We’re here to advocate on your behalf and the industry as a whole.

Advocacy includes engaging with key political and government stakeholders including with the responsible Ministers’ and government officials in the exercise and health portfolios.

Throughout the pandemic EXNZ has continued to highlight the importance of exercise in Aotearoa New Zealand through activity in the media and engagement with the government. We work to ensure that the value of exercise to our nation is understood at all levels of government.


Accident Compensation Corporation

Te Kaporeihana Āwhina Hunga Whara

We have been working with the ACC to both support their work in reducing injury rates of those exercising, as well as advocating for our industry to be recognised on the treatment & rehabilitation side of ACC.

IRD Inland Revenue Department

Te Tari Taake

We provide industry best practice guidance on the complex area of employment/contractors for our industry, and engage with IRD to ensure they understand our industry’s practices.

Covid 19


Throughout the pandemic we worked with the Government (MOH, WorkSafe NZ and SportNZ) to ensure CV-19 rules for our industry were fair & safe for all

MOH – Ministry of Health

Manatū Hauora

Our industry now has a seat at the table of Allied Health Aotearoa, where we engage with other national bodies representing wellness and health professionals as well as MOH and ACC.


News Articles & Interviews

We promote the benefits of exercise to the media via press releases, and fronting interviews. A full list of our recent media work can be found here.

Representing the Industry

We also advocate on behalf of the industry – examples include childcare regulations, and music licensing fees. We regularly engage with industry, listen to your feedback, and act as your advocate in discussions that will impact the industry as a whole.

Big Wins

Below are some examples of when we have advocated on behalf of the industry and worked with government bodies to achieve outcomes that benefit all.

Commerce Commission

We engaged with the Commission when they reviewed our industry, and clarified common industry practices. In addition we helped communicate the new laws around credit contracts, and develop best practice guides and sample membership agreements based on both their comments, and comprehensive best practice legal advice.

Music Licensing

We partnered with OneMusic to negotiate new music licensing fees for our industry. We worked with those in the sector to develop requirements that allowed exercise providers and gyms to use commercially released music in your gyms. We continue to work with OneMusic to act as your voice.


We worked with the government to implement covid rules that ensured public health was prioritised while also allowing people to continue to access gyms and exercise providers freely. We also developed a comprehensive framework for exercise providers that provided clarity on how to implement the covid-19 protection within the different areas of our industry.

Child Care Regulations

We worked with the Ministry of Education to develop policy that allowed exercise providers and gyms to provide supervised childcare services. The supervised childcare provided by gyms and exercise providers functions differently to that of a traditional creche, and we were able to communicate this on behalf of the industry to then develop suitable regulations in conjunction with government.


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