Only 7% of children and young people (aged 5-18) are meeting the New Zealand guidelines for physical activity (at least 1 hour a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity) solely through PE, sport, exercise and active recreation. 
Physical activity releases the “feel good” chemicals (endorphins) into the body, making you feel better. WAVE actively promotes the Five Ways of Wellbeing.
Physical activity includes play, games, sports, transportation, chores, recreation, physical education, or planned exercise, in the context of family, school and community activities.
Check out this video on how WAVE helped Rural Scholars Early Learning Centre with professional development sessions so that they can ensure their tamariki are getting the optimum physical activity in their day.
Ngā Taonga Tākaro / Traditional Māori Games
Ngā Taonga Tākaro promotes participation of physical activity through Tikanga, Te Reo, whakapapa and physical wellbeing for all students.
To find out more about Ngā Taonga Tākaro and how this can be incorporated into every day practice, see the Ngā Taonga Tākaro section under our Links & Downloads section.
Also, watch this video case study which outlines physical activity through the use of Ngā Taonga Tākaro and how this develops cultural and physical wellbeing for all students. Ngā Taonga Tākaro also develops and encourages Hauora (wellness) as well as leadership skills.
Evaluation feedback from staff:
“Easy to implement, fun, good curriculum link”.
“Encouraged to explore ways to implement Māori bi-cultural practice in everyday activities”.
“The games could be used across a range of levels, fun but challenging- thinking was involved”.
Students playing in a Ki o Rahi tournament at Caroline Bay, Timaru
We have various toolkits, programmes and useful links that you can access to help with your investigation into Hākinakina / Physical Activity