The Auckland Approach to Community Sport

Our vision for co-creating a world-class sport system in Auckland

The Auckland Approach to Community Sport is a targeted, scalable community sport system. 

It’s about working together with a targeted approach and developing a community’s, iwi’s, sector’s and leader’s ability to engage people and increase participation in sport and recreation.  

 It also includes initiatives that meet Tāmaki Makaurau’s growing, diverse population and changing needs. 


Who is involved?

The Auckland Approach to Community Sport brings together a coalition of providers with distinct roles as shown on this diagram.

For example, Aktive sets the regional strategy for sport and recreation for Auckland; and Regional Sports Trusts/Partners CLM Community Sport, Harbour Sport, Sport Auckland and Sport Waitākere focus on building capabilities in their respective communities.

Sport New Zealand, Auckland Council and College Sport are also key stakeholders. Other groups involved include schools, sports clubs, regional and national sports organisations, charities, facilities, churches, and commercial providers.

These groups work together and with communities to provide appropriate local solutions that aim to mobilise large numbers of people.

What is the focus?

The Auckland Approach to Community Sport focuses on five main areas: 

  1. Advocacy – attract new funding, find efficiency savings and advocate at local and central government for the sport and recreation sector; 
  2. Schools and Communities – more of Auckland’s young people participating in sport and recreation; 
  3. Coach Development – programmes, support and resources for coaches, participants and organisations; 
  4. Sector Development – improved club, regional sport and recreation capability; 
  5. Spaces and Places – improved access to spaces and facilities for all Aucklanders. 


Who are we focusing on?

The target priority groups are Young People 5-18 years, Girls 10-18 years, Indian, Māori, Chinese and Samoan ethnicities.  

 There is a strong focus on helping tamariki and rangatahi (young people) and low participation communities to be more active, as well as building the capability of sector providers and volunteers, including coaches.

Who does what where?

As a group, we work across a growing, increasingly diverse Tāmaki Makaurau.

Aktive is responsible for setting the regional strategy, sport systems and programmes, advocacy, investment and shared services.

The Regional Sports Trusts/Partners focus on building capabilities in their respective communities:

  • CLM Community Sport is responsible for Counties Manukau (excluding Howick – Pakuranga);
  • Harbour Sport is responsible for North Harbour;
  • Sport Auckland covers central Auckland and the Howick community;
  • Sport Waitākere operates in West Auckland.


In 2019/20, the following geographic local communities across Aucklandaligned to target priority groups, have been identified: 


Communities of Activity Auckland


Within these areas, we also recognise identified ‘Communities of Activity.These have been identified due to their strong alignment to the target groups and are areas where we focus significant efforts to help shape delivery and connect initiatives, programmes and facilities with potential participants through a locally-led approach.


Where are we heading?

This is an exciting and dynamic approach to sport and recreation in the diverse, rapidly growing city of Tāmaki Makaurau. The goal is to make Auckland the most active city in the world, helping Aucklanders to be healthier, happier and more connected to others.

For more information, here are the key contacts in each partner organisation working across The Auckland Approach to Community Sport – if there is a local need then please refer to the Regional Sports Trust/Partner; and for regional/strategic requirements please contact Aktive:



Debbie Curgenven 

Community Sport Manager 


debbie.curgenven@aktive.org.nz            021 243 0082 

Bernie Tovio 

General Manager


bernie@clmnz.co.nz              021 275 2077 

Richard Casutt 

Sport Capability & Business Development Manager                   


richardc@harboursport.co.nz             0274 799 565 

Scott Tibbutt 

General Manager 


scott@sportauckland.co.nz                  09 623 7957 

David George 

Community Sport Manager 


david.george@sportwaitakere.nz               021 688 354