Auckland Sport Sector Forum 2018

Aktive – Auckland Sport & Recreation is partnering with Sport New Zealand and Auckland Council to provide Auckland sport and recreation sector leaders an opportunity to gather the latest research, ask questions and connect with other leaders in the sport and recreation sector.


Event Details

Theme: Changes, Challenge and Choice for Sport and Recreation

Where: The Cloud, Queens Wharf, 89 Quay Street, Auckland.

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When: Thursday 29 November, 10:00am – 12:00pm (noon).

Discussion topics:

  • Advocacy campaign update and detail about the 2019 elections and budget
  • Investment policy information with a focus on equity
  • A region-wide perspective on the latest sector research
  • An update on The Auckland Approach to Community Sport
  • How sports organisations are growing diversity and supporting Communities of Activity
  • The future of sport and recreation support



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Keynote Speakers


Cr. Penny Hulse
Chair of the Environment and Community Committee
Auckland Council

Councillor Penny Hulse represents the Auckland’s Waitākere Ward and is Chair of the Environment and Community Committee.

Penny brings 25 years of local government experience to the role having first been elected to the Waitākere Community Board in 1992 before being elected Chair of the Board in 1994.

Since then she has served as Chair on a range of committees including Healthy City, Environmental Management, City Development, and Community & Public Health. Penny was Deputy Mayor to Sir Bob Harvey from 2007 until 2010. Following amalgamation, she  served two terms as Deputy Mayor to Len Brown and successfully led the Unitary Plan process.

Penny’s special areas of interest are Climate Change, Sustainable City Development, Environmental Advocacy, Community Development and Youth Empowerment.


Ian Maxwell
Director Community Services
Auckland Council

Ian Maxwell loves the outdoors. He is a cyclist and a runner. Ian is also the Community Services Director with Auckland Council. In this role he has a keen interest in creating environments and initiatives that promote well-being. Ian’s focus is on community empowerment and encouraging Aucklanders to be more active more often.


Peter Miskimmin
Sport New Zealand

Peter has a wealth of experience as an athlete, coach and sports leader. Peter was appointed Chief Executive of Sport New Zealand in 2008. Since then he has overseen New Zealand’s most successful Olympic Games (Beijing, London and Rio) and driven a significant step change in community sport thinking and implementation. A two-time Olympian (Los Angeles and Barcelona), Peter has been captain of the New Zealand Men’s Hockey Team, played 150 test matches for his country and twice won the New Zealand Hockey Player of the Year Award. He is currently a selector for the national men’s side, the Black Sticks. 

He has served on the Boards of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and the New Zealand Sports Foundation and SPARC. He was member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission for ten years (1992 – 2000) and was Chair for eight of those years. In 2000 Peter established the Olympic Club of NZ and was President for 12 years. He has also attended the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games as Head of Athlete Services within the New Zealand Games management team. 


Dr. Sarah Sandley
Aktive – Auckland Sport & Recreation

Sarah has wide-ranging leadership experience gained through more than 20 years of CEO and GM experience in both commercial and not-for profit environments, including as CEO of the trans-Tasman APN Magazine Group, where she was responsible for a number of the country’s leading media brands. Sarah has played table tennis for both England and New Zealand and holds multiple national titles. A chartered Director in NZ and Australia, she served on the board of Sport New Zealand (then Sparc) for six years, was the founding Chair of the international Katherine Mansfield Society, and a founding Trustee of the Auckland Writers Festival, which she Chaired for seven years. She currently serves on the Board of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Iain Laxon
Auckland Cricket

Iain has been involved with Auckland cricket for the past 14 years in a variety of roles, including as the Marketing and Communications Manager and most recently as Community Cricket Manager.

Nicola Gamble
Insights Manager
Aktive – Auckland Sport & Recreation

Nicola has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, a graduate certificate in statistics and a diploma in Market Research. She is skilled in both qualitative and quantitative analysis, with extensive experience of using insights to drive social change campaigns. She joined Aktive from the Commission for Financial Capability, where she held the role of Behavioural Insights Manager. Prior to this she was Manager Research and Evaluation at ATEED, where she was responsible for establishing the research and evaluation function and team. Nicola previously worked in central government in the United Kingdom working across a range of issues, taking an insights and data led approach to tackling these “wicked problems”. She was part of the team that developed the Government’s guide to communication and behaviour change, encouraging the use of behavioural insights to develop programmes and initiatives that would drive real change in citizens’ lives. 



For more information please contact:

Luke Morriss
Coaching & Sector Development Manager
P: 022 010 4532


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