We’re here to fight on your behalf, and at times fight for the industry
Advocacy includes engaging with Government such as IRD, ACC & MOH, all the way through to music licensing and childcare regulations.
Important Update October 2021
We are fighting the Government on the exclusion of exercise facilities from the L3 staged reopening of Auckland. You can help us fight this here.
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Representing the Industry
Still don’t quite understand how we really help with advocacy? Below are some big wins from the hard work and time we put into fighting for the industry – and winning.
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.
This issue had the potential to cost the NZ exercise industry millions of dollars in legal costs (as it did in Australia), and/or tens of thousands of dollars a year in annual fees for even small gyms. Through our negotiation work the music licensing fees are now set at a far more reasonable level and all without the cost of legal challenges. We continue to work with One Music to act as your voice.
We engaged with, and lobbied on behalf of the industry to ensure CV-19 rules such as limits of 10/group did not apply to gyms and exercise providers. We also developed a comprehensive framework for exercise providers to provide clarity for all the nuances and special cases within the exercise industry.
Child Care Regulations
We lobbied hard to have the rules for childcare within exercise facilities changed so that supervised childcare could be provided and not require licensed teachers, nor the other costs associated with running a fully licenced creche. This involved not only working with the Ministry of Education, but also a number of political parties – one of whom even made it an election promise (which they followed through on).