December 2017,

High Performance Reconfirms Core Investment for 2018

High Performance Reconfirms Core Investment for 2018

High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) today reconfirmed the $35 million core investment programme for 2018 announced last December as the organisation re-set for Tokyo 2020.

The investment represents the second year of either two or four-year funding agreements with National Sport Organisations (NSOs), Paralympics NZ and the NZOC, providing support in the areas of high performance leadership, coaching, international competition, training camps and pathway development for targeted and campaign sports.

Confirming the announcement, HPSNZ acting Chief Executive Pete Pfitzinger commented:

“Our investment philosophy is based on a performance driven approach. Key to the success is a customised and balanced portfolio that is wide enough to ensure we have enough medal opportunities for conversion, but narrow enough to impact performance and increase the probability of repeatable success.”

The 2018 investment programme follows detailed performance reviews with 13 targeted and eight campaign sports. Decisions are based on four criteria: past performance; future potential; quality of the individual sport’s high performance programme and campaigns; and aspects of the individual sport context.

Today’s announcement reaffirms the partner investment schedules confirmed last year, with a small number of changes. Cycling NZ and Canoe Sprint NZ have their core investment extended until 2020 and $340k of operational savings achieved by HPSNZ over the past year will now be redistributed to sports:

  • Cycling NZ receive an increase in core funding of $200k
  • Paralympics NZ will receive an additional $25k one-off investment to support the games delivery for the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games
  • In campaign sports, Men’s Softball will receive an increase of $50k to support their preparation for the 2019 World Cup while Long track speed skating will receive a $20k one-off package to support preparation for the men’s team pursuit at next year’s Winter Olympic Games.
  • Following an increase for Natalie Rooney last year, Shooters Chloe Tipple and Owen Robinson will each receive $15k to support preparation for the Commonwealth Games and international coaching while Squash’s Paul Coll is also set to receive $15k towards his Commonwealth Games doubles preparation and his campaign to become World #1.


Outlining the investment allocations Pfitzinger acknowledged:

“While a number of the decisions announced are part of the previous multi-year announcement, today’s decisions provide an opportunity to refine and balance the aggregated needs of NSOs with our system leadership responsibilities. Our approach to investment is tailored based on need and impact and fundamental to the success is the shared partnership between HPSNZ and our system partners”.

With the two-year funding agreements for many NSOs set to conclude at the end of 2018, a new round of investment decisions will be announced in December 2018 through to Tokyo 2020.

Download: Investment Brochure 2018