Netball, White Ferns winners in funding

The Silver Ferns will not have home court advantage for the 2023 Netball World Cup. Photo: Getty...
The Silver Ferns will benefit from the latest round of funding from HPSNZ. Photo: Getty Images
Netball and the White Ferns are the big winners in the latest High Performance Sport New Zealand investment announcement.

HPSNZ have confirmed a $36.8 million core investment programme for 2020 with no changes made to the funding for tier 1, 2 and 3 sports involved in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

"This approach is designed to give Olympic and Paralympic sports more certainty on which to base their transition from the Tokyo to Paris Olympic cycles and their preparations through the Paris cycle," says HPSNZ Chief Executive Michael Scott said.

Netball is the only sport with a significant boost while the women's cricket team will receive the biggest per-year increase.

Netball's funding has increased from $1.50 million to $1.88 million per annum for each of the next four years.

That will help it prepare for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and 2023 World Cup.

In another boost for women's sport, cricket's investment of $500,000 per year shifts from the Black Caps to the White Ferns for the next two years to support preparation for the 2021 ICC Cricket World Cup, to be hosted in New Zealand, and the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will feature women's T20 cricket.

In other changes, investment for rugby league has increased (up from $350,000 to $450,000), karate is a new sport to receive funding while boxing and surfing have had increases by $10,000.

There is decreased investment in softball (Black Sox down from $350,000 to $200,000, White Sox down from $30,000 to $0) and shooting (down from $155,000 to $55,000).

Scott says HPSNZ's investment decisions are based on the same four criteria for all sports: past performance; future potential; quality of the high performance programme and campaigns; and the individual sport context.

HPSNZ will make further changes to its investment process over the next 12 months, beginning in March 2020. At that time, an investment equivalent to 60-80% of current funding levels will be confirmed for targeted Summer Olympic and Paralympic sports for the four years of the Paris Olympic and Paralympic cycle.

Following the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, all sports will be assessed based on Tokyo performance, with final investment decisions to be announced in December 2020. This will include any remaining investment for tier 1 and tier 2 sports, along with investments in other sports and campaigns.

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