The New Zealand Athletes Federation was established in 2010 by:
New Zealand Rugby Players' Association
New Zealand Cricket Players' Association
New Zealand Professional Footballers’ Association
New Zealand Netball Players' Association
New Zealand Hockey Players' Association
The New Zealand Swimmers' Association (joined in 2011.)
The absence of a peak athlete representative body left a significant gap in New Zealand high performance athletes collective representation, and as such their collective voice and influence could not be fully recognised.
The Athletes Federation was therefore set up with a view that it would become the recognised representative body of the country’s high performance athletes on issues of collective importance to elite athletes and their sports.
The New Zealand Athlete Federation’s mission is to be the country’s high performance athletes’ representative body and to actively contribute to the wellbeing of all athletes both at and away from their chosen sport.