A recognition of best practice governance...



The Governance Mark, launched by Sport NZ in 2016, is an independently verified process that assesses the standard of governance in an organisation.

The requirements to achieve the Mark include having processes in place for director recruitment, clarity on roles, well-structured meetings and a culture of external accountability – it’s not a simple tick box exercise.  The Mark also assures governing boards and the communities they serve that they are following good practice.


Assessment against Sport NZ's governance framework is a facilitated process using the online governance assessment tool. This should be part of any boards documented commitment to evaluation and development. A full description of the governance programme and the Mark process can be downloaded here.

Governance Mark awardees to date are:

Sport Wellington – 2017
New Zealand Recreation Association – 2017

Football - 2018
NZ Pony Clubs - 2018
Athletics NZ - 2018