Taranaki Different & Better 

Ensuring that sport and recreation meets the needs of participants and delivers future-focused opportunities so that Taranaki people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can experience the joy of participating in physical activity.  

What is Taranaki Different & Better? 

Taranaki Different and Better is a change management project. It is focused ensuring that sport and recreation meets the needs of participants and delivers future-focused opportunities so that Taranaki people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can experience the joy of participating in physical activity.  

The vision is for a future where: 

  • The sector fosters a safe and inclusive environment for all to enjoy sport and recreation opportunities tailored to the needs and interests of participants.  

  • Regional Sports Organisations and clubs deliver programmes that are accessible and affordable. There is a culture of respect, inclusion, and collaboration.  

  • Decision makers take a locally led approach to create meaningful and sustainable opportunities. 

To achieve this, the way sport and recreation is delivered must change.  Taranaki people are not as active as they would like to be, and overall physical activity is declining.

Participants have many recreation opportunities but limited time and resources and the way we live and work is constantly changing. What worked in the past is unlikely to work in the future. 

Taranaki Different and Better is an opportunity to work collectively for a better future. There are Seven strands to the project and over the next years Sport Taranaki is working with our Regional Sport Organisations, funders and other stakeholders to make positive change. ​​​​​​​

Different & Better Framework 

The stages of the project are:  

  • Project Plan Development – by end of April 2023  
  • Pilot projects for changes and new initiatives 
  • Review of Pilots  
  • Long term changes – cemented  

With the right changes we can create a bright future for sport and recreation in Taranaki. 

Contact Person 

Rachael Berndt

 Different & Better Programme Lead​​​​​​​

rachael.berndt@sporttaranaki.org.nz

Phone: 021 412 927