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RST Profile: North Harbour


SupportersSPARC is pleased to release regional profiles from the 2007/08 Active New Zealand Survey.

This report is one of 17 regional profiles being released by SPARC – one for each of the 17 regional sports trust (RST) catchment areas. It provides a snapshot of sport and recreation participation levels among adults, both as participants and volunteers, as well as how many adults are physically active.

The regional profiles are drawn from the national results outlined in the Active New Zealand ‘Key Results’ report released in November 2008. The Active New Zealand Survey was the first of its kind conducted by SPARC and was the most comprehensive national survey of sport, recreation and physical activity done in this country. It was a huge undertaking involving face-to-face interviews with more than 4,000 New Zealanders. At least 200 interviews were conducted in most regions.

In each of the 17 regional reports, regional findings are presented and compared with the national profile of sport, recreation and physical activity. The analyses show some interesting findings, especially in terms of the physical activities adults participate in across different parts of the country.

This report is a tool RSTs and other regional bodies can use to help understand the sport and recreation engagement of their communities, providing assistance in planning for the future. Regional sports trusts and other regional partners play an important role in supporting and promoting sport and recreation in New Zealand and SPARC hopes this report will aid them in those tasks.

Finally, I would like to thank the following people and organisations who helped this project come to fruition: all the participants who freely gave their time to participate in the survey; the Ministry of Health, Statistics New Zealand and Dr. Karen Moy who assisted with the design of the survey; Nielsen for undertaking the survey; and the SPARC Research Team which managed the survey, analysed the data and wrote this report.


Peter Miskimmin
Chief Executive SPARC