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Over the past few weeks, we have seen unprecedented disruption at all levels of sport and recreation in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world.
Women in Sport Aotearoa and our partners at Trans-Tasman Business Circle SportsConnect are delighted to bring you a free series of live interviews with key leaders.
Time: 13.30 (dial in from 13.25)
(To avoid long queues in the waiting room on the day we do recommend you register in advance)
Tracey Prince-Puketapu, Acting CEO, Recreation Aotearoa   
We are delighted to welcome sports reporter Rikki Swannell as our moderator again.
Lockdown has brought recreation to an unprecedented standstill over the past few weeks, with people limited to only the activities they can do at home or in their immediate neighbourhoods. Popular outdoor activities including surfing, boating, swimming, hiking, fishing and hunting were all restricted in New Zealand under Level 4, with a slight loosening in Level 3. The public were advised not to undertake any activity that had the potential for risk, to prevent pressure on emergency services and hospitals already bracing themselves for COVID-19. Recreation Aotearoa is New Zealand’s leadership body for the recreation sector, representing all professionals in the industry. It works to ’empower our members to deliver the quality Recreation experiences, places and facilities, that fuel a more active, healthy and connected New Zealand.’ As New Zealand drops to Level 2, its a timely moment to catch-up with Tracey Prince-Puketapu, to understand the impact of COVID-19. She will talk about helping people to get moving again and how social distancing rules will continue to impact freedom of choice and movement.   
In particular, Tracey will answer the following questions:
– Much has been made of the COVID-19 impact on sport, but the impact on recreation has been just as dramatic. Some of the restrictions have really hit at the heart of kiwi culture, particularly restrictions around water-based activities. Can you talk to us about what happened and when? 
– What have you seen from New Zealanders through lockdown 4 and 3? What does level 2 mean for kiwis? What behaviour changes to recreation do you predict going forward in New Zealand?
– Maintaining hygiene will be key going forward, but some recreation facilities, such as huts in the national parks, are pretty basic. How is the sector going to make sure it can keep kiwis safe? 
– Recreation Aotearoa would be looking to the rest of the world, to see how other countries are reacting to the pandemic. What are you seeing? What would you consider to be best practice? 
Tracey Prince-Puketapu has been in the Recreation Industry for over 18 years in various roles including lifeguard, facility manager and for the past 7 years, as Aquatics Programme Manager at Recreation Aotearoa. In her current role as Acting CEO Tracey is endeavouring to provide leadership for her team and the industry through the challenging time presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. She is keen to explore the opportunities for the recreation sector that are emerging through COVID-19. In her spare time Tracey loves off-road running and generally spending time outdoors recreating in the sunny capital of New Zealand.   
Leadership from Lockdown is a brand new series designed to:
– Listen to the stories of a varied range of top leaders from across sport and active recreation
– Explore the major decisions they have made (or reacted to) and their decision-making processes
– Understand the practicalities of managing staff, stakeholders and volunteers through significant change
– Find out about the process of redeveloping an organisational strategic plan and budget “on the fly”
– Learn about opportunities and challenges unique to their particular position or type of organisation
– Hear authentic insights about the journey they have been on personally, as they lead from lockdown