Our goal is to promote healthy lifestyles across our community by providing active sport & recreation opportunities for all ages.
The North Canterbury Sport & Recreation Trust was established in 1982, as a partnership between representatives of the North Canterbury community, Waimakariri District Council and Rangiora High School to raise funds for facilities to provide recreational and sporting activities to benefit the entire community. Some of the Trust's earliest Trustees included former Waimakariri District Mayor, the late Trevor Inch, former Rangiora High School Principal, Colin McIntosh and sports identity, Frank Rapley.
Today the Trust is chaired by Don Robertson, and its day to day running is the responsibility of CEO Michael Sharpe, who leads a team of experienced administrators and coaches across a range of facilities and community sporting activities.
One of Trust's first initiatives in the 1980s was to build a recreation facility at East Belt, Rangiora, now known as the Mitre10 Mega Sports Centre.
But since then the Trust has expanded both its commercial and charitable activities into a variety of recreational activities, while remaining committed to dedicating its surpluses and assets to the betterment of the North Canterbury community through its Charitable Objectives and Trust Deed.
The work of the Trust extends much further than providing gym and fitness facilities across the region. It is also involved with a number of school sports and community initiatives, including in-school coaching programmes, running trampolining, gym, fitness and dance classes for young people, organising indoor sporting competitions and events, providing administrative support for a number of sporting clubs, and providing a base for many community health initiatives.
The Trust also organises the North Canterbury Sports Awards, the Rakahuri Rage Mountainbike race, and hosts a charity golf tournament each year.
It requires commitment and an investment in a wide range of initiatives to build a highly productive community, in which individuals of all ages are encouraged to reach their full health, fitness and sporting potential. That's why the work of the North Canterbury Sport & Recreation Trust is so important.
To find out more please call or email us - see contact details below.
The Trust's Strategic Goals...
To be a leader in providing quality sports, health, education and recreation facilities and programmes in North Canterbury.
To ensure diverse participation and access to a wide range of programmes.
To provide opportunities for recreation, sport and physical activity in partnership with community education groups, schools and clubs.
To develop an administration cluster to provide facilities and professional administration services to North Canterbury sports clubs.
To be involved in a variety of community events, fundraisers and competitions that raises the profile of sport and recreation in North Canterbury.
To develop a strong, identifiable Trust brand.
To ensure a modern and flexible governance and management structure to deliver the charitable objectives of the Strategic Plan.
Community Trustee - Board Chair
Consultant at Prosser Quirke Limited (formerly a director for 30 years).
Justice of the Peace.
Chair North Canterbury Sport & Recreation Trust (>10 years).
Equestrian Sport New Zealand (ESNZ). Recently retired from the board. Still on Constitution Review, Facilities Review and Audit Finance & Risk.
Chair National Equestrian Centre Christchurch.
Trustee North Canterbury Equestrian Trust.
Patron Rangiora Pony Club.
Plus numerous other equestrian involvement over the years.
John Knox Presbyterian Parish rebuild.
Married to Janet (numerous equestrian involvement at both National & International level).
Two sons who both NZ representatives in their respective sports.
Community Trustee - Deputy Chair
Career journey traverses; border enforcement; supporting business sustainability and growth; enabling business clusters; developing and promoting visitor experiences; destination marketing campaigns; event development and supporting community event organisers; public and strategic communications; media and fundraising.
Involved with volunteering in North Canterbury for close to 30 years; Injury Prevention Waimakariri, Ashgrove Netball Club, Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust, North Canterbury Cycling Club, Waimakariri Community Arts Council, and the North Canterbury Sport & Recreation Trust.
Varied personal interests; outdoor adventures; hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, exploring Aotearoa; creative endeavours; knitting, sewing, interiors, repurposing; gardening; getting hands in the soil, growing food; and learning Te Reo Māori.
Tony Hall, CNZM
Founding director of Community Colleges New Zealand, committed to equitable educational opportunties for foundation learners.
Held governance positions in the sport, education and business sectors; Chancellor Lincoln University, Canterbury University, New Zealand Olympic Committee, and selector for Commonwealth and Olympic Games, Sport Canterbury, North Canterbury Sport & Recreation Trust, Waikuku Surf Life Saving Club, Tātai Whetū Waitaha, Rangi Ruru Girls School, CORE Education and Ownership Trust, Tertiary Education Commission, New Zealand Qualifications Authority, MainPower Trust, Enterprise North Canterbury.
Lifetime of sporting interests and endeavours including inaugural Round the North Island two-man sailing race, two and one day Coast to Coast competitor and continued in the role of event management, marathons including Rotorua, New York and London.
