Regional sports connecting all Northlanders - Nāku te rourou, nau te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi

The Northland Sports Coalition (NSC)  was formed in 2015 on behalf of Northland’s regional sporting organisations, with the idea of supporting and advocating for the on-going development of sport.

The NSC aims to strengthen the engagement between sport and the various Northland councils, along with identifying areas of common interest and advocating for regional co-operation on sport, active recreation and play issues in Northland.​​​​​

The Northland Sports Coalition (NSC) is a forum of members which exists to speak on behalf of and collectively support, promote and advocate for the on-going development of sport in Northland.


  • Speak as a collective voice for active recreation and sport on behalf of the member organisations
  • Strengthen engagement and voice of active recreation and sport with Northland Councils
  • Provide submissions to Northland Councils on matters of planning and infrastructure
  • Ensure regional awareness of challenges, issues and opportunities affecting the provision of active recreation and sport in the region
  • Develop and recommend solutions-based initiatives to enhance regional participation in active recreation and sport
  • Identify areas of common regional interest and advocate for regional cooperation on active recreation and sport issues in these areas
  • Collaborate on other regional active recreation and sport initiatives that may arise from time to time
  • Provide a Te Ao Māori perspective


  • Development of Kōkiri ai Te Waka Hourua - Northland Play, Active Recreation and Sport Strategy – Current
  • Northland Balance is Better project – Current
  • Working in partnership with NSO’s, RSO’s and the wider Sport Sector through a kaupapa Māori approach to increase Māori participation & engagement across all levels of sport
  • Professional Development opportunities for Northland RSO Boards and Staff – (Board 101 & 102 workshops, Volunteering Northland Governance Bites Sessions, CE/GM development opportunities)
  • Establishment and facilitation of the Northland Sports Governance Forum, which has sees regular forums and professional development/critical networking for RSO chairs/deputy chairs - current
  • Centralised list of potential board members database (see here for more information)
  • Promotion of Sport in Media – (see here)
  • Structure of Seasons agreement between codes at Kensington Park
  • Legends of Sport Display at Pohe Island – Current
  • Regular submissions made to all four Councils plans - both NSC and encouraging RSOs to submit through the provision of information/suggested wording - current
  • St John Service which is available at Kensington Park for winter codes (see here)
  • Successful endorsement/support of the continuation of the NorthTec Sport and Recreation programme at Kensington

An Executive exists and is responsible for recommending back to the full membership (40 Northland RSOs affiliated to Sport Northland) what initiatives/work will be undertaken by the NSC. The Executive comprises of up to 11 representatives, six elected by NSC member sports organisations, four members appointed, one from each of Northland’s Councils and one from the Northland District Health Board.  Sport representatives are nominated for the category their sport sits in by the governance groups of the member organisations.

Representatives are from the following categories of sports:

  • Water based (1 representative)
  • Grass fields (3 representatives)
  • Indoor (1 representative)
  • Other (1 representative)
  • Northland Councils (4 representatives)
  • Northland District Health Board (1 representative)

Water Based Sports
Tia Lord – Northland Surfing Association

Grass Field Sports
Josh Hyde – Northland Rugby (Community Rugby Manager) Email - 
Steven Beazley – Touch NZ (Northland Community Team Leader) Email -  
Dave Mullan (NSC Chair) – NorthGolf Association (Club Development Officer) Email -  

Indoor Sports
Josh Port – Northland Basketball (General Manager) Email -  

Other Sports
Anna Hewitt – Parafed, Parafed Northland (Active Recreation and Sport Coordinator) Email -  

Northland Councils
Roger Ackers / Dan Bowmer – Far North District Council 
Mark Schreurs – Kaipara District Council 
Gemma Aspden – Whangarei District Council (Parks and Recreation Manager)
Phil Heatley – Northland Regional Council (Strategic Projects Manager)

Non-Sporting Organisations

Leanne Emtage – Nga Tai Ora, Public Health Northland
Natasha Hemara – Kamo High School (Principal)

For further information, contact Joey Yovich, Regional Sport Connector, at