Kia Kaha, Kia Ora | Be Active, Be Well
WHAT IS PLAY?
Play is vitally important for New Zealand's children and young people; however more and more is it being taken for granted that play will always be a part of New Zealand childhoods.
Levels of play are in decline due to shifting cultural values, increasingly sedentary behaviours, lack of parent knowledge, and denser urbanisation resulting in fears about children’s safety.
Through play we determined where in the world we were, and who and what else we shared it with – it was where we practised our future life. With this came an understanding of the value of the relationship we have with our physical environment, and this has directly and indirectly shaped the physical literacy of our children to be active for life. We were socially connected at a young age, playing across whole neighbourhoods. Limited adult involvement meant we learned to make our own decisions, including measuring risk – we learned through trial and error.
Play allows children to experience fun, joy and laughter in a way that is important to them. It’s also where they develop and practice life skills.
The positive benefits of play include:
What will play be like in New Zealand in 2032?
Will it still be valued? What do we need to do to ensure future young New Zealanders have play experiences and opportunities that support their growth and development? At Sport Hawke's Bay, we are committed to promoting quality experiences so that New Zealanders value play now and into the future.
Check out the five phases of regional PLAY here
Play Aotearoa Website here
For any questions regarding PLAY please contact:
Tina Haslett I Spaces and Places Lead: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wairoa Community Centre33 MARINE PARADEWAIROA
PHONE(06) 838 3086
Sport Hawkes Bay480 GLOUCESTER STREETPO BOX 7537, TARADALE
PHONE(06) 845 9333