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Halberg Foundation

Halberg Foundation

Creating equal opportunities in sport

At Kia we’re committed to supporting worthy causes in our local community, including the Halberg Foundation.


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The Foundation was set up by Olympic champion Sir Murray Halberg (ONZ) in 1963 and aims to enhance the lives of physically disabled New Zealanders through sport and recreation.  The work of the Foundation includes a team of Advisers around the country who connect physically disabled people to sport and recreation opportunities. It also provides grants for adaptive sports equipment, lessons and camps and hosts the Halberg Games - a national three-day sports competition for physically disabled young people in Auckland.

Chief Executive Shelley McMeeken says Kia’s support has been instrumental in ensuring the Foundation’s work takes place in communities around New Zealand. "Accessibility is essential to our team delivering their important disability sport work in schools, sports fields, community centres and homes and we are grateful to have Kia as a partner of the Foundation."

Why not get involved too? Discover how you can donate, bequest or volunteer your time.



Meet Rawiri

Rawiri Tristram from Levin shone at his first ever Halberg Games where he was recognised for his awesome personality and positive attitude.

The 10-year-old was born with spina bifida and has been supported with swimming lessons from the Halberg Foundation which helped build his confidence and overcoming a fear of putting his head underwater. Rawiri went on to attend his first Halberg Games in 2017.
The Halberg Games is a national, three-day sports competition for physically disabled and vision impaired young people aged eight - 21 years. The Games give the attendees the opportunity to compete against other young people with similar impairments and pursue further sports goals.

In 2017 the aspiring athlete put his swimming and athletics skills to the test, competing for Team Manawatu. Rawiri was honoured with ‘The Southern Trust Cup for Spirit of the Games (Male)’ for his awesome attitude and determination during the Closing Ceremony. The Manawatu local returned to the Games in 2018 and his family received the Supporter of the Games award.

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