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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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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.


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. 


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.  

New Zealand Careers Expo

With events across the motu young people can connect with employers, industry, government agencies, and training providers. Starting with Christchurch on 11 May 2023, Careers Expo will hold seven free-to-enter regional expos across the country. There’s also the Online Expo that provides regularly updated content and resources year round. For more information visit 

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  

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

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