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Hine Manawa Rau – Women in Sport Network

Join us! Hine Manawa Rau – Women in Sport Network

Women in Sport Aotearoa works with many individuals who share our vision to ensure wāhine and kōhine are valued, visible and influential. You can join us by liking and following our social media accounts.

Hine Manawa Rau is a nationwide community of practice that aims to connect like-minded individuals, groups or organisations working towards a more equitable sport and active recreation sector for women/wāhine and girls/kōhine in Aotearoa. Through collaboration, sharing resources, learning from others and activating plans in a combined effort, we are far more likely to drive a whole of system change at a more rapid rate.

The name was generously gifted by Taiaha Hawke from Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei – Hine Manawa Rau – “Women of multiple qualities and possibilities” – formed to deepen those connections to proactively design and integrate solutions and initiatives that create positive and lasting system change for women and girls. 

The network comprises Regional Sports Trusts, National & Regional Sporting Organisations and Not For Profits across Aotearoa and already has 17 partners on board, with more in the pipeline. The network currently meets bi-monthly online to share ideas, hear from guest speakers and discuss solutions together. 

For more information about Hine Manawa Rau or to find out how you can become a partner, please get in touch with Merran Brockie-David here

Our Partners:


Women in Sport Waitaha

Women in Sport Waitaha is a local network of leaders, movers and shakers,
 influencers, participants and supporters of Women & Girls within Sport & Recreation.
Their vision is to achieve equity for women and girls to be active in Waitaha. Click here to see more info. 

Women in Sport Otago

Women in Sport Otago achieve equity of opportunity for women and girls in sport and active recreation.

Women in Sport Murihiku

Women in Sport Aotearoa was officially launched on 8 March 2017 and in late 2018, we were delighted to see Southland become the first region in New Zealand to form a local network under our banner. Women in Sport Murihiku was inspired into being after a presentation by co-founder and co-chair, Julie Paterson. It includes members from across the Southland community, including representatives from community funders, local government, businesses and the sports sector. You can read more about it in the Southland Times. 

  Allies of Gender Equality for Sport in Aotearoa

Allies of Gender Equality for Sport in Aotearoa is an opportunity to create an Ally programme and opportunity that provides education and opportunity for all to contribute, empower and support women in sport in Aotearoa.

Allies of Gender Equality for Sport in Aotearoa is encouraging those who are passionate about supporting gender equity to join the Allyship programme by signing up at the website.

Aktive Auckland 

Aktive is committed to improving opportunities, value and visibility for women and girls, and supporting their potential through active recreation and sport.

Auckland Rugby League

Auckland Rugby League exists to grow players, support clubs to thrive, build commercial value and have leading facilities for Rugby League in the Auckland region.  

Basketball New Zealand

Basketball New Zealand is the national governing body for basketball in New Zealand, responsible for organizing and promoting the sport at all levels. Basketball New Zealand has a specific focus on supporting and growing the sport for women, including initiatives such as the Women in Basketball strategy to increase participation, coaching, and leadership opportunities for women in the sport.

Harbour Sport

Harbour Sport are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive sporting system, through encouraging a community of change, that empowers women and girls at every level of sport, active recreation and play.

Kiwi Padel

We are Aotearoa’s first Padel court provider. We see an amazing opportunity for this fast growing sport to be a huge success in New Zealand. PADEL holds a strong appeal for women. Factors such as fun, simplicity, social aspects, and its relatively low physical demands play a crucial role in attracting women to the sport.
These elements have contributed to making padel one of the most popular sports among women.

NXT Gen Network

The NXT Gen Network is a collective of young professionals who are involved and/or interested in the play, active recreation and sport sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Their vision is for young women to be empowered to realise their full potential in the sector and for the NXT Gen voice to be heard and valued.

Nuku Ora

Nuku Ora is a concept that represents activity, movement, life, and joy. It encompasses the outcomes that they want to achieve in our region and reflects our vision of “Hauora. Everyone active, healthy and happy.”

New Zealand Cricket

A game for all New Zealanders, a game for life. Women & Girls initiatives include the Female Leadership Development Framework, Girls Smash & Yeah! Girls. 

Replay NZ

We all benefit when our communities are active but a great many of our tamariki and rangatahi face challenges with trying to do so.
One of these challenges is not having the right sport gear. Here at REPLAY, along with our network, we aim to help increase the opportunity for participation levels by connecting (new and used) donated sports gear to those in our community who need it.

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti 

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti mission is, Ka topa te manu ki te rangi – Expanding horizons for an active, healthy, connected Te Tairāwhiti.

Sport Northland

Their vision, all Northlanders leading better lives through involvement in play, active recreation and sport.

Sport Hawkes Bay 

Sport Hawkes Bay strive to have their communities engaged and working together to create events and opportunities over a period of time. Females get to be a part of a group that puts the female at the centre, life skills are learnt through empowerment, decision-making, group work and confidence-boosting situations.

Sport Manawatu

Their vision is to get “everyone active everyday”. In order to accomplish this, Sport Manawatu’s mission is to lead their region to increase participation in sport and active recreation. Everything they do is about making it easier for people to play at sport, recreation in sport and compete in sport.

Sport Waitakere

At Sport Waitākere, our purpose is to help people lead better lives. We do this through providing programmes, workshops, activations, mentoring, resources, events and support at low to no cost to our community.

Selwyn Sports Trust

Our vision is to To inspire the whole Selwyn community to participate in active recreation through opportunities and leadership.

Warriors Community Foundation

The Warriors Community Foundation is dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of young people in New Zealand through education, health, and sports initiatives. While the organization’s programs are aimed at supporting young people of all genders, the foundation has a particular focus on empowering young women and girls through initiatives such as League in Libraries, Women in League Round and Tupu Maia programme.

World Off-Road Riding Department

WORD, World Off-road Riding Department, is a rad youth mountain bike charity based in Aotearoa. We run after school programmes and holiday camps for kids age 7-17 years old in the Wellington Region, Wānaka and Ōtautahi. In 2013 WORD was founded by Ashley Peters with the mission to save the world one ride at a time!


Women in Sport Aotearoa continue to seek interest from people and organisations interested in joining the national network. Please contact our Programme Manager.

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