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Shared Services Pilot Launch

Recently Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti launched their Shared Services Pilot.  

The aim of the Shared Services initiative is to provide a fit-for-purpose entity that offers a range of services for the sporting community and not-for-profit sector. 

The initiative hopes to create economies of scale, share best practices, automate or improve information and financial management, and ultimately free up volunteer or core staff time so that organisations can create, sustain and manage high quality, consistent service delivery now, and into the future. 

The launch was well attended with representatives from Trust Tairāwhiti, the Shared Services team, Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti staff and board members, and the groups who are involved in the start-up phase of the pilot. These groups are Parafed, Swim For Life, Gisborne Boardriders, Gisborne Basketball Association, Tairāwhiti Softball Association, Horouta Waka Hoe and three other groups to be confirmed from the East Coast. 

A common theme among the groups was the aspiration to continue to provide quality sport experiences for tamariki, rangatahi and whānau in the community but limitations on capability created barriers in some organisational areas. 

“Our Organisation is so excited to be part of the pilot. As a purely volunteer driven organisation, our participation numbers have grown to a point where we need to increase our structure to build now and into the future. Support for our governance team, systems and administrative needs will free up our Committee to do more of the development and future focussed work – learning alongside the other groups will be invaluable.” Said Gisborne Basketball Association Chairperson Kylie Turuwhenua-Tapsell. 

The groups are selected based on a range of criteria which included their support needs, their responsiveness to a survey circulated to the sporting sector in late March 2021, and to ensure there was a representative range of organisational structures and sizes. The insights from the survey highlighted the demand for a shared services model in Tairāwhiti. 

The project has been funded $75,000 from Trust Tairāwhiti and $50,000 from the Provisional Growth Fund for the first year of the pilot. 

“The pilot wouldn’t be possible without the support of our partner, Trust Tairāwhiti or without the funding from the Provincial Growth Fund. Trust Tairāwhiti and PGF have invested with Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti in making this pilot project a reality.” Said Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Chief Executive Stefan Pishief. “We also need to say a massive thank you to the sporting clubs and community groups who have come on board and are willing to share their experiences. We appreciate some groups have missed out for now, but certainly our intention is to include more as the pilot progresses.” 

Systems and templates are currently being developed that focus on providing a tailor-made package of support which can include financial management, administration and information management, and communications, marketing and branding.   

Once systems are established the aim is to expand the services to other organisations as well as expand the range of services in other areas of priorities for groups including fundraising strategies, retention/succession planning, and Governance and policy. 

“Supporting our not-for-profit sector is investing in the people of this region. When you listen to the stories from organisations such as Horouta Waka Hoe Board Chair Walton Walker, which is run completely by volunteers, you can understand the impact a service like this can have. For a lot of the organisations involved it’s not just about the sport or service they offer, it’s about being part of a wider whānau. This is why we are so passionate about where this pilot will take Te Tairāwhiti” Said Shared Services Pilot Manager Leanne Harrison. 

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi  

With your basket and my basket together, the people will thrive! 

Titirangi Mt. Everest Challenge 2021

The 2021 Titirangi Mt. Everest Challenge is nearly here!

Registrations are opening Monday 27th September and we’re excited to get the event underway. The challenge will start Monday 4th October and finish on Sunday 21st November.

Track yours and your team’s progress on the live, online leaderboard. You can track your height, gain badges (when you reach other noteworthy peaks) and encourage your friends, whānau, and colleagues by following their progress also!

Make sure you keep checking in to see our opening celebration details.

A special thanks to Sean Shivnan Pharmacy for their support so our people can enjoy the physical benefits and social interactions of being a part of this event.

Alert Level Four Update

Kia ora!

Yesterday, the Government announced that from Tuesday 17 August 11.59pm, all of New Zealand will be moving into Alert Level 4. This will remain in place for 3 days for all of New Zealand, with the exception of Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula with both staying in Alert Level 4 likely for the next 7 days.

Play, active recreation, and sport is limited and it must be contained to your bubble.

