Children and young people

There are more than 900,000 children and young people aged 5-18 in New Zealand, and only 7% are meeting the New Zealand guidelines for physical activity through physical education, sport, exercise and active recreation.

It is recommended that children and young people do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. For one reason or another, this isn’t the case for most of them. 

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Every Body Active: Strategic plan 2020 - 2024

We have confirmed our efforts over the period of 2020-24 will be focused on tamariki (5-11) and rangatahi (12-18-year-olds) however, we will be further tailoring these efforts to provide an even greater level of focus. With tamariki this will be through Play and Physical Education and with rangatahi it will be Active Recreation and Sport. 

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Children and young people research

Investigating children and young people's participation and wellbeing in play, active recreation and sport.




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