Healthy Active Learning

Healthy Active Learning supports schools to improve child and youth wellbeing through healthy eating and quality physical activity.

Healthy Active Learning is a joint government initiative between Sport New Zealand and the Ministries of Health and Education to improve the wellbeing of tamariki through healthy eating, drinking and quality physical activity. This is driven by a $47m Government commitment to the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy.

It’s based on evidence showing children’s nutrition and physical activity are linked to both academic achievements and improved physical and mental health. Research shows that only seven per cent of young people aged 5 to 18 are meeting the New Zealand guidelines for physical activity through sport, exercise and active recreation.

The Team

The Healthy Active Team at Nuku Ora consists of one Manager, four Advisors and two Community Connectors. We work with school leaders and teachers to support the provision of play, sport and physical education. We take a needs-based approach and aim to build upon good existing practice and upskill teachers to be more competent and confident in delivering high-quality physical activity experiences.

The following are some examples of the support that the team offers to schools and kura:

  • Co-teach with syndicates and individual teachers to model good practice and offer hands-on development
  • Deliver PLD to all staff based on the needs of each school
  • Applying the underlying concepts of Physical Education to physical activity delivery in school e.g. Hauora and Te Whare Tapa Whā
  • Improving teacher’s knowledge and application of the HPE curriculum
  • Forward planning to integrate quality physical activity as part of the school’s strategic plan
  • Making links between HPE delivery and school values
  • Integrating PE across other curricular subjects
  • Help strengthen connections with the wider community, including whānau and local health and physical activity providers 


Nuku Ora's Community Mapping

As part of the Community Connector role, we have started on Community Mapping. The mapping shows schools, early childhood education centres, local parks, playgrounds, sports clubs, community, hubs and services relevant to our education community. To date, maps have been created for Porirua West, Tawa, with South Wellington to come. 



Schools could use these maps to benefit teachers, students and whānau by:

  • Knowing the local facilities and parks/playgrounds in the school area and planning for EOTC or activities outside of the school grounds.
  • Help with meeting the requirements around Strand D: Healthy Communities and Environments.
  • Schools’ engagement with local clubs - having a quick link guide without doing all of the research yourself.
  • Sharing information from the map with whānau and students about the closest club they are interested in or if they want to know what activities their children could get involved in.
  • Sharing the map with new whānau to the area so they can get a good sense of the land's layout within their community.
  • Show to whānau at community evenings- letting them know what’s out there.

These maps, along with the others as they are developed, will be added here over time. If you have anything that you would like added, please contact Tania at


For more information about Healthy Active Learning head to visit the Sport NZ website. If you have any questions for our Healthy Active Learning Team, please e-mail Pembroke Chambers - Healthy Active Learning Manager at