Tararua District Office

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Sport Tararua is a satellite office of Sport Manawatu, contracted by the Tararua District Council to provide advocacy, support and direction for sport and physical recreation in the district.

Where are we?

Sport Tararua is based at Tararua District Council in Dannevirke  on Gordon Street.

What's on offer in the district?

Workshops and programmes

Sport Tararua runs a number of workshops and programmes aimed at upskilling the districts volunteers from local clubs, including coaches, managers, officials and administrators.

Check our events calendar to see what workshops are available.

If your interested in free resources and templates for your club sign up to our members area.


Through our   Schools Support  programme, we have regular contact with the 23 primary and two secondary schools where we promote our programmes including iMove and various events.

Find out more about iMove.


Visit our  Primary Schools page or our Secondary Schools page for further information.

We deliver programmes that are designed to get people physically active.  In the Tararua we  have Green Prescription classes which include a discussion on health topics such as diabetes, cardiac care or nutrition followed by an opportunity to do some physical activity.

Check out Green Prescription classes

What's going on in the Tararua?


Sport Tararua runs an annual Sportsperson of the Year Awards.

Categories include Sportsperson of the Year, Junior sportsperson of the Year, Coach of the Year, Administrator/Volunteer of the Year, Official of the Year, Team of the Year and Personality of the Year.


Sport Tararua administrates three different funding schemes on behalf of the Tararua District Council. They are:

  • International Representatives Fund (open all year)
  • Rural Travel Fund (March)
  • Creative Communities New Zealand Fund (March and September)

Download an application form from our funding section.

Bush Multisport Trust

Sport Tararua works very closely with the Bush Multisport Trust (BMST) administrator Angela Leatherby. BMST is based at Bush Sports Park and Stadium Pahiatua on Huxley Street in Pahiatua.

Facilities include stadium, lounge, turf and grounds all which are available for hire. BMST has 10 affiliated sports codes.  

 Visit BMST website

Your district coordinator

Kia ora, I am Natarsha Nikora the Sport Tararua District coordinator. My job is to promote an active community and to link the community to the services that Sport Manawatu provides. I am also able to provide support and advice to sport and recreation organisations, schools, health agencies, Iwi and the wider community. I coordinate and support events and projects that encourage our community to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

I am a local Dannevirke girl and a very passionate sports person who enjoys a good game of touch rugby, netball, basketball and I am a regular at the local gym. I believe the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders is a priority and look forward to working in the Tararua  district to promote the benefits of leading a healthy and active  lifestyle.