Physical activity and play is fundamental to a healthy society and the wellbeing of New Zealanders. We know play is essential to child brain development, particularly in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, and it supports children to acquire lifelong physical and social skills, language and learning. Creating spaces and opportunities for children to play and be creative is a key outcome of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy
Unfortunately, there are too many New Zealanders, including children and young people, who are missing out on the developmental, health and other benefits that physical activity and play can provide.
Building on the broad sector engagement last year to develop a shared vision for the future of physical activity in New Zealand, government agencies* have identified an initial 13 action areas that they could focus on to start bringing this ‘preferred future’ for physical activity in New Zealand to life.
Now is your chance to have your say on the areas that can have the biggest impact on increasing rates of participation in physical activity and play, particularly for those who are currently missing out.
The National Physical Activity and Play Plan for Aotearoa survey is now open.
We want to hear from a wide range of people so we welcome and value your views, regardless of what role you have in relation to helping people to participate in physical activity and play. We’re particularly interested in hearing from groups or organisations who work with those who are less active and who may be facing barriers to accessing physical activity and play. Please forward this message on to those in your networks who may be interested.
The feedback from the survey will then be used to develop a National Physical Activity and Play Plan with specific actions that government agencies will own. The survey will run for three weeks, and is being run independently by Kantar (formerly Colmar Brunton) and survey answers will remain anonymous, unless you explicitly state otherwise.
*Agencies involved in this work include Sport NZ, the Ministry of Health, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Ministry of Education, Waka Kotahi, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Oranga Tamariki, NZ Police, the Ministry for Social Development, the Office for Seniors, the Ministry for the Environment, the Department of Conservation, Kainga Ora, the Accident Compensation Corporation, the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, the Health Promotion Agency and the Walking Access Commission.