Tararua District Office

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Our Tararua office is a sattelite 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 Manawatu is based at the Tararua Business Network, 40 Denmark Street Dannevirke.

What's on offer in the district?

Workshops and programmes

Sport Manawatu runs a number of workshops and programmes aimed at upskilling the districts primary school teachers, 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 SportStart, Learn to Ride Cycle Safety and various events.

Find out more about SportStart.

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 phone support which will help you to achieve your health and fitness goals.

To find out more check out Green Prescription.

What's going on in the Tararua?


Tararua Sport Awards

Sport Manawatu coordinates the annual Tararua Sport Awards. Categories include Supreme Sport Award, Senior Sportsperson of the Year, Junior Female Sportsperson of the Year, Junior Male 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.

Tararua Go by Bike Day

In conjunction with Bike Wise Month, Sport Manawatu coordinates the annual Go by Bike Day event to encourage children and their families to use cycling as a means of everyday transport.

Enter your school or workplace here!

Community Events

Sport Manawatu support a number of community events that provide pathways towards a more active lifestyle through sport and recreational activities.

Here are a few community events we assit with:

Tararua Primary School Seven-a-Side Tournament
Rangitane Whanau Tryathlon
Wero a Marae
School sports events


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

  • International Representatives Fund (open all year)
  • Rural Travel Fund (February/March)

Download an application form from the Taraua District Council funding section.

Bush Multisport Trust

Sport Manawatu works very closely with the Bush Multisport Trust (BMST) administrator Kelly Christensen. BMST is based at Bush Multisport Park on Huxley Street in Pahiatua.

Facilities include stadium, lounge, turf and grounds all which are available for hire. BMST has 14 affiliated sports codes.  

 Visit BMST website and Facebook.

Your Recreation Advisor

Kia ora, I am Natarsha Nikora the Sport Manawatu Tararua Recreation Advisor. My job is to promote an active community and to link the community to the services that Sport Manawatu provide. 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 was born and raised in Dannevirke and I am happy to be able to raise my two children here in Tararua Country. I enjoy a variety of sports including touch rugby, netball, cycling 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 continue working in the Tararua district to promote the benefits of leading a healthy and active  lifestyle.

If you require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.