“Protecting, conserving and promoting the cultural heritage
of the New Zealand Paralympic Movement since 1968”

PNZ’s Strategic Plan ‘Towards 2020’, outlines a mission that – in addition to leading the Paralympic Movement in New Zealand – involves acknowledging and celebrating disabled New Zealanders and promoting equity through sport. With Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) “turning 50” in 2018 and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on the horizon – a huge opportunity exists to celebrate our Paralympic cultural heritage, officially acknowledge the achievements of our 209 Paralympians as being equal to that of Olympians; and protect this heritage for future generations. The desired outcome, as always, is to positively influence community perceptions of disabled people and promote diversity and inclusion.


  • Acknowledge, celebrate and share the achievements of our 209 Paralympians and introduce the Tokyo 2020 hopefuls
  • Positively influence community perceptions of disabled people and promote a more diverse and inclusive society
  • Promote Para sport to the wider community and identify future Para athletes
  • Raise funds to further the growth and awareness of Para sport in the community and support the New Zealand Paralympic Team to Tokyo 2020
  • Locate and preserve New Zealand Paralympic artefacts and memorabilia for all New Zealanders to experience

Annual Prime Ministers’ Dinner, in association with Adecco

2019 was the sixth edition of this popular evening event and the third Prime Minister invited to provide the keynote address on diversity, inclusion and the power of sport. Each year, 160+ influencers are hosted from across business and sport with a view to launching and celebrating PNZ activities. The 2019 edition of this event took place on Thursday 22 August celebrating 1 year to go to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Community Receptions, in association with the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce, Toyota NZ and the NZ Lottery Grants Board

From May 2019 until May 2020, 12 events will be held in cities and towns around New Zealand, with the intention of (i) recognising all 209 Paralympians by inviting them (or their families if they have passed away) to be presented with their official numbered Paralympic pin and a certificate signed by the President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Chairman of PNZ, and; (ii) using this to introduce local Tokyo 2020 hopefuls to their communities, showcasing the continuing growth Para sport. Local artefacts, memorabilia and stories would be incorporated into each event to localise it and local media would be invited to profile interesting historical stories from among Paralympians being recognised. This series of events takes inspiration from PNZ’s previous Portrait Collection Tour.

Fiona Allan speaking during a local community event

Para Sport Pop Up

A one stop shop for Para sport! The 20 foot container will be located in prime public spaces with high foot traffic for min. 48 hours per location supporting the Community Receptions. The Para Sport Pop Up will (i) tell NZ Paralympic history through displays and video; (ii) promote Para sport to NZ public through have a go experiences and; (iii) provide Para sport resources and connections to local providers. Read more about the Para Sport Pop Up here.

Tokyo 2020 School Visits

From August 2019 to June 2020 Paralympians and Para athletes aiming to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will visit 2 schools per location supporting the Community Receptions and Para Sport Pop Up. The Tokyo 2020 hopefuls will tell their story and in doing so, promote diversity and inclusion, the Paralympic values, awareness of Para sport and build anticipation towards Tokyo 2020.

Paralympian Mary Fisher and a group of kids, all dressed up with gold accessories

Paralympic Collections and Storytelling Programmes

pending funding confirmation

PNZ aims to work with a specialist to find all 209 New Zealand Paralympians and research the artefacts and memorabilia potentially available for the Paralympic Collections Programme and the people and stories potentially available for the Paralympic Storytelling Programme. In carrying this out, the specialist will develop a Research Study to determine how best to protect, conserve and promote this Paralympic cultural heritage for future generations, and the associated costs. PNZ would use this Research study to understand the full scope of the Collections and Storytelling Programmes and enable it to plan and secure the appropriate resourcing, expertise and funds needed.