Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Budget 2007: Focus on healthy active lifestyles

Hon Trevor Mallard
Minister of Sport and Recreation

Focus on healthy active lifestyles

Budget 2007 provides for a further expansion of funding for sport and recreation to promote healthy active lifestyles, Sport and Recreation Minister Trevor Mallard announced today.

Funding is set to increase from $66.1 million in 2006/07 to $69.5 million in 2007/08. Sport and recreation funding has grown from $6.7 million in 2001/02 and is on top of lotteries grants funding of approximately $30.9 million.

The package includes more than $11.1 million for programmes in the coming year targeting children and young people as part of Sport and Recreation New Zealand’s (SPARC) contribution to the government’s ongoing $67.0 million four-year Mission-On initiative.

"New Zealand offers the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoors lifestyle, regular physical activity, healthy food, a good education, and the opportunity to contribute to society and the economy," said Mr Mallard. "But we’re seeing increasingly sedentary lifestyles, which are affecting the health and prosperity of our children.

"The coming year will see the rollout of more Mission-On initiatives aimed at improving the lifestyles of young New Zealanders through improved nutrition and increased physical activity. It is one of the approaches that will help us achieve our vision for New Zealand of strong family units, healthy confident kids and better health for everyone."

The package also includes increases, largely previously announced, of $666,000 in direct athlete support through the Performance Enhancement Grants scheme to $4.2 million for 2007/08 and a doubling of SPARC’s investment in regional sports development to more than $2.8 million in 2007/08. Total funding for sport and recreation for the next four years is $261.7 million.

"If New Zealand is to compete at the highest levels on the world stage, we must not waiver in our commitment to the elite athlete programmes and our focus on developing regional sporting opportunities. This approach will provide a sustainable regional infrastructure to support sports at the national level," said Mr Mallard.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.

Finally, yesterday’s announcement by the Ardern government that a new state agency will be set up to assess and plan the manned re-entry to the mine (on a set timetable) goes a long way to meeting the families’ remaining request: that they be enabled, if at all possible, to bury their loved ones. More>>

 

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election