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

We know that being active contributes positively to overall wellbeing and by starting young, kiwi kids are more likely to develop a life-long love of physical activity. Every New Zealander should be able to access a quality experience at home, within their neighbourhood and across their community.  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.


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