Spare moments of time involve; keeping fit; looking after a small farm, and being a sideline supporter for mokopuna sport; rugby, hockey, swimming, athletics, mountain biking, surf life-saving and golf.
Barrister, solicitor and partner of Brandts-Giesen McCormick. Andrew's practice is predominantly focused on criminal trial work and sports law. He regularly conducts trials in the District and High Courts on all types of cases ranging from class A drug offending; serious sexual offending and homicides.
Andrew has a good understanding of integrity and conduct in the sport and recreation sector having experience in advising organisations in the recreation and education sectors. He regularly represents athletes and organisations in judicial hearings convened either at regional or national level including; Gymnastics New Zealand, Canterbury Rugby League, Bowls Canterbury, Canterbury Rugby Union NPC Team, Canterbury Women’s Rugby Farah Palmer Cup team, Matatū Super Rugby Aupiki team, Canterbury Rugby League, Christchurch Metro Cricket Association and Tennis New Zealand.
Voluntary service to; Chair Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub, North Canterbury Sport & Recreation Trust, St Bede’s College Board of Trustees, Odyssey House Trust, Canterbury Rugby League Board, Christ the King Primary School Board of Trustees, NZLS Canterbury Westland Branch, the Litigation and Publications Committees. Andrew enjoys spending time with his three daughters and wife Megan, who is a pharmacist.
Over 40 years involvement in the men's clothing apparel industry in both retail and wholesale. Director of
'Sergios Retail Group’, including Sergios and Boss stores in Christchurch, Queenstown and Auckland. Closely involved with developing a strong retail brand, managing a dedicated team and continuing to grow the business.
Hockey player, coach, and umpire since late teens and still currently playing Masters for the Harewood
Hockey Club. Played hockey for the Rangiora Hockey Club and served 14 years on the Rangiora Club committee and three of these years as Club President. Involved with a group of like-minded hockey enthusiasts in the early 2000's to reshape and rebuild the Rangiora Hockey Club to what it is today, 300
plus members and a fantastic turf facility on Coldstream Road.
As a North Canterbury Sport & Recreation Trustee, Kevin feels privileged to work alongside fellow trustees
to continue to bring North Canterbury sports and recreational facilities for young and old to enjoy.
Living in Rangiora for 30 years with wife Jo, they have two very grown up daughters.
Chartered Accountant in the Finance team at The New Zealand Merino Company for the past seven years.
Co-opted Trustee to the North Canterbury Sport & Recreation Trust for the past three years and have assisted the team with the year end financials and audit process since 2018.
Growing up in Rangiora, Hayley always had close connections with the NCSRT through attending Rangiora High School and filling in as a primary school sports coach, umpiring indoor social netball competitions and attending the North Canterbury Sports Awards as a member of Rangiora High School's team nominations!
Main interests are adventure racing, including Godzone, Spring Challenge, Coast to Coast and Spirited Women, running, biking, kayaking, pack rafting and multi-day hikes. Hayley considers herself pretty lucky to see the best parts of our country through adventure racing.
Living in Christchurch with partner Will and their border collie, Pipi, there are close connections to the North Canterbury area through family and friends living in the region.
Growing up in Kaiapoi and after some overseas travel in her early 20s, Angie returned to work, live and raise her family in Kaiapoi. Married to Chris, who also grew up in Kaiapoi, and they have two adult sons. Professional roles include; customer service, marketing, promotions and communication. In 2022 Angie graduated with a Master of Counselling qualification and now works as a Counsellor at Kaiapoi High School, work that is both challenging and very rewarding.
Angie has been involved in a wide variety of community organisations including sports clubs, preschool and school groups, and has volunteered as a telephone counsellor and an ESOL tutor.
She enjoys working alongside enthusiastic people for the betterment of our community.
Angie joined the NCSRT Board at the beginning of 2022. She is passionate about the North Canterbury region and the work undertaken by NCSRT to provide opportunities for everyone in our community to engage in sport and recreation activities for their improved health and wellbeing.
Travelling to new places, meeting new people, being active, spending time with family and following their sporting endeavours, and now learning Te Reo Māori, keeps life fun and interesting.
As a Chartered Principal Civil Engineer at the multi-disciplinary consultancy Davis Ogilvie & Partners based in Christchurch, Gary leads the civil team.
Living in Rangiora with his wife Cherylynn and two daughters since 2012, Gary was Chair of Ashgrove School Board of Trustees 2017 – 2020. Having enjoyed this governance experience, this led Gary to pursue studies in the Master of Administration and Business at the University of Canterbury.
