felt by all organisations in the Play, Active Recreation and Sport sector as a result of COVID-19. This new funding will provide further support and relief to ensure bodies at all levels remain viable for their communities. It will help local, regional and national organisations to make the changes required to operate successfully and thrive in a post COVID environment.

The new funding will also seek to address current imbalances in the sector, including the underrepresentation of women and girls, Maori, people with disabilities and low socio-economic groups.

Strengthen and Adapt ($104m, 40%)

COVID-19 has highlighted for many of our partners areas in which their organisations are vulnerable and identified ways in which they can make them stronger. This money will help them do that. This will take a lot of collaboration so that we are prioritising our investments, identifying and maximising commonalities across the sector. Opportunities might include mergers of sport and recreation bodies and shared services models. How and where this future-focused funding is targeted is something Sport NZ will work through in collaboration with our partners and wider stakeholders in our sector.

Different and Better ($78m, 30%)

Because this is a once in 50-year opportunity, we have to make the most of this chance to reimagine how the sector might look in the future and what will best enable it to meet the needs of all New Zealanders, including those who are currently underrepresented. Part of this work will be exploring what that future might look like, and how we might use new technology and research to modernise the sector. It will also include a series of contestable funds to support new and innovative ways to create opportunities for New Zealanders to be active. Our sector won’t maximise our future potential if we simply replay our current approach.

This is a great outcome for our sector, the funding will not only help with the short term, but will provide us with a chance to transform the future of Play, Active Recreation and Sport here in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Monday 30 March

Like others, Sport Wellington staff are now working from home, we have prepared for this and our resources and functions remain operational. We therefore remain available to support you as we move forward. 

We have established a COVID-19 response team who are responsible for determining our organisational response. The team have set out our key priorities below: 

  1. The health and wellbeing of Sport Wellington staff   
  2. Supporting Sport Wellington as an organisation to come through this period in as strong a position as possible   
  3. Supporting the play, active recreation and sport sector to come through this period in as strong a position as possible  
  4. Keeping our communities active and well  

Sport Wellington will continue to deliver Green Prescription physical activity and wellbeing support to our communities by conducting consultations via the phone or online platforms for people who are referred to us. We will also be supporting our Providers and who lead Community Strength and Balance classes for older people to adapt their physical activity support for kaumātua. If you have people who you think would benefit from these services, please get in touch with us.  

We are also running a Business Plan re-prioritisation exercise over the next week which looks at our current work plan and what can be continued, stopped or deferred as assessed against the impact of COVID-19.  Please be patient with us while we undertake this exercise to determine our immediate work plans and what it is we can do to support our organisation, our stakeholders, and our communities. 

If there is an impact on something we deliver alongside or for you we will come back to you once we have assessed the impact.

Business Continuity  

Sport NZ are facilitating several webinars. The subjects of these are below and you can register via  Sport Tutor:  

  • Using sport psychology to sustain focus during challenging times by Keith McGregor of Personnel Psychology NZ 
  • Business Continuity Planning by KPMG

Financial Support 

We are continuing to monitor the opportunities available and advocate on your behalf.  A summary of the Government support package is  available here, with specific references for you as members of the play, active recreation and sport sector. 

Sport NZ is also offering support for your organisation in navigating the Government’s support package so that you are aware of the financial relief you may have access to. Please contact either of the following organisations for a one-hour free consultation to understand your entitlements. 

Luke Norman 
Director 
Deal Advisory, KPMG 
Mob: 027 8077 989 
lnorman@kpmg.co.nz 

Doug Haines 
Partner, BDO Wellington Limited 
Mob: 021 342 463 
doug.haines@bdo.co.nz 

Kiwisport  

 

As part of delivering on these priorities, we want to offer some specific reassurances to any individual or organisation who receives Kiwisport funding, from us, for their work. 

It may be difficult to deliver projects, programmes or events as planned – so if you receive funding from us for something specific, but it's no longer possible to deliver it, or you want, or need, to deliver it in a different form, speak to us about the changes you want to make and we can discuss funding in this new context while keeping children and young people active.   

We intend to show flexibility in this regard. 

There is no need to address this yet, however when you are ready please talk to Jamie.Leith@sportwellington.org.nz in the first instance.  

Keeping Active and Well  

We are in unprecedented times and it could have a significant negative impact on our activity levels.  We don’t want that to happen, so we’re going to do everything we can (alongside others) to support people to get and stay active – provided they are following the latest government guidelines for physical distancing. Physical activity matters during this period and, we think it’s more important than ever right now.


 

Saturday 21 March

Wellington City Council, Porirua City Council, Hutt City Council, Upper Hutt City Council, and Kapiti Coast District Council have announced that most facilities will be closed until further notice. This includes; swimming pools, libraries, community centres, recreation centres, museums, venues, and the City Gallery. Links to view the specific closures in each area are listed below.

For the time being, ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary + Wellington Zoo will remain open, but with limited services and the Zoo is not accepting cash.

For details on specific facility closures in Wellington, see here:
https://wellington.govt.nz/…/civil-emergency-news-…/covid-19

For details on specific closures in the Hutt Valley, see here:
http://www.huttcity.govt.nz/…/Emergency-management/covid-19/

For details on specific closures in Upper Hutt, see here:
https://www.upperhuttcity.com/News/COVID-19-21-March-update/

For details on specific closures in Kapiti, see here:
www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/covid19

During this time, we encourage you to think about what you CAN still do, rather than focus on what you can't. Going out for a walk or a bike ride can really help your physical and mental wellbeing and you CAN still remain connected with people while observing the social-distancing guidelines.

 


 

Thursday 19 March

Like so many others, the sport and physical activity sector has already been significantly challenged by Coronavirus (COVID-19) and this may continue in the weeks and months ahead. Yesterday the six sports of Hockey, Football, Netball, Rugby, Basketball, and Rugby League alongside Sport Wellington and College Sport Wellington met to discuss our regional response and how we can work together to ensure that we come through this period in as strong a position as possible and ensure that we can continue to deliver appropriate activities for our communities.

As details come to hand we will work together to provide updates via our various communication channels. (For Sport Wellington our main communication channels are Facebook, our website, email, and our newsletters. Our secondary channels are Linked in, Instagram, and Twitter).