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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.

We’re encouraging you to say yes to play. It’s the easiest way for tamariki and whānau to stay active. Play is fun, it offers freedom and chances to take risks. It’s how our tamariki learn to problem solve, get creative, make mistakes and create new friendships. They get to build the attitudes, skills and life-long love of being active.

Play also allows tamariki to experience joy and laughter in a way that is important to them.

During Play Week Aotearoa 2021 whānau across Aotearoa are encouraged to do something for play no matter how big or small.

It’s been a tough time for many lately and COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of wellbeing for whānau and tamariki. Taking time out to have some fun will help lift everyone’s spirits through play. It’s as easy as saying yes to play. Aotearoa, Tākaro Mai!

Play Week Aotearoa is being promoted across New Zealand by government agencies (Sport NZ and a number of government agencies - Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Department of Conservation, Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, ACC, Ministry of Health), Regional Sports Trusts, councils, Kaupapa Māori NGOs and stakeholders, and other organisations who want to share the importance of play with the communities they work with and to encourage them to play.

Aotearoa, Tākaro Mai!

Ko te Wiki Tākaro o Aotearoa 2021 tētahi wiki hei whakanui i te tākaro me tōna painga ki ngā tamariki, ki ngā whānau, ki ngā hapori huri noa i Aotearoa.
Ko te kaupapa matua ko te akiaki i te tangata ki te tākaro ki te kāinga, ki roto i tōna hapori, ki roto i te taiao anō hoki (te taiao e noho nei te tangata).

Ko te tākaro tētahi ara māmā e rēhia ai te tangata, koirā hoki te ara māmā rawa hei whakakorikori i ngā tamariki me te whānau. He pārekareka te tākaro, ka wātea noa te tangata, ka rere te wairua. Mā te tākaro ka ako te tamaiti ki te whakatika i ōna raruraru, ki te tuku i ōna whakaaro auaha, ki te whakahoahoa ki ētahi atu. Kei roto i ngā tākaro Māori ko te reo, ko ngā tikanga, ko ngā pūrakau tae atu rā ki ngā kōrero tuku iho. Nā reira, ka hihiko te hinengaro o te tamaiti i te tākaro, ka whānui ake tōna mōhio ki a ia anō, ā, ka tupu mai te aroha ki te tākaro, he aroha mau roa.

Mā te kīanga, ‘kia kawea tātou e te hiringa tākaro’, ka ākina te tamaiti ki te ruku hōhonu ki te ao tākaro, mā reira ia e whai wheako ai ki ngā painga, ā-wairua nei, ā-tinana hoki, o taua ao, ā, mā reira hoki ia e harikoa ai.

I te Wiki Tākaro o Aotearoa 2021 ka ākina ngā whānau katoa huri noa i Aotearoa ki te tākaro, ahakoa pēhea te iti, te nui rānei o te mahi. He mahi pai noa iho te tākaro, nā reira, kia kawea koutou e te hiringa tākaro i tēnei wiki. E ngā iwi o Aotearoa, tākaro mai!

Play Week Ambassadors

Dame Valerie Adams and Bret McKenzie are helping us celebrate and promote play. Find out about their favourite childhood games and why it’s important they give time to their kids to play. Dame Valerie and Bret offer great play ideas and inspiration for getting out and playing with whānau.

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