Physical Activity / Mahi ā Tinana

Also see the Mahi ā Tinana/ Physical Activity Health Topic page to find out how WAVE can support your ECE/School with Physical Activity.

For more information see:
- Community & Public Health - Encouraging and supporting physical activity in our community
- Community & Public Health - Community Health Information Centre (CHIC) Physical Activity resources
- Community & Public Health - Free or low cost events and activities in Mid and South Canterbury to increase physical activity
- Healthy Kids - Games:  fast, easy ideas for games and active play
- Sport Canterbury/South Canterbury Region - What is happening in the South Canterbury region
- Timaru District Council - Walking and off-road cycling
- Timaru District Council - Parks and sports facilities
- Timaru District Council - Swimming facilities
- Health Promotion Agency - Activity resources
- Ministry of Education - Play ideas for Early Childhood Education
- WAVE - WAVE Newsletter extracts - Health Focus on Physical Activity 


ECE Physical Activity Toolkit

This toolkit focuses on providing intentional physical activity in an ECE environment.  It provides kaiako and whānau with tools to plan, review, implement and celebrate regular physical activity for cognitive learning.

Download the ECE Physical Activity Toolkit 


Sport New Zealand - Get Kids Active

Sport New Zealand have put together a number of resources to help tamariki be active and ensure a healthy lifestyle.

Zero to Five Years - Help develop movement experiences for children under five with Active Movement.  A number of brochures providing a variety of fun activities to get little tamariki moving.

Healthy Active Learning - We know that getting tamariki involved in physical activity provides them a better start in life. That’s why Sport NZ has partnered with the Ministries of Health and Education on the exciting new initiative Healthy Active Learning. Healthy Active Learning is focused on providing tamariki with quality physical experiences and supporting schools in delivering healthy food and water only policies. It’s based on a successful pilot programme and in 2020 it was rolled out to 300 schools nationwide. In 2022 the initiative will be expanded to 800 schools.


Ngā Taonga Tākaro / Traditional Māori Games

Ngā Taonga Tākaro is a great way to be physically active while also learning about Māori culture.  Ngā Taonga Tākaro promote participation of physical activity encompassing Tikanga, Te Reo, whakapapa and physical well-being for all students.

Here are some websites to visit for a variety of Ngā Taonga Tākaro:
- Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) for links including stick and hand games, poi activities, and music and movement
- Rangatahi Tu Rangatira (R2R) for information to lead Ngā Taonga Tākaro
- WAVE Resource Centre to borrow some Traditional Maori Games - Ki-o-Rahi, Poi and Tī Rākau sticks



MoveWell by PENZ

MoveWell provides practical ideas, advice and support to help develop children’s confidence, knowledge, skills and attitudes so that they can enjoy participating in physical activity. It combines evidence and research into a practical games-based resource that has strong links to the health and physical education learning area in The New Zealand Curriculum.

MoveWell was developed by Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ) in collaboration with Sport New Zealand and the Accident Compensation Corporation of New Zealand, and is supported by the Ministry of Education.

Click link below to read more about MoveWell which is going to be delivered to primary and intermediate schools through regional workshops in Term 3 & 4, 2021 and Term 1 2022.