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The FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ is fast approaching.
For the first time ever, the world’s top female football players will touch down in Aotearoa for a tournament like no other. As co-hosts of the world’s biggest female sporting event with Australia, we’re lucky to have front-row seats to all the action – both on and off the field.

To create a lasting legacy for Aotearoa New Zealand, there are a number of ways for our schools and communities to be involved to help achieve outcomes in four key focus areas:  

  • Mana Wāhine (raising the profile of women and girls in sport and wider society) 
  • Te Tangata (thriving communities) 
  • Te Ao (enhancing our international relationships) 
  • Ōhanga (economic growth).  

Below you’ll find a list of the initiatives available to schools (with more coming soon), to help connect tamariki and rangatahi to this exciting event happening right here in Aotearoa: 

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Poi kia mau - get ready!

Introducing Poi Tukua - a series of national projects that celebrates wāhine (women) in sport, expresses national pride for Māori culture, and welcomes manuhiri (international visitors) to Aotearoa. 


Poi Tukua is a beautiful way to show to the world how we as a country and as football fans support women’s football and sport more widely. 


Watch the video today and visit to learn more about how you and your school/community can learn how to make poi, how to use poi and the tikanga of this taonga.  


Keep an eye on Fan Festivals and matches in your region where poi will be distributed to allow everyone to share in our rich culture with each other, the athletes and the world.  


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Kōtuitui is a learning module to support ākonga in years four through to eight to develop their knowledge and skills to connect to cultures other than their own, both in Aotearoa New Zealand and across the globe.  

Using the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ as a context for learning about culture and collective identity and linked to Te ao tangata | Social sciences, Kōtuitui was developed by New Zealand Football and Sport NZ. Register your school’s interest in Kōtuitui online.

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The Greatest Goal

NZ charity, Trees That Count has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign that aims to score The Greatest Goal: thousands of native trees planted across Aotearoa in celebration of co-hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ with support from the Department of Conservation. Be part of the action - donate $10 for a native tree and create a brighter future for generations to come.

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Bring your 14+ yr old rangitahi students to EQUALIZE, a free entry, gender-equity discussion series delivered in the four New Zealand FIFA Women’s World Cup host cities. EQUALIZE is designed to celebrate, challenge, and inspire current and future generations around the achievements, barriers faced, and pathways forward to girls and women in New Zealand and elsewhere.

Hamilton/Kirikiriroa 10:00am-1:00pm Friday, July 21, 2023
Wellington / Te Whanganui-a-Tara 10am-4pm Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Dunedin / Ōtepoti 9-10am Friday, July 28, 2023
Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau  12.30-4:30pm Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Financial support for transport is available please contact for more information before June 23.

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Inspiring the Future

Give your students an insight into what an exciting career in sport could look like with the Inspiring the Future initiative.  

Sign up to host an Inspiring the Future event either at your school or online and then select role models who can share their journey in sport with your students. These interactive sessions are a fun way to showcase the diversity of roles within sport and promote opportunities beyond being a professional athlete. The Inspiring the Future programme provides the role models and resources for the day, so all you have to do is sign up online, set a date for your event and choose who you’d like to attend. 

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Fantails is a new programme giving girls aged 4 to 12 a chance to try football or futsal in a fun and safe environment. It’s designed to help girls make friends, encounter role models, improve their skills and movement competency, boost their confidence, and most importantly have fun!  

Visit NZ Football’s website to find a Fantails hub near your school.  

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Make Your Move

GirlBoss New Zealand and the Ministry of Education have partnered to establish Make Your Move – an initiative that uses sport as a platform to encourage young women to explore careers in sports science, psychology, advanced medicine, surgery and other related fields. Make Your Move includes the GirlBoss Edge: Healthcare programme which saw 825 young women participate in a 10-day career accelerator online programme in April 2023. There are plans underway for more programmes to be delivered in the future. 

We’ll be updating this page with more information on programmes over the coming months – so watch this space.  

For more information about the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, please visit or Facebook and Instagram

Follow the Football Ferns on Facebook and Instagram for all the behind-the-scenes action.  

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