Active transport, breaking down the barriers to get adults more active, engaging volunteers in sport and future funding are just some of the hot topics Bay of Plenty political candidates will be expected to answer in the Sport Bay of Plenty Meet the Candidates Evenings.
The Regional Sports Trust is hosting free public Q&A sessions in Tauranga, Rotorua and Whakatane with local candidates from National, Labour, NZ First, Act, The Opportunities Party, Maori Party and Green Party attending to answer first-hand questions around sport, recreation and health.
The Whakatane event will be held on September 4, the Rotorua event on September 6 and the Tauranga event on September 7.
Sport Bay of Plenty chief executive Heidi Litchwark said it was an opportunity for members of the public to put their local candidates to the test, in order to find out about their future plans for our region.
"It's not often you get a forum such as this to focus on specific political policies so this is a prime opportunity - not just for those involved in sport, but for anyone who has questions around recreational activities and health.
"That includes everything from tackling childhood obesity and supporting the fundamental development of our children, to the cost to participate in sport and recreation, to the future of our outdoor recreation spaces and development of more active transport.
"It's more than just simply 'sport' and 'recreation' and because of this we believe there are aspects that concern all Bay of Plenty residents. We're expecting a robust discussion."
Those who wish to attend the evenings are asked to RSVP on the Sport Bay of Plenty website by Wednesday, August 30 with their contact details and location choice.
Light refreshments will be served. Please visit www.sportbop.co.nz/meet-the-candidates-registration/ to RSVP.
Monday, September 4
5pm - 6.30pm
Eastbay REAP, 21 Pyne Street, Whakatane
Wednesday, September 6
5pm - 6.30pm
Toi-Ohomai, Rotorua Campus, I Block
Thursday, September 7
5.30pm - 7pm
The Historic Village Cinema, 17th Avenue, Tauranga