Latest News and Media Releases
This page lists media stories about our industry, or people within our industry.
Regular Media Coverage
Radio Live have kicked off a new series on exercise with Richard Beddie, CEO of ExerciseNZ. You can listen live on air weekly on Tuesdays on Radio Live – links will be provided weekly for the prior weeks interview.
Latest Stories 22 August 2017
Baby Boomers driving the New Zealand fitness market
Latest Stories 15 August 2017
Councils propose to charge PTs to use public parks
Latest Stories 8 August 2017
Exercise for the Elderly
July 2017 – Media Roundup
NZ has major fitness problem
Exercise NZ CEO Richard talks about the positive impact fitness can have on your mental health in this interview with The Café team.
Genetics a game changer in getting Kiwis fitter
June 2017 – Media Roundup
How do you start exercise when you have never done any before?
International Yoga Day – Wednesday 20 June
- Radio New Zealand
- Australasian Leisure Magazine
Nation of Sports Lovers but not so active ourselves
- wellington today.co.nz
Winter and Exercise
May 2017 – Media Roundup
ExerciseNZ – More Kiwis should exercise for mental health and The power of exercise for mental health (2 May)
- School News magazine: issuu.com/multimedianz/docs/sn37-term_2-2017?e=1061376/49130242 (pg 66)
NZ light years ahead of UK and US exercise facilities
Exercise, the golden ticket for elderly independence
April 2017 – Media Roundup
Pilates Instructors recognised as top Chief Information Officer
March 2017 – Media Roundup
- Southland farmers keeping fit off the farm
- 30 years of working out
- Richard Beddie interviewed on the business of fitness
- Exercising in to older age
- Ministry of Health recommends REPs registered trainers
February 2017 – Media Roundup
Getting the exercise message to teachers:
The rise in agritech is making it tough for farmers to stay in prime shape and as a result, personalised exercise programmes in rural communities are in high demand:
January 2017 – Media Roundup
Additions for December 2016 list
- Bay of Plenty: www.sunlive.co.nz/news/143674-make-exercise-top-goal-2017.html
- Australasian Society of Association Executives: www.ausae.org.au/News/4558217
December 2016 – Media Roundup
December 2016 – FitEx
November 2016 – Exercise Industry Awards Winners Announced
October 2016 – Exercise Industry Awards Finalists Announced
August 2016 – Health & Safety Resources – for REPs Professionals
ExerciseNZ plans on releasing via REPs a guide to workplace Health and Safety that is specifically for PTs/Trainers. This only covers the areas that are applicable to trainers, what they should be aware of and other pertinent information. This information will be available only to REPs registered Trainers, and will be emailed to all REPs registered trainers, once its released in the coming 3-4 weeks.
August 2016 – FitEx Conference book now available.
July 2016 – Health & Safety Resources – for Clubs – Skills Active Press Release
Proper training and documentation are two key pieces of the safety puzzle that will keep exercise professionals on the right side of the new safety laws, says ExerciseNZ CEO Richard Beddie. ExerciseNZ has issued a 60-page health and safety guide which is free to members. Beddie says the new Health and Safety Considerations Guide is tailored to a New Zealand exercise industry audience, and includes advice on keeping good records of client and staff inductions, hazard elimination and minimisation, incident reporting, and much more. Click here to read the full release.
June 2016 – Exercise Association of NZ Roadshow
New Zealand’s Roadshow, dedicated to supporting the New Zealand fitness industry is open for bookings. Designed to help grow and support your business we are supporting the New Zealand exercise industry with two hour, post breakfast workshops being held all around New Zealand. Sessions for 2016 have been compacted into 3 sessions of 30 minutes with a forum afterwards.
• Essential Business Skills – identifying and developing your target market (for Personal Trainers)
• How to use the new Health and Safety resource (For Club Managers)
• Using Online Advertising – a hands on ‘how to’ session including Google ads,
Facebook boosts (when to pay and when not to)
• Industry Forum – Regional Leaders discuss the burning issues – how to compete in this ever competitive market
Who is this event for?
• Club Owners and Managers and
• Personal Trainers (or those that want to become one).
November 2015 – Exercise Industry Awards
Every year in November the exercise industry celebrates it’s people, it’s facilities and organisations at the New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards. This years awards were held on Saturday 21st November. A list of 2015 winners can be found by clicking here.
July 2014 – Dates for 2015 Roadshow announced
The Exercise Associations national roadshow will be run from 8-20 June in 2015. More details to follow. For information on the 2014 event click here.
May 2014 – Active Management: FitnessBiz Brunch returns in September
There is an exciting opportunity to #enhance your business from Active Management: FitnessBiz Brunch. And it is coming to a city near you:
- Auckland on the 16th September
- Wellington on the 17th September
- Christchurch on the 18th September
Justin, the Managing Director of Active Management, will be in New Zealand in September. FitnessBiz Brunch is just 2 hours from 9:30 to 11:30, where you will be able to connect with other personal trainers, club owners and club managers. Plus receive quality educational information that will #enhance your business.
