NZ Parkour was created in 2010 by some of New Zealand’s most experienced and passionate traceurs/traceuses, to assist in the healthy development of our discipline and the growth of New Zealand’s parkour scene. The initial motivation was to pass on the collective knowledge of the parkour community as a means of helping to prevent new practitioners from making the mistakes a lot of us made at the beginning of our journeys, in the hope of instilling the core values and building solid foundations for the future.
The early development of NZ Parkour was achieved with the assistance of the Australian Parkour Association (APA). We have formed a strong relationship with the APA and our closest neighbouring community. We continue to operate a trans-Tasman partnership with the APA to build upon and create a positive and consistent future for our community.
In 2011, shortly after its inception, NZ Parkour became incorporated to help facilitate continual growth in a transparent community context. As time has gone by we have seen the huge positive impact that parkour has had in our own lives and in the lives of the practicing community, their friends and whanau. This inspired us to seek charitable status (which we achieved in 2013), becoming the first parkour dedicated charity in the world.
NZ Parkour continues to provide for the practicing community while concurrently using parkour’s unique life-changing traits to encourage, inspire and change peoples lives as per our mission statement.
Main purpose: Promote positive self-development, health and education through parkour in New Zealand.
Secondary purpose: Provide opportunities and support for parkour instructors, traceurs/traceuses and the public to further the above aims.
Our Name and Logo
Full name: New Zealand Parkour Association Ltd.
Trading name: NZ Parkour – Tauhōkai Aotearoa
‘Tauhōkai’ = to glide [flow], move quickly, reach. This describes the manner in which parkour practitioners glides fluidly over their terrain.
‘Aotearoa’ = The land of the long white cloud, a.k.a New Zealand. This is the country that we live in and the people we represent.
An ensō is “a circle that is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create”.
The journey of the practitioner is to be able to move and think effectively and instinctually. For us, the ensō (with the addition of the silver fern) depicts the journey of the kiwi practitioner.
Our vision is for lives to be changed through parkour. For this to take place there are certain concepts that must be explored and realised by all of us (staff, practitioners and public alike).
- Parkour is valuable: An excellent tool for self-development.
- Parkour is available: Instructors, mentors and opportunities are waiting for you.
- Parkour is attainable: A discipline for all ages and abilities.
- Parkour is here to stay: Not a fad, a lifestyle.
Our values are the code that we operate by. They underpin all our work and shape how we manoeuvre, helping to make our vision a reality.
- Community: We are open and inclusive of all peoples, cultures and journeys.
“He iwi tahi tatou (We are all one people)” – William Hobson
- Adaptability: Landscapes and challenges change, our movements and actions transform to meet them.
“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it.” – Bruce Lee
- Stewardship: Sensible ownership of our actions and responsibilities.
“Leave no trace” – Principle of outdoor ethics
- Longevity: Living lives of safe continual progression for lasting health.
“Être et durer (To be and to last)” – 3rd Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment Motto
- Spirit: Passion for and dedication to living and spreading the original essence of parkour.
“Être fort pour être utile (Be strong to be useful)” – George Hébert