Outdoor Activity Fund

Recreation Aotearoa are delighted to be managing and distributing the Outdoor Activity Fund on behalf of Sport NZ. Its purpose is to increase participation of rangatahi in outdoor recreation and connect more rangatahi to their Māori culture through outdoor activity. This fund will be one of parity between Māori and non-Māori, that is, Tangata Whenua and Tangata Te Tiriti.


Find out who was funded in the most recent round.


The purpose of this fund is to support activities/programmes that engage rangatahi. 

There are two key population groups which this fund aims to impact:
  • Tangata Whenua as Māori in the outdoors, this includes rangatahi Māori and their whānau*
  • Increasing participation for Tangata Te Tiriti, this includes non-Māori rangatahi participants in one or more of the following categories:
    - Higher deprivation communities
    - Young women
    - Disabled young people

The funding will be split across these two population groups with at least 50% of the total funding allocated to programmes engaging rangatahi Māori.

* Please refer to Te Whetū Rehua for more information.


We are looking for outdoor activity providers who can show that they understand rangatahi, demonstrate a local delivery approach that supports and is informed by the priority rangatahi groups mentioned above.

We are also looking for organisations who can take an innovative and culturally sensitive approach to new programme design. Not all cultures go outdoors for the same reasons. The goal is to get people outdoors, and to do so in a way that resonates with them (this will increase participation too).

The spirit of this fund is very much one of problem solving, and every provider from previous rounds will tell you that they could not have delivered their programmes alone. We are looking for outdoor providers who will share their learnings about their experiences with the rest of the outdoor sector, so that we can collectively move towards bringing more rangatahi into the outdoors, experiencing the benefits they provide.

Please note: The fund is not open to groups involved in delivering activities on playing fields, stadia or in other largely human-made environments, like mainstream ball sports or athletics.




If you have any questions or would like more information about this fund, please contact Kieran McKay on outdoors@nzrecreation.org.nz.


Round four of the Outdoor Activity Fund went to the following organisations:
  • Graeme Dingle Foundation - Wilderness Adventure, a three week outdoor/wilderness programme aimed toward at-risk rangatahi in Tāmaki Makaurau. Delivered in partnership with Hillary Outdoors.
  • Hawaiki Kura - Hawaiki Ora, a wānanga targeted at tangata Māori promoting wellbeing and activity through connection with Māori and te taiao.
  • Wildnerness Canoe Trust - Provision of accessible and free and canoe journeys for children, young adults, and adults with a disability or special needs.
  • Matipo School - Povision and subsidy of the Matipo Primary School Outdoor Education schools camps.
  • Owhango Adventures - To develop and qualify Māori tour guides on the Whanganui River.
  • Sir Peter Blake Trust (BLAKE) - A three day, two night experience for year 7 and 8 students to explore and understand the marine environment.
  • Waitomo Caves Musuem - Provision of outdoor adventure activities and learning for local Waitomo schools.
  • Te Kōpuku High - Delievery of a water safety and surfing programme for year 9 and 10 students through a Tikanga Māori lens.
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