As proud supporters of our national rugby team, we want to help you get ready to cheer on the All Blacks!
Thanks to Cooper Tires NZ you will have the possibility to win 2 All Blacks Jerseys!!!
To do so? 2 things!

- Head to our Facebook post by following the link below.
- Like Parafed Auckland - Para Sport and Recreation👍 and Cooper Tires New Zealand 👍
- Comment with the name of the person you want to give the second jersey⌨🗣
The draw will be done the 17th of April at 3pm

Recruitment - Junior Inclusive Sports Club Coordinator

We are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated individual to lead our after-school sports programme for children with disabilities. The group consists of children aged 5-12 years with a wide range of physical, intellectual and visual impairments.

The Afterschool Inclusive Sports Club is based on developing fundamental movement skills through the introduction of structured play within different sports and activities.

Role: Junior Inclusive Sports Club Coordinator
Location: Pt. Chevalier School
Hours: 2 hours of delivery and coordination each week (for 6 weeks/term)

With the help of our core volunteers, you will plan, deliver and coordinate 6 consecutive weekly sessions within each of the 4 school terms. Sessions are based at Pt. Chevalier School on Tuesday afternoons, 3:30pm – 4:15pm. You will work approximately 2 hours each week on delivery and coordination, with an additional 2-3 hours of planning prior to the start of each term’s programme. A remuneration package per term will be provided.

You want to know more about the programme, click here.


Previous coaching experience and a strong understanding of fundamental movement skills is preferred. Whilst experience working with young children and/or those with disabilities is preferable, the ideal candidate needs to be adaptable, forward thinking and be passionate about helping young people with disabilities take part in physical activity. Disability and inclusion-specific training and advice can be provided to the right candidate. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience and knowledge for someone wishing to pursue a career in sport, teaching or working with people with special needs.

If this sounds like you and you’re interested in the position, please supply your CV and a short cover letter to Kate Owen, katie@parafedauckland.co.nz. Or for more info about the position please contact: Katie on 022 584 9667.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 18th April

Please find the Complete Job Description by clicking below.

Introducing our new partner - Access Community Health

Where are happy to welcome ACCESS to the Parafed Auckland family!

ACCESS is the name sponsor of our Strength and Conditioning programme.

They have been at the forefront of keeping people healthy and safe in their homes since 1927.

You can visit their website by clicking HERE.

Reminder of our S&C Sessions :

  • South: Wednesday evenings from 4:30-6:00pm, Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit Gym, 30 Bairds Road, Otara.

  • West: Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm, Crossfit Waitakere, 36 Bruce Mclaren Rd, Henderson

  • North: Thursday evenings from 4:30-5:30pm, Massey University Recreation Centre (Fitness Studio), Albany

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Parafed Auckland - A New Strategy for 2019 - 2022

Parafed Auckland has launched a revamped strategy that sets a new direction to improve the lives of people with disabilities across Auckland.

The purpose is to ensure the charity can thrive, inspire trust and strengthen participation in sport and recreation by all disabled Aucklanders.

Recent arrivals to the Parafed Auckland Board along with our experienced existing members have brought wave of new opportunities for the charity. The board’s first strategic priority has been to map out the core purpose and priorities for the organisation until 2022.

The strategy priorities inclusion and quality recreation and sport experiences for people living with disability as the main focus for the organisation. This will ensure the organisation has the maximum impact for its members but also on the wider goal of creating more inclusive communities

“Our new vision and mission ensure that Parafed Auckland is fully inclusive and the associated actions make this a unique strategy for disability sport. Whilst we cannot do everything for everyone, we remain strong in our promise that: if it’s not us that can help, we will find out who can”

Tom Smith, CEO.

Our Statement sets out and explains 4 new strategic pillars. They are:

·       What we do – our day to offer to members and clubs

·       What we say – how we communicate to members, clubs and stakeholders

·       How we fund it – how we make it all possible

·       Who and what we know – our data, insights and the impacts

“It has been a privilege to lead this important piece of work and I would like to thank all the members, clubs and sporting organisations who contributed thoughtfully to the process. “

Tom Smith, CEO.

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Lizzie Heads Home

Current Parafed Auckland staff member Lizzie Edgecombe has made the tough decision to move back to the UK to be closer to her family in October.

With 2 months to go until her departure we are starting the recruitment process early to allow time for a handover period.

“I’m gutted to be heading back to the UK at this very exciting time for Parafed Auckland with our new CEO Tom starting soon. However, I’m sure there is a great candidate for my role out there to continue the progress Parafed Auckland has made. Please share the job advert with your network to ensure we get the best possible candidates applying to become the new me!

My last day will be the 12th October after the 2018 Halberg Games so I’ll save the soppy stuff until then.”

New CEO announced

Parafed Auckland are incredibly excited to announce the organisations new CEO, Tom Smith, who will be starting his position in mid-August. An experienced manager & leader in sport Tom has acquired over 12 years of experience and knowledge in the disability sport sector, working nationally for The England Wales Cricket Board, Sport England and Special Olympics GB.

Tom said: ‘This is an amazing opportunity for me to be involved with disability Sport in New Zealand. Parafed Auckland is an exciting organisation and I’m looking forward to the challenge of how we grow and provide more opportunities for people with disabilities.’

