Play is a vital part of children's physical and cognitive development.

Sport NZ is supporting and advocating for play in several ways throughout New Zealand. 

Find links below to resources such as guides to develop play awareness within your organisation, videos about how to encourage play and what to think about when designing spaces for children’s play. 

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Play Week Aotearoa 2021 – Say yes to play!

Play Week Aotearoa 2021 is a celebration of play and its value to tamariki, whānau and communities across Aotearoa. It’s about encouraging play at home, in your neighbourhood and within your local environments, where lockdown restrictions allow.

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Māori Voices of Play – Insights Report

Learn, discover and understand Māori play within the context of Aotearoa New Zealand – what Māori play looked like in the past, what it means to whānau now and what they aspire it to look like in the future. A rich collection of voices of Māori play and the lived experiences of individuals and their whānau.

New play initiatives

See what others around New Zealand are doing to promote play and well-being with tamariki. Play is vital in ensuring young people have the best possible start in life and a crucial part of their physical, cognitive social/emotional and spiritual development.

The importance of play

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