Enjoying Run Mahana at Woollaston Estate on Sunday was, from left, Irene Post, Alana Crook and Tyler Goodall. Photo: Chris Symes/Shuttersport.

Sport and recreation in Tasman

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Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman says reports released today provide a useful snapshot of the Tasman region’s sport and recreation sector.

“The reports help to highlight the challenges and opportunities for the Tasman region’s sport and recreation sector,” says Dr Coleman.

Research released today shows 75 per cent (91,000) of people in the Tasman region participate in sport and recreation in any given week.

Each year 14 per cent (16,300) of adults in the Tasman region take part in one or more organised events, such as fun walks or runs.

“While these figures are encouraging, there’s room for improvement. People in the Tasman region are not immune to the global drift towards an increasingly sedentary lifestyle,” says Dr Coleman.

“New research also found that the sector contributes just over $97.6 million, or 1.6 per cent, of the region’s GDP.

“Together these reports show us the importance of local and central Government working together more closely with local and regional sporting organisations.”

Sport and Active Recreation Regional Profile: Tasman Region and The Economic Value of Sport & Recreation to the Tasman region are available at www.sportnz.org.nz/research.