Want to join the Live Stronger Movement?

Nuku Ora is the lead agency for Community Strength and Balance classes across the greater Wellington region. Our role is to create and grow access to strength and balance classes for older people in their communities. We are part of the Live Stronger for Longer movement, a wider falls and fractures network all working together to support older people to stay independent and injury-free. For further information about the movement, check out the website, built for older people, Whānau and health professionals.

Are you...

  • An exercise leader running exercise class for older people, or interested in working with this audience. We are always looking for new classes and would love to learn more about you.
  • A volunteer looking to lead exercise for your peers, what a great way to stay active and give back to your community! Training and support can be provided by Nuku Ora. 
  • A community group looking to learn more about keeping strong and independent as we age. Invite us to come along and speak with you and your group. 
  • A Health Agency or professional wanting information about how to connect older people with these classes. Great, we want as many people as possible to know about the benefits of exercise to maintain independence.

Get in touch, Nuku Ora would love to hear from you!
Phone: (04) 380 2070 
Email: strength@nukuora.org.nz

Earlier this year, ACC conducted a nationwide survey to assess the impact that Live Stronger for Longer Community Strength and Balance classes are having for participants. The numbers have been crunched and the survey findings can be found here.

Wellington classes

Includes classes in Porirua and Kāpiti Coast

See the classes

Hutt Valley classes

Includes class in Wainuiomata

See the classes

Wairarapa classes

Includes classes from Carterton to Masterton

See the classes

Classes available online

Some of the Live Stronger for Longer classes were run online throughout the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown. Give one a go today.

See the classes.

Spin Choi

Playing with poi is a lot of fun! SpinPoi can be done sitting or standing and is suitable for almost everyone. Inspired by traditional poi, it has been adapted by Dr Kate Riegle van West to be a safe and effective exercise, especially for older populations. On top of the usual benefits of exercise, typically people will see improvements in grip strength, attention, focus, balance and coordination. The live classes are suitable for beginners to intermediate. No need to book. Poi provided. Or there some new sets available for sale if you want your own personal set                                                                                                                                                   

When:  Wednesday, 2 pm online class (please contact Deb to get the Zoom details emailed to you)                                                                                 

Contact/Leader:  Deb Gully, Certified SpinPoi instructor                                                                                                                   

Email: deb@frot.co.nz
Phone: 027 688 2101 txt only or 04 934 6366                                                                                       
Cost: $8 waged, $5 unwaged                                                                                                                                                                   

Healthy For Life strength and balance class on TV

Healthy For Life is a one-off TV1 show created specifically for over 65-year old’s. Hosted by Bernice Mene, Healthy For Life is designed to help older people work on their strength and balance through an exercise programme called the Super7. All done from the comfort of your bubble, this show provides great tips for staying safe in the home, keeping your brain active, how to keep up your social links and friendships and advice about healthy eating and sleep during this time.

View the episode available at TVNZ OnDemand.

Keep it moving classes on RadioNZ

RNZ have teamed up with our colleagues at Sport Gisborne to bring you a simple exercise programme which can be followed along at home each night. They have a playlist online which you can access on a computer or your phone. 

View the playlist on RNZ.

Downloadable resources

For providers and participants

view the resources