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Tips for councils

Video transcript

[Play advocate: Scott MacKenzie speaking]

Hey I'm Scott from Sport New Zealand I work with in the area of play. Over the last couple of months we've had a whole lot of play champions and people who are passionate about play coming together to talk, test, and challenge ourselves, to ensure that we preserve and enhance play in New Zealand to the benefit of all young New Zealanders going into the future. We've got a few more tips for you guys so if you hang in there and stay tuned we'll have them to you in a minute.

[Community recreation advisor: Daphne Pilaar speaking]

A tip for councils is to think that play is part of everything that councils work on, so be it roading, be it parks, be it walkways, and to really integrate consideration about play and everything that a council does.

[Young people’s manager: Kane Wilson speaking]

Overall a major tip for any stakeholder in this is to provide opportunities and to provide support to give a quality experience.

[Community sport advisor: Jess McJorrow speaking]

My tip is around engaging with the young people. So finding out what it is that they want. Sometimes as adults we make some assumptions and we make decisions for them, so I think we need to make sure that we keep asking for their opinions. They will tell us what it is that they want and we need to provide that for them.

[Play advocate: Scott MacKenzie speaking]

In the council environment it's really important to understand that we need wide ranges of play opportunities - we call these play provision channels. So it's more than just playgrounds now, it's about the streets, it's about the shopping centres, it's about general public space. Any space is a play space and we should treat it that in its first instance.

[Young people consultant: Karen Laurie speaking]

So play is just absolutely crucial and we just need to make sure that we as adults enjoy, and allow the opportunity to enable kids to take ownership of that play themselves.

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