Chairperson Grant Sharman had the pleasure of catching up with Tom at Lord’s Cricket Ground!

Key Experience:

  • 16 years working in sports and physical activity sectors, with a focus on disability sport
  • Comprehensive experience developed across: Sport England, Governing Body, Local Government and Charity sectors
  • Was disability Lead on Whole Sport Plans for 12 NGBs
  • Responsible for National Strategy development for Disability & Youth Cricket
  • Budgetary and business planning for national programmes
  • Extensive project and programme management and delivery
  • Has a strong understanding of Special Olympics through period working with the organisation and as a board member.                                                                                               

Recent Roles: 

  • National Growth Manager, Disabilities for England and Wales Cricket Board
  • For 3 years as Senior Manager Disability with Sport England
  • Spent 5 years working on Community Engagement for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics
  • Post London 2012 was with SOGB for 15 months as London Officer then National Partnership Manager
  • Worked for a number of London boroughs in sport and health development

Kelly Griffin Challenge 2018

On Saturday 7th April, 24 women came together to participate in the Kelly Griffin Challenge 2018 which was supported by Invacare New Zealand. As the only women’s wheelchair basketball event in NZ it was fantastic to see so many people come together to play and support the event. Players ranged from those who have been playing for years whilst for others it was their first taste of the sport, including Auckland Dream players! And that is what this event and ongoing training is all about – bringing women together, whether they have a disability or not, to have fun and hopefully instil a life-long love of wheelchair basketball that will help it grow and develop in NZ. After one year, the number of women playing wheelchair basketball in Auckland has increased from 11 to 20 players.

The day was split into training in the morning, a 3x3 tournament and a 5x5 finale. It was concluded with an awards ceremony and evening meal. The 3x3 tournament was closely contested with each game being tight. Mii Pepe, ref on the day and NZ Roller Blacks player, commented “some awesome talent out there and skills”. Currently NZ don’t have a women’s wheelchair basketball team but many of the Auckland players would love to see that change. They intend to form their own team for some of the NZ competitions to show that they are here, and they’re here to stay.

The 3x3 tournament results:

  • Gold - Daniella Egle-Bast, Te Rongopai McNaught and Faithleen Tou
  • Silver – Cathy Parker, Stacey Teiho and AJ Pouoa
  • Bronze – Tamara Gotty, Jewel Byles, Matakorama Waipouri


Invacare MVP

  • Low Pointer – Faithleen Tou
  • Mid Pointer – Daisy Eaglesome
  • High Pointer – Cathy Parker

Invacare Most Improved

  • Junior – Jewel Byles
  • Senior – Beccie Gannon

Kelly Griffin Spirit of the Game Award

  •  Runners up – Faithleen Tou and Daisy Eaglesome
  •  Winner – Daniella Egle-Bast

The day would not have been possible without volunteer support. Special thanks to all the people who continue to give their time freely to enable wheelchair basketball here in Auckland to thrive.

  • Organising Committee – Lizzie Edgecombe, Cathy Parker, Daniella Egle-Bast, Dave Sherriff, Brendon Stratton and Diane Eaglesome
  • Coaches – Dave Sherriff and Brendon Stratton
  • Referees – Mark Sullivan, Mii Pepe, Ricardo Gozon and Warren Putt
  • Score Bench – Kauri Murray, Leighton Teiho, Matt Ngametua, Daniel Goulton, Tere Tuakana and Steve Hei
  • Event Assistance – Tina Harris and Emma Cooper-Williams
  • Photographers – Lise Baldwin and Lucky Kaukau

Final thanks goes to the family of Kelly Griffin – Jenny, Dan and Katey. Thank you for continuing to support the Kelly Griffin Challenge and to Katey for joining in the 5x5 finale, it’s always great to have you on the court. Kelly will never be forgotten.

Meacheam moving on

Current Parafed Auckland CEO Hamish Meacheam has signaled his intention to move on from his position at Parafed Auckland. 

"After a fantastic three years with Parafed Auckland, I am moving onto Athletics New Zealand to take up the Community Manager role. Athletics is my first love and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into the work I’ll be doing.
It has been incredibly rewarding to be a part of the revival of Parafed Auckland over the past three years, but more importantly it has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside all of you, improving the landscape of Para sport here in Auckland. I’m confident that the organisation and the sector will continue to go from strength to strength, indeed I look forward to playing a small role in that ongoing success.
A special thanks must go to the board of Parafed Auckland, and especially the two chairmen during my tenure, Grant Sharman and Andre Lubbe. Grant and Andre had the vision of what Parafed Auckland could become, and gave me the trust and guidance needed to get the job done. Alongside my board, I would also like to thank all of the volunteers who run the various activities within the Parafed network – you are the lifeblood of Para sport in New Zealand. Finally I must mention the athletes, many of whom I’ve had the pleasure of introducing to Para sport, and then watch develop not only as athletes, but as people. All of you will always hold a special place in my heart." 

Hamish is moving on to become the Community Manager for Athletics New Zealand, and his last day will be the 26th of April. before this time there will be more information on our plans in the interim as we seek a replacement CEO to lead our organisation forward.