In 2021 Hockey New Zealand, in collaboration with Associations, changed the way that we invest into our communities with the goal to create greater sustainable impact within our sport. A collaboration approach was favoured that saw our 32 Associations work together within 3 collectives across the country – Northern, Lower North and South Island. Further to this the South Island elected  to work in two distinct geographical areas

Funding was allocated to each collective on the basis of initiative proposals aligned to three outcomes:

1) Existing and/or new capability can be leveraged to build capability within the local and wider hockey network i.e. implementation of coach and umpire developer programmes across neighbouring Associations.

2) opportunity exists to extend hockey delivery beyond traditional hockey models with the goal of developing sustainable hockey participation i.e. satellite delivery of small sticks

3) Collaboration to deliver quality, inclusive and accessible participation and development opportunities for rangatahi (youth) aligned to a national framework and adaptable to local needs.

Outcomes & Impact

The Collectives all looked to target and deliver on the building capability initiative from the HNZ outcomes. This was mainly in the coach developer space (3 Collectives focused on this), with 2 Collectives working also in the officials space.

One collective looked to build on the Balance is Better space and produce educational resources for stakeholders to assist the delivery of the BiB messaging.

No Collectives chose to work in extending hockey delivery beyond traditional models or specific rangatahi initiatives, although it should be noted that collectives did collaborate on local age group development and festival/event experiences, which was outside of the community investment work.

Where Collectives were able to deliver on initiatives, they reported that they were pleased with the progress that they had made and the outcomes that resulted. They felt that the initiatives would benefit from being multi-year projects if funding allowed in future.

For Collectives who were not able to deliver due to covid restrictions, they did not see as much value in the initiative programme and had several challenges in engagement and agreement of purpose and utilisation of funding.


There was varied success within each collective. Some general feedback around the model:

  • Administration burden was high
  • 2 collectives were in favour of continuing with this type of model
  • 1 collective not in favour of continuing with this type of model
  • 1 collective not able to proceed in 2021
  • Challenging in some collectives to align on outcomes sought
  • Smaller associations in some collectives felt that they received greater value and had more impact with this model
  • Significant impact where initiatives were able to be delivered across all associations
  • Some Associations still at different points in their Balance is Better journey which made some aspects and initiatives challenging
  • Differing engagements across Associations was a challenge for some, with some Associations being much more invested than others
  • This model allowed for stronger networking and relationship building between Associations in some collectives


The levels of funding available for community investment for 2022 are similar to 2021 – approximately $150,000 has been budgeted. A mixed model approach has been taken, which considers each Collectives position, capacity and direction

Posted on Wednesday, 15 December, 2021 | Other