13 Dec 2018

Cycling and football unscathed by damning reviews in latest funding

12:59 pm on 13 December 2018

Damning reports into their culture haven't cost cycling and football financially in the latest round of government funding for high performance sport.

Football Ferns players Paige Satchell and Sarah Morton.


Cycling will continue to receive $5.1 million in 2019, while women's football again receives half a million dollars.

Last week a report from Sport NZ recommended a major overhaul of sports funding because of a need to take into account the rights and welfare of top athletes.

However High Performance Sport New Zealand Chief Executive Michael Scott says they've used their existing investment criteria for this funding round.

"In 2019 we'll embark on the development of a longterm strategic framework for High Performance Sport New Zealand and we will be looking at our investment model and criteria going forward."

"We need to apply the criteria we've got right now, but in the future we will review that and pending the outcome of that review, which will include people from outside the organisation, there may be changes to our investment criteria."

Canoe Racing has been promoted to tier one status following another successful year and it receives a $400,000 increase to $ 1.9 million.

Following success at this year's Winter Olympics, Snow Sports has been elevated from targeted sport to tier two status with funding increasing to $2.25 million.

Womens K4 500m 2018 World Champs 
Lisa Carrington, Aimee Fisher, Kayla Imrie and Caitlin Ryan.

Womens K4 500m 2018 World Champs Lisa Carrington, Aimee Fisher, Kayla Imrie and Caitlin Ryan. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Part of Paralympics funding has been moved to Athletics New Zealand to allow them to distribute it to their para-athletes.

Squash and Olympic weightlifting both get an increase in financial support.

Women's softball has taken a cut following their unsuccessful World Championship campaign this year, while the men's softball gets extra to prepare for their world championships next year.

Most other sports receive the same amount as this year, while Commonwealth Games boxing champion David Nyika and surfer Paige Hareb have their funding doubled to $30,000.

There is a total investment next year of almost $36.2 million, an increase of $740,000.