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, sector’s and iwi’s ability to engage people and increase participation in sport and recreation.

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

Who is involved?

The Auckland Approach to Community Sport brings together a coalition of providers who all play a distinct role as shown on this diagram.

For example, Aktive sets the regional strategy for sport and recreation for Auckland, and Regional Sports Trusts/Partners, such as Harbour Sport, Sport Waitakere, Sport Auckland and CLM Community Sport (Counties Manukau), are focused on building capabilities in their respective communities.

Sport New Zealand, Auckland Council and College Sport are also key stakeholders.

Other groups involved include schools, sport clubs, regional and national sport organisations, charities, facilities, churches, and commercial providers.

These groups are working together 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. Coaching and Talent Development – programmes, support and resources for coaches, athletes 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

This is underpinned by a strong focus on helping children and low participation communities to be more active, as well as building the capability of sector providers and volunteers, including coaches.

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

Who does what where?

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

  • Harbour Sport is responsible for North Harbour;
  • Sport Auckland covers the Tamaki community, the Maungakiekie community, the Roskill community, the Wesley community, the Inner City community and the Howick community;
  • Sport Waitakere operates in the boundaries of three Local Boards– Whau, Waitakere Ranges and Henderson /Massey;
  • CLM Community Sport is responsible for Counties Manukau (excluding Howick – Pakuranga).



Within these areas, we also recognise identified “Communities of Activity”. In 2018/19, 19 geographic local communities across Auckland that are aligned to target priority groups have been identified as Communities of Activity.

Mangere East

Clendon – Weymouth

Papakura East

Pukekohe North



Inner City – Waitamata


Mt Roskill


Howick – Pakuranga




Birkenhead – Beach Haven

Albany – Fairview





Glen Eden – Oratia

Lincoln North

New Lynn – Avondale

We are focusing significant efforts in these areas 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 Auckland.

The goal is to make Auckland the most active city in the world, helping Aucklanders to be healthier, happier and more connected to other people.


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