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Play Week Aotearoa 2022, which runs from 7 – 13 November, celebrates the value of play and highlights the importance of quality play opportunities and experiences for tamariki. 

Adults are also encouraged to remember how they used to play when they were young, and to recreate those play opportunities for their children. 

“We want people to take time out from their weekly activities and just play with their tamariki – at home, in their back gardens, neighbourhoods, local environments, or urban spaces," says Sport NZ Regional Play System Consultant, Mark Curr.

“Play is the easiest way for our tamariki to stay active and happy, and to build new skills, which create a platform for a life of physical activity and wellbeing. This is especially important as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We encourage all parents and caregivers to be actively involved in play with their tamariki, so they can enjoy the life-long benefits that come from just getting out and playing.”

Organisations supporting Play Week include Regional Sports Trusts, Councils and schools and communities across Aotearoa. Street Festivals, pop up play areas and sidewalk chalk activations are just some of the events on offer to encourage tamariki and their whānau to come out and play.

You can find out more about Play Week Aotearoa 2022 and all the events on offer at