Charity Status

NZRA is a registered charity championing high quality recreation for the benefit of New Zealand. Our work improves recreation through a work programme that includes advocacy, the advancement of education in recreation and leisure, and efforts to encourage the conservation and efficient use of natural resources and the safe administration of recreation spaces.

Championing High Quality Recreation For Individuals And Communities

Recreation is fundamental to our physical and psychological well-being. NZRA champions high quality recreation opportunities for individuals and communities by building capability in the sector. By informing and educating individuals and communities about the importance of recreation, and by increasing participation, we can help them to become more resilient, achieve their goals and lead happier lives.

Advocating For Healthy, Connected Communities

NZRA advocates for investment in the recreation sector, so that people across the country can access quality recreation services and stay active and connected. We do this by building constructive relationships with key stakeholders at both a national and international level; by helping local, regional and national bodies work more collaboratively; and by providing information and advice to stakeholders in New Zealand and overseas to enhance their understanding of the value of recreation.

Increasing Recreation Opportunities For Individuals And Communities

To ensure New Zealanders are getting the most from existing recreational opportunities, we need to understand demand and expectations, while anticipating future needs. NZRA does this by working with relevant stakeholders to ensure access to data and other insights that can positively influence decisions at both a local and national level.

Upholding Consistent Professional Standards For Staff And Users

A vibrant recreational sector that benefits individuals and communities relies on the well-being and professionalism of staff and volunteers. NZRA promotes and facilitates the provision of training opportunities and information sharing. Through NZRA’s commitment to ethics, quality standards, best practice, benchmarking and professional development, we seek to improve knowledge and conditions for recreation workers and, in turn, participants’ experiences.

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