There will be preferential pricing for ExerciseNZ Gold Members, Keep an eye on your members update emails as information will follow soon with booking details
March 2014 – FBT Exempt Exercise Programme – SMEAEP (Stress Management Exercise Association Endorsed Programme)
ExerciseNZ after a long period of discussion with IRD have been approved to endorse providers to run stress management programmes that are exempted from Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT). This exciting development opens a new range of potential new corporate / self employed clients who wish to use exercise to manage their workplace stress, as is a health and safety requirement, by exercising and undertaking assessment as required by the SMEAEP programme.
Note: Only endorsed providers programmes are FBT deductible, and that strict rules must be adhered to to be FBT exempted.
For information on how to become a SMEAEP Provider visit www.stressmanagementexercise.co.nz for full information.
March 2014 – ExerciseNZ Roadshow
ExerciseNZ are visiting eight cities from 9 June to 18 June with world class presenters presenting 2 streams One for Club Owners/Managers and the other for Personal Trainer (or those who wish to become a PT). Additional information and bookings can be found on the Roadshow webpage.
March 2014 – Fitnz.co.nz – Exercise industry specific job website
ExerciseNZ have launched the only exercise industry specific job site this month, www.fitnz.co.nz. The new site not only lists job vacancies, but also has a database of job seekers, who (when a job listing matches their criteria) are emailed automatically to advise of the listing. This means your job adverts are automatically advised to all interested parties on the list, rather than those who may happen across a job listing on another website.
ExerciseNZ members receive free listing credits to use this site. Please refer to members communications for additional details. Non members can also list jobs for the price of $99 +gst.
February 2014- ExerciseNZ’s position on PTs using parks and public spaces
View ExerciseNZ’s position on PTs using parks and public spaces to operate their businesses.
December 2013 – Unsupervised Exercise Facilities
ExerciseNZ has developed a document to help exercise facilities considering operating an unsupervised exercise facility space. This would apply to 24/7 facilities, as well as those that have a exercise space that has periods of no supervision.
December 2013 – Name Change for Exercise Industry’s Peak Body – Media Release
Formally known as Fitness New Zealand, the recently renamed Exercise Association of New Zealand (or Exercise NZ) is the peak body representing the exercise industry in New Zealand.
Operating under a non profit incorporated society structure, Exercise NZ had the name change confirmed at its AGM held in Auckland on 23rd November 2013, along with the core mission for Exercise NZ to support a sustainable exercise industry in New Zealand.
For more information please click here
August 2013 – FBT Tax – Update
Those who attended the recent FitnessNZ road show or saw our recent email, will know that we have been working with specialist tax accountants to explore ways that gyms/trainers could offer products to workplaces involving exercise that are not subject to Fringe Benefit Tax.
At present, if an employer pays for a gym membership of a staff member, the employer must also pay FBT of 64% on any contribution they make. This results in most employers choosing to do nothing. We have developed a product which we believed exempt from FBT. We have written to IRD to get their opinion on this. While we had been verbally informed that IRD have accepted our proposal, and that what we have suggested is not subject to FBT, we have now have official confirmation sent through to us.
What this means for you:
First and foremost, gyms, exercise studios and exercise professionals will be able to sell an exercise product to a business in a way that is free of FBT. This is particularly useful when dealing with corporate packages or people who are self employed. This opens up and entirely new revenue opportunity for our industry.
While this exciting news is now within the industries reach, ExerciseNZ ask that you wait while we work on the documentation. This way we can ensure that you have all the information that you need at hand and as a member of ExerciseNZ we are ready to provide you will full support on this matter. As always we will keep you up to date on developments, so please keep and eye out for information in future ExerciseNZ updates.
April 2013 – FitnessNZ awarded International Accolade
The Exercise Association of New Zealand (formally FitnessNZ) have been awarded the prestigious 2013 Australian Fitness Network Inspiration Award for outstanding leadership and contribution to the fitness industry in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake
In accepting the award, our CE Richard Beddie made the personal statement that ExerciseNZ was merely the hub, and that all of the initiatives came from the industry itself.
Click Here To view the video of either the acceptance speech or the montage with the reasons for awarding this accolade
November 2012 – Fitness Industry Awards Update
Congratulations to all Winners and Finalists in this years Fitness Industry Awards.
The winners of the 2012 Fitness Industry Awards were announced at the awards ceremony on 24 November 2012. Congratulations to you all!
For a list of the winners and finalists please click here
To enter for 2013 keep an eye on www.fitnessindustryawards.co.nz to submit your entry!