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What we do

Engineering Human Performance

Working together to redefine how winning happens

New Zealand has an amazing legacy of winning on the world stage. But exceeding expectations can never be taken for granted. We must never stand still and hope for one-off moments of brilliance.

To ensure a new world-beating era for New Zealand sport, we work together with National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) to identify existing strengths and push them further than ever before by using innovative approaches to sports science, technology and athlete wellbeing.

To do this, we have over 120 world class specialists in all the key areas which combine to promote winning performances.

In collaboration with NSOs, we place carefully chosen teams of experts around elite athletes and coaches, and through a holistic and collaborative approach, provide the additional resources, knowledge and inspiration needed to enhance their world-beating capability.


high performance specialists


areas of performance expertise


high performance centres

Strategic Priorities

  • Lead a highly effective high performance system that ensures resources are targeted and prioritised to deliver performance outcomes
  • Work in partnership to increase the stability and high performance capability of NSOs
  • Partner with NSOs to build world-leading coaching and high performance programme leadership
  • Deliver world-leading performance support for our athletes and coaches
  • Enhance the daily training and competition environments
  • Strengthen high performance athlete development systems
  • Lead an integrated and robust innovation, technology and knowledge programme to drive increased performance
Strategic Investment


invested by the New Zealand Government (92% direct to sport) in Core Investment, Performance Enhancement Grants (PEGs), Athlete Performance Support, Prime Minister Scholarships and Innovation & Technology.

International and Emerging

531 athletes

supported in areas including strength & conditioning, physiology, physiotherapy, performance health, psychology, performance nutrition, performance analysis, athlete life, coaching, performance planning and athlete development.

Practitioner Experience

500,000 hours

of support provided by our practitioners to high performance athletes and coaches across the Rio Cycle.

The Sports We Work With

Our targeted approach supports both targeted and campaign sports. It’s a balanced portfolio that’s wide enough to ensure we have enough medal opportunities, and narrow enough to impact performance and increase the chances of repeatable success.

To achieve this, we work in partnership and collaboration with the following targeted national sports organisations:


Target Sports

Athletics New Zealand

The national governing body for athletics in New Zealand

Canoe Racing New Zealand

The national governing body for canoe racing in New Zealand

Cycling New Zealand

The national governing body for cycling in New Zealand

Equestrian New Zealand

The national governing body for equestrian in New Zealand

Hockey New Zealand 

The national governing body for hockey in New Zealand

Netball New Zealand

The national governing body for netball in New Zealand

Rowing New Zealand

The national governing body for rowing in New Zealand

New Zealand Rugby

The national governing body for rugby in New Zealand

Yachting New Zealand

The national governing body for sailing in New Zealand

Snow Sports New Zealand

The national governing body for snow sports in New Zealand

Paralympics New Zealand

The national Paralympic committee for New Zealand

NZ Olympic Committee

The national Olympic committee for New Zealand

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