About our Activation team

The Activation Team works with clubs, active recreation providers, community groups and individuals to develop and support physical activity in the city and implement the active recreation plan.

Find out more about the Activation team below:

Brent Hayward

Team Leader 04 5272148 | 027 213 7583

Brent joined the Activation team in June 2020. Originally from Taranaki and schooled at Francis Douglas Memorial College, Brent studied Recreation Management (Sport Major) at Lincoln University. Upon graduating, he moved to Wellington to study marketing management at Massey University and in 2005 became the Club Development Officer at Victoria University. In 2011 he moved to Sydney and for 5 years was the Competition Manager for Athletics NSW. His most recent role prior to joining the team here, was that of Centre Manager of the YMCA fitness and recreation centre in Ellerslie, Auckland. Brent brings a depth of experience to the team and is passionate about sports, in particular cricket, rugby, basketball and golf. A key focus for Brent is to continue to grow and develop as a leader and as a collaborative team, deliver an outstanding service for the Upper Hutt community.

Marie Kinloch

Play Advisor 04 527 2857 | 027 532 2121

Marie joined the Activation Team in January 2020 as a Play Advisor. Marie originates from the Whanganui Region and recently moved south to the Kapiti Coast. Marie comes to Activation with a great depth of knowledge in the sport, recreation, leisure, health and education industries. Marie previously worked with Sport Wanganui as the regional manager for 8 years before following a pathway into Skills Active working with the New Zealand Forces towards qualifications through sport, recreation, fitness, coaching and outdoor education. She looks forward to working with her community to initiate more opportunities with the community, for the community.

Steph Reichardt

Recreation Advisor – Community 04 527 2857 | 027 213 7572

Steph started in the Activation team in July 2017 as the Community Recreation Advisor. She is born and raised in the Bay of Plenty but moved to Wellington in 2001 to gain a diploma in Exercise Prescription and Event Management. Steph was in the fitness industry for 15 years as a Personal Trainer and bootcamp instructor. She joined the Activation team following 3 years working with Sport Wellington’s Healthy Lifestyle Team. She has a passion for outdoor adventures, mud events and being with her family.