In 1968, the New Zealand Paraplegic & Physically Disabled Federation (now Paralympics
New Zealand) was formed, as the National Sports Organisation for people with physical
disabilities, to enable an official team to represent New Zealand at the 1968 Paralympic
Games in Israel.
Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is affiliated to the International Paralympic Committee
(IPC) as the National Paralympic Committee responsible for Paralympic sports in New
Zealand, and is recognised by Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC) as the National
Sports Organisation for disabled athletes. Paralympics New Zealand is a not for profit
organisation with charitable status.
Paralympics New Zealand has a vision of: Inspiring New Zealand disabled athletes
to become medal winning Paralympians.
And a mission: To provide leadership that enhances all aspects of performance to
achieve Paralympic sporting performance
This vision and mission underpin all the work that Paralympics New Zealand undertake.
Paralympics New Zealand is a high performance sporting organisation and that is the
focus of their operations. However PNZ also is involved in supporting ParaFeds and
sport specific organisations to develop their capability and capacity to offer sporting
opportunity to people with physical disability. This creates greater opportunity
and pathways for prospective athletes to develop within their sport to the highest
level of their ability.
Paralympics New Zealand also supports the development athletes through their targeted
talent development programme Xccelerate to Xcellence. This programme identifies talented
athletes and assists them through pairing them with high level coaches and support
On an international scale, Paralympics New Zealand provides athletes with access
to a host of international competitions, including World Championships and the Winter
and Summer Paralympic Games. PNZ organise, fund, outfit and support New Zealand teams
to ensure they are best prepared to win on the world stage.
In 2008, 40 years after a New Zealand team first attended a Paralympic Games, Paralympics
New Zealand sent a team of 30 athletes to Beijing, China, to compete at the summer
Paralympic Games. They returned with 5 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals.