Silver Ferns, White Ferns, Kiwis big high-performance funding winners

The Silver Ferns' World Cup win has led to a major financial windfall for Netball NZ.
The Silver Ferns' World Cup win has led to a major financial windfall for Netball NZ. Photo credit: Newshub

The Silver Ferns, White Ferns and Kiwis are big winners from High Performance Sport NZ's 2020 investment programme.

The netball world champions have seen a bump in funding of $380,000 to $1.88m - guaranteed for each of the next four years - as they prepare for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and their World Cup defence in 2023.

Their windfall continues a remarkable turnaround for Netball New Zealand, after the Silver Ferns' disastrous fourth-place finish at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games last year.  

Cricket's White Ferns have received a cash boost ahead of two important seasons, with $500,000 shifted from the Blackcaps to their female counterparts, as they gear up for the 2021 World Cup in New Zealand and a T20 campaign at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

“The importance of funding certainty extends beyond Olympic and Paralympic sports," said HPSNZ chief executive Michael Scott.

"We are seeking to evolve our model to achieve this and on this occasion, we are delighted to be able to give greater support to elite women’s sport."

The Kiwis, currently the world's top-ranked rugby league side, have seen their funding increase by $100,000 to NZ$450,000 for the next 12 months.

Elsewhere, karate, boxing and surfing have seen increased investment with Olympic campaigns on the horizon, but softball has gone in the other direction.

The Black Sox are down from $350,000 to $200,000, after striking out at their world championships, while the White Sox women will receive no funding in the next 12 months.

Rowing remains the most-funded sport with $5.1m for the year, ahead of cycling ($4.4m), yachting ($3.8m) and athletics ($3.23m).