Physical Activity

Also see the 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

Kiwis love sport and starting young will ensure they develop a life-long habit of being involved and 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.

Five to Twelve Years - The Kiwidex Manual has fun, informal activities that develop the basic movement skills used in sport and other physical activities.  They encourage kids to be spontaneous and creative, and give them the enthusiasm and confidence to move into sport and stay involved.  The Developing Fundamental Movement Skills resource uses play and simple activities to get kids involved in games.  With these concepts young people can move easily into modified sports and adult sports.


Traditional Māori Games

Traditional Māori Games can be used as a professional development opportunity for both students and staff.  The objective of the professional development is to develop physical activity programmes looking at traditional cultural games, remove barriers and promote participation of physical activity through Traditional Māori Games.

Here are some booklets you can download:
- Traditional Māori Games courtesy of Harko Brown
- Traditional Māori Games courtesy of Sport Waikato
- Traditional Māori Games which WAVE has put together

Visit our WAVE Resource Centre to borrow some Traditional Maori Games - Ki-o-Rahi, Poi and Tī Rākau sticks