Here is a recap of what Alert Level 4 looks like:
🦠 To combat this virus, we all need to stay at home
🏢Our office will remain closed until we reach an Alert Level where it is safe
❌All indoor venues and sporting facilities, including clubrooms and gyms, are closed
🌳 If you want to get some fresh air, stay in your neighbourhood and in your bubble
⚽️Contact activity or sharing equipment/balls with people outside your bubble is prohibited
🏈Organised sports and physical activity are not allowed outside of your bubble
📣Streets, outdoor parks and fields are okay, but playgrounds are closed
🚴‍♀️The tracks on Whataupoko Reserve are closed
😷 Make use of face masks when out in public
🙌 Do safe or low-risk activities. All water-based activities are prohibited because these activities expose participants to danger or may require search and rescue services
↔️ If you are out for a walk and are passing anyone nearby, don’t stop and talk, and always remain 2 metres away from people who aren’t in your bubble

View the Sport NZ Alert Level Guide here.
A broader range of restrictions in place can be found here.

We will share any updates as they come through.

Stay safe and be kind.
Ngā mihi nui,
The team at Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti

Nominations Open for 2021 Bronwyn Kay Agency Sporting Excellence Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Bronwyn Kay Agency Sporting Excellence Awards. The Awards is a chance to recognise and celebrate the sporting achievements in the sporting sector for the region. 

The qualifying period for the awards is normally twelve months. However, due to the implications of COVID-19 and the disruption on the sporting sector, the qualifying period has been extended from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2021.  

Major sponsor Bronwyn Kay said that they believe strongly in our community. “So many of our athletes go on to be great ambassadors for our region. As health and wellness are the main thrusts in life, this fits well with our ethos. Encouraging the young to be all they can be through sport, great coaches and strong relationships. Teaching teamwork which is the cornerstone of great businesses. We are so proud to be the main sponsor. We wish all participants well and know that winning isn’t everything. It’s how you played the game,” said Ms Kay.  

The awards celebrate the achievements of athletes, teams, volunteers and coaches as well as their dedication, involvement and contribution to the sporting community. There are 15 categories. Athletes can be nominated for Junior Sportsman and Sportswoman, Disabled Sportsperson, Masters Sportsperson, Sportsman, Sportswoman and overall Sportsperson. The categories for teams are Sports Team and Junior Sports Team. Coach Award, Official Award and Services to Sport are open to individuals. Clubs, groups and communities may be eligible for the Club Award, Community Impact or Event Excellence Award. 

Nominations can be completed here. Nominations close on August 16. 

The Awards Dinner will be held at the Farmers Air Showgrounds Event Centre on Friday 5 November and includes a three-course dinner, live entertainment and a Celebrity Master of Ceremony. Tickets for the event will go on sale in October. 

New Zealand Sport & Recreation Awards 2021

Homai te pakipaki to our General Manger, Kylie Turuwhenua-Tapsell on being awarded the Susie Simcock Future Leaders’ Scholarship. Kylie received this prestigious award for her amazing mahi in community led initiatives, leading the way in youth development, and the power of sport and recreation.
“Receiving the award is such a humbling experience that I am still processing. For me, the award is a good reminder that nothing is ever done by one person. The mahi that has been achieved acknowledges the amazing staff and hapori partners who bring their community focussed hearts to what we do.”
“It also reminds me that we’ve started a journey of change to better reflect Te Tairāwhiti and that our accountability needs to be to those who have barriers to accessing opportunities and supporting their voices.” – Kylie Turuwhenua-Tapsell.
Our mahi for Well Wāhine Week was a finalist for the Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion Award. The award recognizes innovative initiatives which support diversity and inclusion within sport and recreation. Whilst we didn’t take home the award, we’re grateful we were selected as a finalist and congratulate Sport Waitākere for their win. Ka pai hoki koe!
Terry Sheldrake received the Sir Eion and Jan, Lady Edgar Lifetime Achievement Award. Terry was recognised for his outstanding service to Triathlon and Sport. He was the founding CE of Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti 30 years go. Congratulations Terry!
Ka mau te wehi!

Well Wahine at Te Kura Awhio​

Well Wāhine at Te Kura Awhio​ ✨

We’ve got a series of fun, free, have-a-go sessions coming up over the next few months for wāhine.
Next week, have-a-go at wāhine only pilates, Jiu Jitsu, strike fit and strength and conditioning classes.
📍 16 Fitzherbert Street
💰 Free for the week of 14 – 20 June
👩 For wāhine and kōhine (women and girls)
📱 No booking required, just walk in
👫 Child friendly, child space available

Make sure you keep an eye out for the next have-a-go activity!