To achieve our long-term goals we need to work to maintain the strength, capability and integrity of the Play, Active Recreation and Sport system. To this end we are committed to enhancing the leadership capability of the system. For more detail about the programme please see the prospectus.

Who is this for:

Leaders in the Play, Active Rec and Sport Sector who lead leaders, teams, and themselves

Willing to invest some time growing their capability as a leader

May lead people or significant projects or pieces of work

Has a desire to learn from others in the sector and share own insights

Have recently, or are about to, step up into a new role or leading in an environment with more complexity and/or collaboration

Places are available for leaders from Sport NZ investment partners’ organisations and leaders from other organisations that promote physical activity and inspire performance

What you will get out of it:

A high-quality development experience, based on the Puna Framework, the map for leadership in the sector

Deep relationships with a diverse cohort of leaders

Raised awareness of the current state and understanding of the way forward for your organisation

An opportunity to reflect and take time and space to work on yourself and how you lead at work, home, and in the communities you operate within

A clear direction forward to make transformational progress

A vision and strategy to take control of your ongoing development post-programme

The Programme



Preparing For Your Journey
Arrival / Pre-DinnerMonday 26th February6:00pmNZ Campus of Innovation & Sport
Trentham, Upper Hutt.
WorkshopTuesday 27th February9:00am5:00pm
Wednesday 28th February9:00am5:00pm
Share & ReflectWednesday 20th March11:00am12:30pmVirtual
Harnessing The Power Of UsWorkshopWednesday 3rd April9:00am1:00pmVirtual
Share & ReflectWednesday 24th April9:00am10:30amVirtual
Understanding You½ day WorkshopFriday 17th May9:00am1:00pmLyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club
Lyall Bay, Wellington.
360 DebriefWeek of the 3rd of JuneVirtual
Share & ReflectThursday 6th June9:00am10:30amVirtual
Serving Your CommunityWorkshopWednesday 26th June9:00am1:00pmVirtual
Share & ReflectWednesday 17th July9:00am10:30amVirtual
Sustaining Your DevelopmentWorkshopThursday 15th August9:00am5:00pmTe Mahurehure Marae
Point Chevalier, Auckland.
Friday 16th August9:00am5:00pm
Share & ReflectThursday 5th September9:00am10:30amVirtual


Each module involves five elements; a Prepare workout, the Topic Workshop, An Action and Reflection Workout, On Job Action, and a Share and Reflect session.

  • Prepare for your leadership Journey (Face to face)
  • Harnessing the Power of Us (Virtual)
  • Understanding You (Virtual)
  • Serving Your Community (Virtual)
  • Sustaining Your Development (Face to face)


To find out more information about Te Au Mātāhae click here to download the Prospectus.


One month in, the Te Au Mātāhae has already supported my growth and development as a leader which has had a positive impact for my organisation and the people in it.
Jason Merrett, General Manager Participation Pathways at Sport Canterbury.

The Te Au Mātāhae has been an eye opening and thought-provoking experience so far. It has not only challenged me, but also assisted with giving myself permission to allow for the space, time and reflection required to continue to develop as an authentic, effective, and innovative leader.
Rachel Minton-Smith, Community Hockey Manager – Capability at Hockey New Zealand.

To Apply

Applications for Cohort Two open Monday 27th of November 2023.

Click here to start the application process, or complete the application below.