Mental Health Awareness Week 8-14 October 2018

Let nature in, strengthen your wellbeing – Mā te taiao, kia whakapakari tōu oranga

Connecting with nature can uplift your wairua/spirit and promote mental health and wellbeing.

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Five Ways to Wellbeing are five simple yet proven actions you can use every day to help you find balance, build resilience and boost your wellbeing.


Connect / Whakawhanaungatanga

The illustration shows the connection between people and nature, particularly in places of cultural significance. The marae and two people in a hongi represents people receiving and giving strength to each other. Their wellbeing is boosted through a community context.

Take Notice / Me Aro Tonu

The whānau/family on the hill are looking up at Ranginui/Sky Father, discovering his role and admiring his beauty. They’re learning about themselves and the natural environment as they do it. Another illustration representing ‘Take Notice’ is the woman in the middle of the poster, who is closing her eyes and paying more attention to the present moment, her thoughts, feelings and the world around her.

Keep Learning / Me Ako Tonu

Connecting to places that enrich cultural identity feature throughout the design. Maunga, awa, whenua and marae are all places that are spoken about in a pepeha (how Māori connect through their whakapapa/genealogy). The illustration encourages you to continue learning about your whakapapa, regardless of where you come from, and to reconnect with your family. You might find this illustration aligns well with ‘Keep Learning’, another action from the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

Be Active / Me Kori Tonu

Featured throughout the illustration is fishing, running, playing, biking, hiking and being mindful. These are just a selection of common ways to be physically active in Aotearoa.

Give / Tukua

Giving is all about sharing the first of your harvest. Papatūānuku is gifting the kete/basket of kaimoana/seafood, and the sun is providing warmth and energy, and acting as a kaitiaki/guardian in the sky to support the work of Ranginui.

More information »

Fact sheet: About the Five Ways to Wellbeing »

Source: Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand


Te Wiki o te Reo | Māori Māori Language Week

September 10th-14th

Theme: Kia Kaha te Reo Māori

‘Kia Kaha’ is well known in New Zealand meaning ‘be strong’. We’re talking about language health, strength and revitalisation. So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying -‘Let’s make the Māori language strong’!

“Strength for an endangered language comes from its status, people being aware of how to support revitalisation, people acquiring and using it and from the language having the right words and terms to be used well for any purpose.”
Source: Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori

Wellington Events

Māori Language Parade

10th September 2018

The hīkoi will start at 12pm at Parliament grounds and continue through the centre of town to ‘Te Ngākau’ (Civic Square).

The organisers, The Māori Language Commission, are hoping for bright, colourful and themed parade with walkers and floats dressed to celebrate te reo Māori.

The Dowse Art Museum

10th -16th Sep, 10am – 5pm ǀ Free

Drop into The Hive – a family lounge and discover puzzles, stories, crafts and activities to explore and celebrate Te Reo Māori.

National Library – Children’s Stories and Sustainable Art

Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, Saturday 15 September 2018 10:30am – 12:30pm

Fun for mokopuna and tamariki. Enjoy stories in English and te reo Māori and to make some great earth friendly art!

Learn from our resident story teller. Resident story teller Watene Kaihua will present interactive te reo stories where tamariki can learn new words and have fun.

Make a kete or poi from recycled materials, do some colouring in or make a mask of an Atua (Māori god).

About Te Wiki o te Reo

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is a government-sponsored initiative intended to encourage New Zealanders to promote the use of the Māori language, which, along with English and New Zealand Sign Language, is an official language of the country. Māori Language Week is part of a broader revival of the Māori language.

It has been celebrated since 1975 and is currently spearheaded by Te Puni Kōkiri (the Ministry of Māori Development) and the Māori Language Commission, with many organizations including schools, libraries, and government departments participating.
Source: Wikipedia


Early Learning Strategic Plan

Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga

A new strategic plan is being developed to set the direction and vision for early learning, for the next 10 years. The groups working on the draft plan are currently seeking people’s views through an online survey.

Their work will also draw on the Education Summit events and the broader Education Conversation.

A Ministerial Advisory Group, a larger Reference Group that includes sector stakeholders, and the Ministry of Education are working together to develop the draft plan.


This is your chance to have your say on the future of New Zealand education for children from 0 – 5 years old. Nearly all New Zealand children attend early learning services before starting school.

What do you think is working well and what could be changed to improve early learning for all New Zealand children?

Start the survey now.

Closes 31 Jul 2018