Status: Physical literacy is a government initiative in New Zealand, acknowledged by Athletics New Zealand, with a focus on fundamental movement skills. Athletics New Zealand’s website states: “Through the improvement of physical literacy (fundamental skills such as running, jumping, and throwing), the LTAD model will help develop a lifelong involvement of New Zealanders in physical activity and sport participation as well as producing future athletes.” Planning is underway for the development of the new 2015-2020 Community Sport Strategy that will include a review of all Sport New Zealand’s community investment priorities, including the Active Communities program. Pending the results of the new strategy development, any decisions regarding future directions are on hold.
Definition: Physical literacy is defined as “fundamental skills such as running, jumping and throwing,” and it is a component of LTAD.
Leadership and Funding: The government of New Zealand funds Sport New Zealand through the Ministry of Education. Sport New Zealand supports national sport and recreation organizations, regional sport trusts, and local authorities, some of which have physical-literacy-based concepts incorporated into their programs. With funding from the Ministry of Education and regional sports trusts, KiwiSport implements sports initiatives for school-aged students that incorporate elements of physical literacy through the teaching of fundamental movement skills.
Sector and Venue: Physical literacy is taught and developed through physical education and organized sport, provided primarily in schools, and practiced/delivered to teach fundamental movement skills.
KiwiSport Program provides resources for parents around activities that develop the basic movement skills used in sport and other physical activities.
Developing Fundamental Movement Skills: Introduced by Sport New Zealand in 2012 as a resource for teachers, coaches, parents, children, and others who want to support the development of fundamental movement skills in children aged 5 to 12 years in a fun and purposeful way. It does not directly speak to physical literacy, however, the concept is acknowledged by Athletics New Zealand (New Zealand’s NGB for track and field).
Inclusion, Assessment, and Messaging: Difficult to assess given that physical literacy is not fully developed and incorporated into the institutions of New Zealand sports and education.