Healthy Active Learning

We know that getting tamariki involved in physical activity provides them with a better start in life.

That's why Sport New Zealand has partnered with the Ministry of Health and Education on the exciting initative Healthy Active Learning


Healthy Active Learning is a voluntary initiative, at no cost to schools, kura and early learning services. It contributes to one of the government’s key priorities – improving the wellbeing of tamariki and young people – and is part of the government’s Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy.

The initiative began in January 2020, and has three components to drive better education and health outcomes for young New Zealanders: 

  • New Health and Physical Education and Hauora curriculum resources (Ministry of Education) 
  • Toolkits and a health promotion workforce to support the adoption and implementation of healthy food and water-only policies (Ministry of Health) 
  • A physical activity workforce (Sport NZ) 

​​​​​​​The Initiative

​​​​​​​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. 

Healthy Active Learning Schools

The initiative involves co-design of local curriculum to improve tamariki wellbeing. Healthy Active Learning school and kura have access to:

  • A skilled workforce who will collaboratively support school and kura to create healthy and active learning environments, and better connection to communities

  • Toolkits to create healthy food and drink environments

  • Resources to support quality delivery of the Health and Physical Education and Hauora curriculum.

​​​​​​​PALS - Physical Activity Leaders


Physical Activity Leaders (PALs) is an empowering leadership programme delivered by Sport Canterbury, designed to build the capability and confidence of our tamariki. The overarching goal of PALs is to not only enhance but also champion the benefits of play and physical activity within their respective kura, with a particular emphasis on nurturing the well-being of the younger students. The PALs programme is available to all primary and intermediate schools across all Sport Canterbury regions.​​​​​​​​​​

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