Our structure

Skills Active Aotearoa is a not-for-profit limited liability company, and our group includes our subsidiary company, Te Mahi Ako, an independent tertiary education organisation specialising in work-based learning.  Our group chief executive officer reports to the Skills Active board elected by our shareholders and the Te Mahi Ako Subsidiary Board. The shareholders in Skills Active are approximately 25 industry umbrella bodies, and 50 percent of our shareholding is held by Māori organisations.

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  the Governance page.



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 team

The Skills Active Aotearoa group has a great bunch of people working with us to support capability development in our sectors. If you're looking for the Te Mahi Ako team, you can find them over at TeMahiAko.org.nz.