Our organisation

We're a transitional industry training organisation, set up by industry, for industry. We are funded by the Tertiary Education Commission and spend our time  working in partnership with the sport, recreation and performing arts industries, to help organisations and their people strengthen their skills and capabilities, step up their quality of delivery and flourish as individuals and industry.

Discover the nuts and bolts of our organisation, and dig a little deeper into our story, our structure, our staff and our shareholders below. 

Get to know us

Our story

Learn more about what we stand for, our brand - Hei Māuri Tū, and the story of our Pou.

Our documents

Getting down to business. You'll find all our organisational documents here.

Our industries

Read more about the impact our industries have, who we're working with and check out exciting research and projects.

Meet the Skills Active whānau

Our team

We've got a great bunch of people working with and for the industry to deliver the best outcomes for our employers and their staff. Come check us out.

Our structure

Our chief operating officer reports to a board elected by our shareholders.

The shareholders in Skills Active are approximately 25 industry umbrella bodies, and 50 percent of our shareholding is held by Māori organisations.

You can have a look at our current Skills Active Shareholders at the bottom of this page.

We have many staff employed throughout New Zealand working across our six teams: 

The Delivery team

 These guys deliver! The field team works with employers and trainees to develop and implement workplace training and development. The ICT and data specialists provide the technical framework to keep things humming.

The Industry Engagement team

This team builds industry relationships, expertise, and key information, and communicates and collaborates with our stakeholders.

The Learning Solutions team 

This team develops unit standards, qualifications and learning and assessment resources for our industry sectors. They also manage our quality assurance functions. 

The People and Finance team

 This team provides all-important back office functions to support our staff, keep us running smoothly, and balance the books.

The Senior Management team

The management team provides leadership to ensure Skills Active continues to meet its goals.

The Qualworx team

Qualworx delivers safety and quality assurance services to the outdoors community and other sectors.

Find out more about each team on the staff page!

Our responsibilities

We were set up under the Industry Training Act 1992.

Industry training organisations are established by particular industries and are responsible for:

Providing information and advice to trainees and their employers

Arranging for the delivery of on- and off-job training 

Arranging for the assessment of trainees. 

Our sister organisation: Qualworx

We are  closely linked with Qualworx, New Zealand's leading outdoor adventure activity audit body

As well as audits in the outdoor recreation space, Qualworx offers audit products in the exercise and rental car industries.

Go check them out!

Qualworx Logo

Meet our shareholders

Community Recreation (100 shares)

New Zealand Recreation Association Incorporated (33)

Water Safety New Zealand Incorporated (33)

National Council of YMCAs of New Zealand Incorporated (34)


Exercise (100 shares)

Exercise Association of New Zealand (100)


Ngā Mahi a te Rēhia (600 shares)

Aotearoa Māori Providers of Training Education and Employment (AMPTEE) (60)

Aotearoa Māori Tennis Association Incorporated (60)

Handball New Zealand (60)

Hauraki Māori Trust Board (60)

Te Tohu Taakaro o Aotearoa Charitable Trust - National Māori Sports Awards (60)

New Zealand Māori Rugby Board (60) 

Te Arawa Lakes Trust (60)

Te Kaunihera Haupoi Māori o Aotearoa (60) * Currently in default 

Te Roopu o te Pātaka (60)

Whakaruruhau Ngā Mahi ā Te Rēhia (60)


Outdoor Recreation (100 shares) 

Christian Camping New Zealand Incorporated (20)

Education Outdoors New Zealand Incorporated (20)

New Zealand Mountain Safety Council Incorporated (20)

New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association Incorporated (20)

Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoors Education Trust (20)


Snowsport (100 shares) 

New Zealand Snowsport Instructors Alliance Incorporated (25)

NZ Snow Industries Federation Incorporated (25)

NZ Snowsports Council Incorporated (25)

Ski Areas Association (New Zealand) Incorporated (25)


Sport (100 shares)

Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand Incorporated (100)


Performing Arts (100 shares) 

Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand (EVANZ) (33)

Dance Aotearoa New Zealand Limited (34)

Entertainment Technology New Zealand (33)

Please note: We don't actively recruit new shareholders, but let our stakeholders know that we welcome applicants and we are happy to outline the process at our AGM to become shareholders.


Our constitution and the process and criteria for organisations who want to apply to become shareholders can be  downloaded from our documents page.