Healthy Active Learning is a joint initiative between Sport New Zealand and the Ministries of Health and Education assisting schools and kura to improve child and youth wellbeing through healthy eating and drinking, and quality physical activity.
In Tāmaki Makaurau, Sport New Zealand invests in Aktive who partners with Sport Waitākere in west Auckland. A number of Healthy Active Learning Advisors and Community Connectors currently work across west Auckland with 20 local primary and intermediate schools.
This team promotes and encourages active and healthy school environments, supports teacher confidence and development to deliver quality health and physical education curriculum programmes, and promotes better connections between schools and their local communities that enhance physical activity experiences for tamariki. If you would like to know more about Healthy Active Learning in west Auckland, please contact our team below.
OUR MAHI OUT WEST
The physical activity workforce works with primary and intermediate schools, with the following expected outcomes:
Schools and kura to understand and recognise the value of the Health and Physical Education and Hauora curriculum.
Schools and kura to create an environment that supports and promotes quality play, sport and physical activity.
Teachers and kaiako to be confident and capable in delivering the Health and Physical Education and Hauora curriculum.
Schools and kura to create a healthy food and drink environment.
Schools and kura to make well informed decisions when engaging with external providers.
Schools and kura to strengthen their connections with their wider community, including whānau and local health and physical activity providers.
Sarah Oto HealthyActive Learning Advisor
Sarah was teaching at a local West Auckland school for 16 years previous to her Healthy Active Learning Advisor role. She was active in the local Te Atatu area through her role as an Across School leader for the Te Atatu Kāhui Ako. She is passionate about supporting our education providers to help improve the wellbeing of our tamariki and rangatahi. Email
Shanley has been working in the education sector for over 15 years, most recently as a Healthy Active Learning Advisor at Sport Auckland. Her last school post was as a Deputy Principal at Long Bay College, she has also been a professional learning and development facilitator and lecturer at the University of Auckland College. Email
Christian Curtis Healthy Active Learning Community Connector
Christian has been working in the Sport and Rec sector for the past 5 years. He has developed a passion for bringing the community together, with a specific interest in our tamariki and rangatahi. Within his new role, he hopes to provide partnership and empowerment across our West Auckland Community. Email
Oliver Wooding Healthy Active Learning Community Connector
Oliver has a background in primary and intermediate education, as well as a bachelor's degree in Sport and Recreation, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice. He is passionate about creating and fostering community connections to promote and improve the wellbeing of tamariki and rangatahi. Email