$48,000 in travel grants made to junior sports groups

Published on 24 April 2023

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Getting to training and tournaments should be easier this year for over 30 rural junior sports teams after the district’s three community boards granted more than $48,000 towards travel costs.

The Rural Travel Fund subsidises travel outside of school time for rural teams aged between 5 to 18 years old. The aim is to remove travel cost as a barrier to participation in regular sporting competition. The fund is part of the Active Aotearoa Programme and is administered in the Far North by the Te Hiku, Kaikohe-Hokianga, and Bay of Islands-Whangaroa community boards.

Two funding rounds take place each year, usually the first round at the start of the calendar year is for winter sports and the second round at the end of the year is for summer sports.

Te Hiku Community Board granted $9,325 towards six local sports groups. They are:

  • $3,000 to Te Rarawa JMB
  • $2,500 to Aupōuri Rugby Football Club
  • $2,000 to Mangōnui Netball
  • $1,200 to Ahipara Boardriders
  • $425 to Pompallier Catholic School
  • $200 to Far North Phoenix Netball

Kaikohe – Hokianga Community Board made 15 grants totalling $18,530 to 14 local sports groups:

  • $2,295 to Mid North United Sport
  • $2,200 to Taiamai Ōhaeawai Junior Rugby
  • $1,615 to Broadwood Area School
  • $1,500 to Te Kura Taumata o Panguru (Summer)
  • $1,240 to Rāwene School
  • $1,200 to Northland College Waka Ama
  • $1,150 to Te Kura o Ōmanaia
  • $1,130 to Te Kura Taumata o Panguru (Winter)
  • $1,100 to Hokianga Sports Club
  • $1,000 to Kohukohu School
  • $1,000 to Ōkaihau College
  • $1,000 to Penekehi Netball Club
  • $1,000 to Te Kura Takiwā of Ōpononi
  • $800 to Ōkaihau Junior Rugby
  • $300 to Bay of Islands Netball

The board also provided a $10,000 top-up to the rural Travel Fund from its own funding pool to improve sports opportunities for tamariki in its area. 

Finally, Bay of Islands – Whangaroa Community Board made 13 grants totalling $20,695 to 11 sports groups:
  • $2,200 to Kāeo Rugby and Sports Club
  • $2,200 to Moerewa Tigers
  • $2,000 to Bay of Islands Swimming (Summer)
  • $2,000 to Bay of Islands Swimming (Winter)
  • $2,000 to Bay of Islands College (Summer)
  • $1,400 to Bay of Islands College (Winter)
  • $1,880 to Paihia Football Club
  • $1,645 to Kerikeri High School
  • $1,370 to Northland Inline Skating Club
  • $1,000 to Kapotai Kubs Netball
  • $1,000 to Moerewa Juniors Rugby
  • $1,000 to Moerewa Rugby
  • $1,000 to Russell Sports Club

You can read more information about funding on our website.


Photo credit: Sport New Zealand

Last updated 02 May 2023