Sport and Recreation Knowledge Library

Welcome to the Sport and Recreation Knowledge Library (the Knowledge Library). The Knowledge Library is for all those working or interested in sport and recreation in New Zealand – practitioners, researchers, students, policy makers and planners.

Purpose of the Knowledge Library

The Knowledge Library brings together in one repository New Zealand-based sport and recreation research projects – underway and completed. Read more…

New Research

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The early experience of general practitioners using Green Prescription

Sedentary lifestyle is a significant risk factor for increased morbidity and mortality in many medical conditions. A Hillary Commission initiative. Green Prescription is a written exercise prescription given by general practitioner (GPs) to... Read more

Gaming Funding into the Sport and Physical Activity/ Recreation Sector 2012. In Fact. Sport NZ Knowledge Factsheet (4)

Every year national gaming machine societies (Class 4 gaming) distribute a significant amount of funds to the sport and recreation sector in New Zealand.  Grants from all the gaming machine societies contribute an estimated $120 – 130... Read more

Research Underway

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The Effect of Reduced Ankle Dorsiflexion and Ankle Bracing on Lower Extremity Mechanics in Elite Secondary School Netball Players

Restricted ankle dorsiflexion ROM is associated with common netball injuries such as knee ligament sprain, patellar tendinopathy and patellofemoral pain syndrome. This is thought to be due to compensatory kinematic and kinetic changes elsewhere in... Read more

Sport and Recreation Recovery Programme

This Sport and Recreation Recovery Programme is a living document, and feedback is encouraged. Canterbury’s sport and recreation landscape has changed significantly as a result of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. The Sport and Recreation... Read more

Clearinghouse for Sport


The Clearinghouse for Sport website connects sports people with complementary expertise and helps facilitate the exchange of information and knowledge across the sport sector. Membership is free.

The Clearinghouse for Sport complements the Sport and Recreation Knowledge Library by providing an Australasian and international doorway to sport and recreation knowledge.

Sport NZ online toolkit

Tell your sport and recreation story!

You know how valuable your organisation is. This self-help research toolkit can help you tell others…potential and current members, funders, planners and more. It can also help you reflect on what you do, and how to do it better Have a look.

Also find completed case study research on the value of sport and recreation on this website here.


Visual Knowledge

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The Runner

The Runner from Mike Heydon on Vimeo.

This short film is a great little story of a lifelong runner Michael Browne, which captures what is special and motivating about running to Michael – from...

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Sport and Recreation Case Study toolkit released

Sport NZ has produced a new Sport and Recreation Case Study toolkit. The toolkit  has been designed as an easy to use web-based resource to help sport and recreation organisations, facilities, and events understand and share the value of their... Read more

Governance in the New Zealand Outdoor Recreation Sector. In Fact. Sport NZ Knowledge Factsheet Series (1)

This In Fact factsheet is the first in a series that Sport New Zealand is producing to summarise key research we have funded. This factsheet summarises recent research on outdoor recreation governance in New Zealand. Little is known about... Read more

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand is building a comprehensive guide to our peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society.  This is an excellent free resource for all those interested in researching the history of sport... Read more