Generate Network

Generate Network

Join the network that is supporting up and coming professionals and emerging leaders in the parks, sport, recreation, aquatics and leisure industries to launch their careers and development.


"I have been a member of Generate since 2014 and over that time I have been able to take up networking and development opportunities that previously were challenging to discover or attend. Through these opportunities I have been able to develop new skills from governance and leadership to the technical aspects of my role in parks management. Generates continual support, through development, networking events and advocacy, for members establishing themselves in the recreation industry has meant many have developed clear goals and have been spring boarded into their career. Generate is a welcoming, friending and fun community and very much worth getting involved with." - Jason Maguiness, Former Generate NZ Steering Committee member

"I first connected with the Generate Network through the annual conference towards the end of 2021 after transitioning from secondary teaching in Wellington into the sport and recreation sector in Christchurch. Being fairly new to the sport and recreation sector, I have valued the opportunity to connect with a range of awesome people through professional development and networking opportunities. I am excited to continue to be part of this network, grow alongside other people who have recently entered to the sector and learn from those with experience and knowledge. Generate has opened my eyes to many fun and exciting future possibilities and for that I am grateful!" - Rebecca Stokes, Canterbury based Generate Member

10 Years of Generate

At the end of 2021 Watene (Generate Co-chair) sat down with Recreation Aotearoa Chief Executive Andrew Leslie to celebrate 10 years of Generate NZ, in a year which also happened to be Andrew's 10-year anniversary as CE. 

The pair discussed the key aspirations of those who established Generate NZ in 2011, which have led to how the network is operating today. Across the recreation sector Generate NZ continues to positively impact the visibility of young professionals, enhance intergenerational conversations, and ensure young professionals have a voice at the strategic level.

Generate NZ isn't just for young recreation professionals. We aim to support all go getters from undergraduates to those who have had a career change later in life. Check out some of our personas below to get an idea of our membership.

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