Grant Robertson announces $950,000 funding boost for NZ women's sport

Women's sport in New Zealand has received a $950,000 boost, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced on Monday.

The funding comes from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced in July 2020, and will be used to support next year's IWG World Conference on Women in Sport, to be held in Auckland. 

"The conference is a chance to celebrate the progress New Zealand has and continues to make for women and girls in play, active recreation and sport and society as a whole," Minister Robertson said in a statement.

"It also provides the opportunity to advance even more change as one of four major events in the country over the coming three years. It’s important that we ensure this event is as successful as it can be.

"The IWG shares in this vision and provides an opportunity to connect New Zealand with the global conversation on gender equity in sport."

Women in Sport Aotearoa (WISPA) have welcomed the funding boost, coming on UN International Women's Day 2021.

"We are extraordinarily grateful for this investment from government; it is transformational in terms of what we can achieve," WISPA Chief Executive Rachel Froggatt said.

"We would like to especially thank Minister Robertson and the Board and senior leadership at Sport New Zealand for their support and faith in our mahi."

WISPA was established in late 2016, aiming to ensure women and girls are given equal opportunities to participate, compete in and establish careers in sport in New Zealand. 

The 2022 IWG World Conference on Women in Sport will be the eighth, coming after the 2018 edition, held in Botswana.