Sport Wellington's Wairarapa office is on the move

28 January 2021

After eight years of calling the Wairarapa Sports House home in Chapel Street, Masterton, from Monday 1st February 2021 our Wairarapa-based team will now be based at YMCA Masterton, 371 Queen Street, Masterton, 5810.

"The move is timely for Sport Wellington, given our new strategic direction which focuses on four domains of physical activity – play, active recreation, active transport, and sport," said Allison Yannakis, General Manager Business at Sport Wellington. "Our adjusted focus comes with a renewed commitment to ensuring everyone has the opportunity to be active, healthy, and happy and sees us adjusting the way in which we support the community to do so."

The Landlord of the Wairarapa Sports House informed Sport Wellington early last year of their intention to sell the building. Since then, we have been on the lookout for an appropriate place to house our Wairarapa-based staff.

"Given our new strategic direction, the way we support our community in the Wairarapa was always going to be changing," Yannakis said. "Moving to YMCA Masterton aligns nicely to how we want to support the community and use this facility as a way to do that."  

The YMCA Masterton Community Centre is an ideal location, with facilities and accessibility options to suit our community, partners and customers.

"Leaving the Sports House will be an adjustment not only for our team, but for the number of community organisations who have also been housed there over the years," Yannakis said. "The Sports House had a revolving door for some of our local community members to pop in, have a coffee and talk all things sport and recreation. We have enjoyed being able to work in such close proximity to some of our partners, and to have been an open door and safe space for our community. We're excited about the move to YMCA Masterton, who are looking to turn their facility into a community hub." 

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You can also keep in contact with our Wairarapa-based staff through their contact details below. 

Dayle Clarkson

Partnership Manager Wairarapa and Iwi

E: daylec@sportwellington.org.nz

T: 027 465 4018

Kerewai Tatana

Programme Advisor Wairarapa

E: kerewait@sportwellington.org.nz

T: 022 010 4077

Shona Bunny

Programme Administrator

E: shonab@sportwellington.org.nz

T: 022 478 7077

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