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Wellbeing Report seminar series: Sport NZ: Positively impacting community wellbeing through physical activity

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In this webinar, Sport NZ will talk to how its strategy is positively impacting community wellbeing with reference to key initiatives and the close link between physical activity and the broader Government wellbeing outcomes in the Living Standards Framework.

Sport NZ Group Chief Executive, Raelene Castle, and Group Manager, Play Active Recreation and Sport, Jim Ellis, will talk through some of the specific focus areas that Sport NZ is working into as part of its Every Body Active strategy and explore some of the ways these positive outcomes are being measured to understand the social return on investment. Sport NZ strategy provides an example of how agencies and other organisations can use wellbeing frameworks, such as the LSF, to support understanding of their impact and inform their planning. The session will finish with some examples of cross-agency collaboration, such as the Cross-Agency Physical Activity and Play Plan, which can support better school attendance and engagement as well as opportunities that sit within the health reforms.

There will be a Q&A session at the end of the webinar for any audience questions.

About the presenters

Raelene Castle is the Group Chief Executive of Sport New Zealand. She joined the organisation in December 2020 after seven years working in Australia as Chief Executive of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and then Chief Executive of Rugby Australia. She was previously Chief Executive of Netball New Zealand from 2007 to 2013.

Raelene has held several governance roles in sport, previously serving as a board director of the ANZ Championship Netball, International Federations of Netball Associations, SANZAAR Rugby and the World Rugby Council. She also has a rich sporting background as a former representative-level netball, tennis and lawn bowls player.

Raelene was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2015 for services to Business and Sport.

Originally from Bristol in the UK, Jim Ellis moved to Aotearoa in 2004 and has always been based in Wellington. He joined Sport New Zealand in September 2014 where he held the role of Manager, Expertise and Capability until taking on the new role of Group Manager Play, Active Recreation and Sport in June 2022.

Jim has a wealth of experience with previous sport administration roles including as Executive Director at University Sport New Zealand, a range of other university and tertiary sport roles in the UK and more recently 7 years as CEO of Equestrian Sports NZ.

Growing up in Bristol has left Jim with a lifelong passion for his hometown teams: Bristol Rovers, Bristol Bears and Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.

Video recording

A transcript and captions for this video will be available in due course.

Wellbeing Report seminar series

In November 2022, Te Tai Ōhanga – The Treasury released the first wellbeing report Te Tai Waiora: Wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand 2022.

This online seminar is part of a Wellbeing Report programme of Guest lectures running in 2022 and 2023.

Last updated: 
Monday, 13 March 2023