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About Us


About Parafed Manawatu

Parafed Manawatu was founded in 1973 to provide sport and recreation opportunities for those with a physical or vision impairment.  We work closely with other organisations to provide pathways into sport and onwards to regional and national programmes. 

Our mission is to provide quality programmes, events, opportunities, funding support, advocacy, guidance and expertise to enable disabled people to be active in sport and recreation

Meet our team

John Sigurdsson

Hi I'm John and I am the chairperson of Parafed Manawatu.  I have been involved for more than 5 years and have a real passion in the disability sport space.  I also work for Halberg Foundation 

Hollie Howland

I am Hollie and I am proud to have the role of administrator for Parafed Manawatu.

I am mum to a sports mad son with huge dreams of representing New Zealand in para sport one day.

I myself have been part of the Parafed Network for most of my life, so I relish the idea of being able to give back to the disability sport sector.

If I am not in the office, you will find me at home in the garden or my sewing room.

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