17 Aug 2009

Smaller Kiwisport gains for poorer schools - minister

11:52 am on 17 August 2009

Sport and Recreation Minister Murray McCully admits that lower-decile schools will not gain as much as others under the new Kiwisport funding scheme.

The Government is increasing funding for the programme from $5.3 million to $20 million, but distributing the money on a per capita basis instead of linking it to a school's decile ranking.

Secondary Principals Association president Peter Gall, who is the principal of Paptoetoe High School, says the funding is a reallocation of the $5.3 million currently tagged for the Sport-Fit scheme, and lower-decile secondary schools will miss out on a considerable amount of funding.

Mr McCully says the gains will be smaller for lower-decile schools because they get the most now, but the overall increase in funding means everyone should win.

He points out that the money will not only go directly to schools, but also to regional sports trusts in each area to spend in schools.