Auckland Sport Sector: Facilities Priority Plan

As Auckland’s population grows and diversifies, we will need to maintain and improve our existing sport and recreation assets, and create new ones in areas where the city is expanding.

But in a world of scarce resources, it is essential that we invest in the spaces and places where current and future needs can be demonstrated, where the place of the facility in an overall network of provision is clear, where the linkage to broader plans for sport is established, and where future operating models are sustainable.

Investors, including Auckland Council on behalf of its ratepayers, want to be sure their money is being spent wisely and on projects that will genuinely enable greater numbers of Aucklanders to be physically active in an easily-accessible network of fit-for purpose facilities.

Following a detailed consultation process, the sport and recreation sector itself developed an important framework, the Auckland Sports Sector: Facilities Priority Plan.  Collectively, the sector identified the parameters that help sort evidence-based, workable and ready-to-go facility projects from those merely on a pie-in-the-sky future wish-list.


Read the Auckland Sports Sector: Facilities Priority Plan here


Aktive, on behalf of the sector, will bring together projects to be examined by an independent panel of experienced sports professionals, using the parameters clearly identified and agreed by the sector in the ASS:FPP.

The advice resulting will be available to sports and bodies working through their projects if further work is needed to more closely meet the parameters; and investors will have a further reassurance that good-quality work has been done to demonstrate a need, and to build a sound case for their funding.

Two rounds of projects have already been considered by the panel, in November 2018 and May 2019, with views circulated to funders and back to the projects themselves. Five projects in Round One and one in Round Two were assessed as being ready to go and endorsed as priorities. You can read about the five projects from Round One here and the project from Round 2 here.

Projects likely to be seeking Auckland Council and third party funding support are encouraged to use the ASS:FPP process, by completing the Project Synopsis.  To get more information, advice and support, and to have any questions about the process answered, leaders of your project groups are encouraged to use the spaces and places leads in your RST/Partner, listed below.  They are able to help you navigate your way through the process and the completion of project synopsis template.

Once completed, the project synopsis should be submitted to Aktive, who are administrators for the Assessment Panel and Process (send to  Projects can be submitted at any time, but we will be announcing the formal closing date for Round Three shortly.


Spaces and Places Leads:


          David Parker

          Jude Reid

          Steve Kidd

           022 645 0852

           0275 909 622

               021 412 133


          Daniel Cork

          Jamie Archibald            

           021 052 1072

          027 467 7068 


          Cory Hitchen             022 042 5418 

          Caitlin Molloy

          Scott Tibbutt

          021 066 4423 

              021 570 637


           Deepika Unka             027 687 7486


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