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WATCH: Tracey Prince Puketapu, Acting CEO at Recreation Aotearoa

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Leadership from Lockdown

This week we welcomed Tracey Prince Puketapu, Acting CEO, Recreation Aotearoa

13.30 – 14.15 pm NZT, Friday 15 May 2020


Lockdown has brought recreation to an unprecedented standstill over the past few weeks, with people limited to only the activities they can do at home or in their immediate neighbourhoods. Popular outdoor activities including surfing, boating, swimming, hiking, fishing and hunting were all restricted in New Zealand under Level 4, with a slight loosening in Level 3. The public was advised not to undertake any activity that had the potential for risk, to prevent pressure on emergency services and hospitals already bracing themselves for COVID-19. Recreation Aotearoa is New Zealand’s leadership body for the recreation sector, representing all professionals in the industry. It works to ’empower our members to deliver the quality Recreation experiences, places and facilities, that fuel a more active, healthy and connected New Zealand.’ As New Zealand drops to Level 2, it’s a timely moment to catch up with Tracey Prince-Puketapu, to understand the impact of COVID-19. She will talk about helping people to get moving again and how social distancing rules will continue to impact freedom of choice and movement.

Tracey Prince-Puketapu has been in the Recreation Industry for over 18 years in various roles including lifeguard, facility manager and for the past 7 years, as Aquatics Programme Manager at Recreation Aotearoa. In her current role as Acting CEO Tracey is endeavouring to provide leadership for her team and the industry through the challenging time presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. She is keen to explore the opportunities for the recreation sector that are emerging through COVID-19. In her spare time, Tracey loves off-road running and generally spending time outdoors recreating in the sunny capital of New Zealand.

This week’s moderator: journalist and commentator, Rikki Swannell!

After a fantastic effort moderating week one through four of this new series, we were thrilled to welcome Rikki back again for week six!

Rikki has been a sports broadcaster for 15 years, and now works in a freelance capacity as a commentator and reporter. She can largely be heard on Sky Sport, where she is a regular commentator on netball, rugby and tennis, and on the World 7s series, working for World Rugby. She started her career as a journalist at Radio Sport and Newstalk ZB and has covered everything from snooker and darts, to cricket and rowing, Olympic and Commonwealth Games and various World Cups. Since going it alone in 2016, Rikki has diversified to become an accomplished event MC, long form print and online writer, media advisor and trainer and web copy-writer. She has a keen interest in the business of sport, governance and media issues. Rikki has kindly provided her services free, to help this series.

Those interested in working with Rikki should contact her on We highly recommend her!

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