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New Zealand offers sporting assistance

Representatives from the New Zealand High Commission met with officials of the Ministry of Youth & Sports to gauge Government’s role in sports development and identify areas that require support. The Deputy High Commissioner Amanda Vercoe and Policy Officer Justine Roberts met with the Ministry’s permanent secretary Mr Josefa Sania, the director William Naisara and other senior […]

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January 24, 2016 10:16 am

Representatives from the New Zealand High Commission met with officials of the Ministry of Youth & Sports to gauge Government’s role in sports development and identify areas that require support.

DYS William Naisara and PS Josefa Sania with NZ Deputy High Commissione, Photo: DEPTFO
DYS William Naisara and PS Josefa Sania with NZ Deputy High Commissioner, Photo: DEPTFO

The Deputy High Commissioner Amanda Vercoe and Policy Officer Justine Roberts met with the Ministry’s permanent secretary Mr Josefa Sania, the director William Naisara and other senior officers of the ministry in Suva.

Ms Vercoe said they were looking at initiatives to develop sports for children in the Pacific region.

“It is currently in its planning stages and to apply our programme we are keen to get some input from potential countries,” 

She said the current key focus is that they would be looking at children aged five to twelve and using sports and physical activities as a vehicle for a healthier lifestyle.

“The programme is being looked at to roll out in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga in the first instance and we’re looking at a combination of sports programmes for established sporting clubs and assessing available infrastructure and potentially establish new structures where they are required,” .

She said they were also looking at cooperating with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education to build on existing activities and programmes and to provide some extra activities as well that promote healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.

“We are also looking at the use of sports ambassadors to promote healthy lifestyles, healthy eating and participation in sports and also looking at resources, equipment and supplies and potentially that include outdoor field work and community campaigns,” 

Meanwhile, the permanent secretary of the sports ministry, Mr. Josefa Sania, said they were happy about the opportunity to work with the New Zealand High Commission.

Mr. Sania said although they had programmes typically targeted at youths, they also had programmes targeted children and other citizens.

“The Ministry of Youth and the Ministry of Health have an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) really targeted at trying to use sports to promote healthy living with our citizens and a particular target area is our children,” 

“We would be happy to provide documentation for that to see how we can work together in that initiative and also see how we can come up with new initiatives we can mainstream into that policy arrangement,” 

He said that the establishment of the National Sports Holiday in Fiji also recognized the value and contribution that sports has made towards national development in the country.

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