Releases

Sport and Recreation
Sat 17 Jun 2017
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.
Health | Sport and Recreation
Fri 16 Jun 2017
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. ...
Sport and Recreation
Fri 2 Jun 2017
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.
Health | Sport and Recreation
Wed 31 May 2017
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.
Sport and Recreation
Mon 29 May 2017
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.
Sport and Recreation
Sat 20 May 2017
“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.
Health | Sport and Recreation
Tue 16 May 2017
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. ...
Health | Sport and Recreation
Sat 13 May 2017
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.
Sport and Recreation
Thu 11 May 2017
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. ...
Sport and Recreation
Tue 9 May 2017
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.
Sport and Recreation
Sun 30 Apr 2017
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. ...
Sport and Recreation
Fri 21 Apr 2017
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.