Indigenous approach taking centre court for Māori and Pasifika coaches

At both grassroots and national level, poitarawhiti (netball) has a huge following in Aotearoa.  From the traditions of Saturday morning sport to the national premier league, the sport and the associated camaraderie is an important connector in the community for players, coaches and wider audiences.  A project in 2023 prioritised an indigenous approach in poitarawhiti, […]

It takes a village: Movement in Pasifika churches

Our village is the place where we walk together, standing shoulder to shoulder through the ebbs and flows of life. When we find our village, we have a place to belong, a place of refuge, identity, and strength which nurtures our spirit, soul, and body. In communities across the Pacific, the village is the heart […]

Whakawhanaungatanga through Active Whakapapa

The Active Whakapapa kaupapa is bringing people together to learn local Māori histories through pūrākau (oral storytelling), while being physically active and present in the taiao (natural environment). The hīkoi has brought hundreds of people together to share in this unique storytelling experience and is being used to support whakawhanaungatanga (relationship building). “We’ve had a lot of […]

Rānui Primary School Play Packs

For many of us, thinking about our childhood brings back memories of play. It was spontaneous, imaginative, tamariki-led and fun. Play gave us the space and time to explore the world in our own way, fostering creativity, confidence, social skills and imagination.    In today’s climate, factors like the changing face of the design of our […]

Cross–team collaboration a playful win at Sport Waitākere

Working across teams is not new for Sport Waitākere, but getting two team members passionate about play on a project together would always be one for the memory book. Collaborating on the Pātiki Neighbourhood Play Systems Project, Play Systems Advisor Pauline Butt from the Community Sport and Recreation team and Play Systems Innovator Bea Enriquez […]

Nurturing Play in Pātiki Avondale  

When we think of childhood, the perfect day is one spent playing, building a makeshift fort, putting on a musical show, and racing on bikes with neighbours and friends. Play is not only fun; it plays an essential role in our development socially, physically, and mentally.  In the tightly scheduled world we live in today, […]

Ola Malosi supports fundamental movement whilst honouring Samoan culture and traditions

Expressing cultural practices in everyday life is crucial for people’s health and wellbeing and for feeling connected to where we spend our time. Faiaoga (teachers) are exploring what a toolkit for health and wellbeing will look like for Aoga Amata (Samoan ECEs) across Tāmaki Makaurau. Faiaoga and aiga (families) are putting forward their thoughts and […]