Nurture your wellbeing in nature

Our wellbeing is a key part of keeping healthy and happy, and it's as easy as stepping out the door! Whether it's a stroll through the local park or watching the clouds, bringing nature into your everyday life is proven to improve your physical and mental well being!

We can connect with nature anywhere, and we have a range of activities that can be done online, at home, in your back garden or local to home. 

Explore nature with your whānau.

Humans are social creatures, it’s no wonder that we need to connect with others to feel happy and secure!

There’s no better way to connect with your whānau than in the great outdoors.

Hop, walk or have a little kanikani (dance)

Whether you’re hopping, walking or even having a little kanikani (dance) - movement and exercise helps to increase mental alertness, energy and positive mood.

Feel the wind on your face and grass under your feet as you explore your neighbourhood, it's aroaromahana (spring) after all. Catch a sunset, listen to the streams or even do a little yoga - every little bit counts.

Take notice of the world around you. 

Uncover the wild in your backyard, and in the putiputi (flowers) blooming!

Sometimes, living in cities and suburbs make recognising wildlife hard – but if you pause and pay attention, you might see something quite remarkable. 

  • What plants do you see? Pōhutukawa, harakeke, kōwhai
  • Can you see tiny critters crawling or flying about? Crickets, worms, skinks, butterflies, bees
  • Watch some of our animal cameras

Conservation Week Te Wiki Tiaki Ao Tūroa 

We are celebrating New Zealand Conservation week from home this year across the 4–12 of September. 

Learn more about conservtion week with the Department of Conservation.

Māori Language Week Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 

We are celebrating Māori Language Week from home this year across the 13–19 of September. 

Learn more about Te Wiki o te Reo Māori with Te Taura Whiri.

Explore our te reo resources here

Te wiki o te reo Māori

Mental Health Awareness Week

We are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week from home this year across the 27 of September to the 3 of October. 

Learn more about conservtion week with The Mental Health Foundation .