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A message from our board chair

A message from the board chair - Annual Report 2020-21

Tena tātou katoa

Another year has flown past for Sport Bay of Plenty. The certainly that we had hoped to secure has not presented itself but as an organisation led by Chief Executive Heidi Lichtwark and her senior leadership team of Catherine McCulloch, Nick Chambers and Melanie Short we have adjusted and pivoted in ways that we consider would not have been necessary before lockdowns, Covid, tracing and other such language became everyday vernacular.

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Taking time to reflect on the year that was 2020/21 it is important to remember that we have rolled out some significant projects, bodies of work and continued to deliver on our business as usual programmes and projects. When reflecting it is enjoyable to consider that notwithstanding the continued looming cloud of Covid as an organisation we have been resilient, able to adapt and re-arrange how we interact with and contribute to our community.

Some things to remember about 20/21 include Sport Bay of Plenty being involved in the roll out of Healthy Active Learning which is a joint initiative between Sport Bay of Plenty, Sport New Zealand and the Ministries of Health and Education to improve the wellbeing of tamariki through healthy eating and drinking and quality physical activity. Phase one has been considered a success and the programme piloted in Rotorua will now be rolled out across the region.

The Spaces and Places Strategy was reviewed during the course of this year. Sport Bay of Plenty plays an integral role alongside the region’s territorial authorities to ensure that the high-level strategic framework for regional sport and recreation spaces and places (facilities) are up to date to ensure that our community needs are met. Arising from the review were 34 key strategic outcomes which we are excited to be a part of.

Organisationally we have been working on refreshing our Strategic Plan which will be completed and implemented during the 21/22 year. This has been a case of taking stock of who we are and what we want to be as an organisation and has been a process that has resulted in evolution rather than revolution across the organisation.

Looking forward to 2021/22, we hope that we can be in our community more, implement our new strategy in consultation with our stakeholders, partners and the community. The move toward living with Covid-19 will take time to understand and in some cases evolve with. We are looking forward to what this means for the Bay of Plenty Sports awards and similar such events where numbers, restrictions and uncertainties continue to play havoc with any form of planning.

Lastly, we continue to have a fantastic group of people within our organisation that continue to strive to engage with the community and I would like to thank them all for their input into making Sport Bay of Plenty what it is. To my fellow Trustees, thank you for your invaluable input and guidance into the direction of the organisation - your dedication to the success of the organisation is greatly appreciated.

The Board is looking forward to what lies ahead, with much good work to be done to make the region more active and healthy, and this ably-led by Heidi and the dedicated team at Sport Bay of Plenty.

Ngā mihi maioha kia tātou katoa

Tom Elvin – Chair, Sport Bay of Plenty


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