Sport Manawatu is all about getting people of all ages active through sport, active recreation, and physical activity.

Supporting the Palmerston North City Council, the Manawatu, Horowhenua, and Tararua District Councils, and Horizons Regional Council with opportunities such as training for teachers and coaches, local and national funding, as well as amazing venues, and sports events.

Everything we do aims to increase participation and active recreation as we constantly strive to inspire over 500 clubs,
100 primary schools, 20 secondary schools, and over 40 regional sports organisations or club equivalents.


Manawatu Festival for Women & Girls in Sport & Active Recreation

12 October 2019 8:00 am - 20 October 2019 5:00 pm

Pedal Fit Programme 2019

15 October 2019 6:00 pm - 19 November 2019 7:30 pm

Womens Mountain Bike Skills

16 October 2019 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

W.I.C.K.E.D. Programme

16 October 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Racketlon – Whanau Fit Horowhenua

18 October 2019 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Women and Girls Celebration Lunch

20 October 2019 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


1209, 2019

Register for Women and Girls Celebration Lunch

September 12th, 2019|

Celebration & Reflection Lunch 20th October, 11am - 1pm Massey Sport & Rugby Institute Speaker: Farah Palmer Dr Farah Palmer (ONZM) is a former Black Fern (35 Tests, 1996-2006) captained the team to three consecutive Rugby World Cups, was inducted to the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2014 and has served on the New Zealand Māori Rugby Board since 2007. She was elected to the New Zealand Rugby Board in December 2016. She is also a senior lecturer in Massey University's School of Management and Director of the University's Māori Business & Leadership Centre (Te Au Rangahau).  

808, 2019

Promoting women’s sport on the menu at breakfast of champions

August 8th, 2019|

Article from George Heagney - 15:48, Aug 08 2019 Making women's sport more visible and encouraging young people are ways of promoting more females into sport, experts say. Sport Manawatū held a girls and women in sport breakfast at the Sport and Rugby Institute at Massey University on Thursday, where the group heard from guest speakers who talked about how they got to where they are in sport, then discussed ideas. Guest speakers were New Zealand Football president and FIFA executive committee member Johanna Wood, Manawatū under-19 netball co-captain Suraya Goss, player agent Kelly Evans and hockey coach Verity Sharland, who has taken the Central under-18 team to the past three national titles. Massey [...]

708, 2019

Tararua 7-a-side tournament results

August 7th, 2019|

67 teams competed in the 2019 Tararua Seven-a-side Tournament 🏑⚽️🏐🏉today. The outside teams battled showers and mud in the afternoon, but sport was again the winner on the day! We are immensely proud of the positive attitudes from the participating students, as the organising team from Sport Manawatu and the army of volunteers '"do it for the kids" and all those fantastic smiles (and maybe a few 'shivers' as the day went on).  Photos are uploaded on the Sport Tararua Facebook page. If you have some cracking action shots please message Sport Tararua! 😉 Thank you to all the Sport [...]

2305, 2019

Increasing the prospect of winning

May 23rd, 2019|

Dr Lana McCarthy graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy last week. Her research investigated ways in which captains and coaches have constructed the culture of our national netball team, the Silver Ferns. Media coverage and research about female high performance sport falls short compared to male sport in New Zealand, according to new research from Massey University PhD graduate Lana McCarthy. The 32-year-old, who graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy last week, found this lack of information on women’s elite sport an opportunity to conduct a very necessary major study. “The purpose of this research was to investigate the ways [...]

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