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Netball NZ to help grow next gen of leaders through new Government initiative

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye has announced a partnership with Netball New Zealand (NNZ), which will see $152,000 invested to create new youth development opportunities.

Netball Northern Zone will deliver the pilot, in partnership with secondary schools and Netball Centres. It will target Maori, Pasifika and other young people in the Mangere, Otahuhu, Manurewa, Howick, Pakuranga, Otara and Papakura areas of South Auckland.

“These opportunities are about inspiring and growing the next generation of leaders and also supporting them to give back to the community,” Ms Kaye said.

“The partnership with Netball NZ will see $152,000 invested in a pilot programme that will use sport as a vehicle to enhance health and wellbeing, and provide mentoring, leadership and volunteering opportunities for up to 500 young people.

“The pilot will involve secondary school students attending leadership workshops, then being given the opportunity to lead, manage or coach a secondary school junior Netball team or volunteer at a Netball Centre.”

The investment is being made under the Partnership Fund, which sees the Government co-invest with business, philanthropic, iwi and other partners to grow youth development opportunities.

New partnerships announced by the Government so far this year have seen over $2.8 million invested to provide more than 6000 new youth development opportunities across New Zealand.