With the experience of two daughters engaging in a number of sports and events associated with NCSRT; hockey, Waiswim, school holiday programmes, North Canterbury Primary Schools Swimming Championships and Winter Sports competitions, Gary has appreciated the benefits of the Trust's activities for his family.
As a family they like to mountain bike, tramp and take their springer spaniel for walks and swims. Gary also enjoys getting out locally to surf and run.
Gary has been appointed as a Community Trustee to the NCSRT in May 2023. It is the engagement, growth and positive health outcomes for our tamariki and greater community that drives Gary's desire to contribute his governance and technical skills to the NCSRT. He is looking forward to engaging with fellow trustees and staff to continue the great work being done for our community.
RHS Appointed Trustee
Principal of Rangiora High School, Bruce has a reputation for innovation and leading learning opportunities in the educational environments he works in. Previously Principal of Kaiapoi High School for 11 years, he has built a good understanding of the needs of rangatahi in North Canterbury and has strong links in the community. Winning the Prime Minister's Award in 2016 for Educational Excellence in New Zealand, Bruce has continued to strive for excellence, completing study with Havard Graduate School of Education in 2018, and the Havard Business School in 2021.
A committed educator, enabler and influencer in the lives of many people, Bruce has taught, and led teams in; Cashmere High School, Christchurch Boys’ High School, Shirley Boys’ High School and St Paul’s Collegiate School. An early career step involved Bruce working with Elldridge Lynch & Associates as a foreign currency broker.
In addition, Bruce contributes to; Canterbury West Coast Principal’s Association Executive, Secondary School Sports Canterbury Executive, Canterbury Education Services Board, Delving Deeper Cross Sector Conference Group, Ministry of Education School Support Reference Group and You Me Us Kaiapoi.
Interests include; family, basketball, running, reading and music.
RHS Appointed Trustee
Simon Green is an experienced educator with over 25 years working as a teacher and Principal in North Canterbury Schools. He currently works as a Principal Advisor, supporting beginning principals across the Canterbury and Otago regions.
Most recently, Simon had the privilege of leading Amberley School as tumuaki for six years. Before that, he led North Loburn School for eight years. He has mentored many beginning principals and was part of the leadership team of the Puketeraki Kahui Ako.
Simon has a long association with supporting North Canterbury clubs across multiple sporting codes. He has been a committee member for the Rangiora Hockey club and was a member of the Arthurs Pass Outdoor Education Trust for 10 years.
Simon is the Presiding Member of the Rangiora High School Board and is a proud past pupil of this school. He thrives on establishing and maintaining connections in our wider community.
He lives in Rangiora with his wife, Rebecca, and has three children. Simon has spent all his life in North Canterbury and in his spare time he enjoys tramping, mountain biking as well as playing and coaching hockey.
WDC Appointed Trustee
A former lawyer and partner in Corcoran French, having retired early in 2017 to pursue an interest in local government. This interest began when Philip was first elected to the then Kaiapoi Borough Council in 1980. Currently in his second term as a Waimakariri District Councillor, Philip is one of the Council's representatives on the NCSRT, is Chair of the Council's Community and Recreation Committee, also holding the Roading Portfolio and a member of the District Licensing Committee.
Strong interest in governance and have memberships of various professional and community groups often as a life or honorary member. Awarded a QSM in 2019 for Community Service.
A trained secondary teacher and was President of the Sunday Soccer League in the 1980s.
Continues to be a strong supporter of sport and the benefit it brings to society and young people in particular. Philip's wife and three children have all played sport in North Canterbury, ranging from golf, squash, soccer, netball, rugby, tennis and athletics, and his grandchildren are also involved in sport in the area at a junior level.
WDC Appointed Trustee
Joan was educated at Ohoka Primary School, and Rangiora High School.
Married to David for 58 years, they have three grown adults, Andrew, Greg and Karen, and 8 grandchildren.
The Ward family owned Continental, a catering and event hire business for 53 years. Continental operated across the South Island, both remotely and with venues in Christchurch, Blenheim and Rangiora where its main base was located.
In 2008 Joan was chairperson of the Dudley Aquatic Centre Fundraising Committee.
Joan's retirement plan involved giving back to the community in which she knows so well, and in 2019 Joan was elected as a Councillor for the Waimakariri District Council.
Re-elected as a Waimakariri District Councillor representing the Rangiora Ward in 2022, Joan has joined the NCSRT Board as one of the Council's representatives.
Interests include family, garden, and love of the outdoors, especially fishing.