Halberg Disability Sport Foundation
Our vision is for an inclusive New Zealand.
Our mission is to enhance the lives of physically disabled New Zealanders by enabling them to participate in sport and recreation.
“He waka eke noa, mō Aotearoa whānui”
We are all in this waka together, for all the people of New Zealand.
The Halberg Disability Sport Foundation is a charitable organisation founded in 1963 by Olympic legend, Sir Murray Halberg (ONZ) on the belief that all people, regardless of their ability, should have equal opportunity to enhance their lives through sport and recreation. Since 1963, the Foundation has worked tirelessly to make Sir Murray's vision a reality for New Zealand's physically disabled people.
The core work of the Foundation includes a team of regional Advisers throughout New Zealand. These dedicated and expert staff work with physically disabled young people and their families to get them involved in sports and recreation. They also collaborate with schools, local sport and recreation organisations, facilities and clubs to raise awareness and capability for the provision of inclusive sports programmes and events.
The Foundation delivers Halberg NET – an inclusive training course on adapting physical activity to include all New Zealanders in mainstream activities, events and programmes. The aim of a Halberg NET is to increase knowledge and skills of teachers and sport deliverers to give them the confidence and resources to deliver quality sporting opportunities to all.
The Foundation also hosts the Halberg Junior Disability Games a national, three day sports competition for physically disabled and vision impaired young people aged eight - 21 years. The Games give the attendees the opportunity to compete against other young people with similar impairments and pursue further sports goals.
The Halberg Activity Fund provides grants to physically disabled young people (under 21 years) to help overcome the financial barriers that prevent them from participating in sport and recreation. These grants help pay for sports equipment, lessons and assistance at school camps.
The Foundation's flagship fundraising event is the Halberg Awards, New Zealand's pre-eminent sports awards to honour and celebrate sporting excellence.
With the generous support of our sponsors, partners and funders, we can continue this important work. On behalf of Sir Murray Halberg, we thank you for your support.