Healthy Active Learning 

Healthy Active Learning is a joint initiative with Sport New Zealand and the Ministries of Health and Education to work with 800 primary and intermediate schools and kuras across the country. The intention is to help improve the wellbeing of children and young people through healthy eating and drinking and quality physical activity.

The initiative is part of the Government’s Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy and has three components:

  • New Health and Physical Education and Hauora curriculum resources (Ministry of Education)
  • Toolkits and a health promotion workforce to support adoption and implementation of healthy food and water-only policies (Ministry of Health)
  • A physical activity workforce (Healthy Active Learning Advisors) (Sport NZ)
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Our work in Counties Manukau 

CLM Community Sport is a partner with Sport New Zealand and employs the Healthy Active Learning Advisory workforce to work with 40 primary and intermediate schools in phase one in the Counties Manukau region. Phase two in 2022 will support a further 53 schools.

The physical activity workforce will target primary and intermediate schools, with the following expected outcomes:

  • Children and young people are supported to make positive and informed choices about food, nutrition and physical activity.
  • Children and young people are supported to develop critical perspectives about food, nutrition and physical activity.
  • Children and young people are actively and positively engaged in learning.
  • School cultures, environments and processes value and prioritise quality physical activity and nutrition that meets students’ needs.
  • Schools and communities provide access to healthy food and quality physical activity.

Our Healthy Active Learning Advisors support school leaders and teachers to better plan and implement the Health and Physical Education and Hauora curriculum, identify and develop opportunities for quality physical activity experiences for tamariki (in school and in the community). Additionally provide advice on how to establish healthy behaviours and environments through supporting the adoption and implementation of healthy food and water-only policies.

Our Healthy Active Learning team 

Nikki Johnson
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Nikki Johnson

Healthy Active Learning Advisor

Nikki joins our team after roles as a Professional Expert in Physical Education as part of the Play.Sport initiative and as a Physical Education Advisor with Sport New Zealand. She has experience in the education sector as the Head of Physical Education and Health at Mangere College and as a Director of Sport at a secondary school in England. In 2019, Nikki was awarded an Education Doctorate with the thesis title being ‘Primary School Physical Education: Professional Learning as a Partnership between a Specialist and Generalists’. Nikki is also an elected member of the Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ) National Board and the Chairperson of the Auckland branch of PENZ. In her spare time, she enjoys golf and cycling having participated in numerous competitive sports in the past.

Jennifer Feret-Brear
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Jennifer Feret-Brear

Healthy Active Learning Advisor

Jennifer has been involved in primary education for over 15 years. Her experience has taken many forms including roles as a teacher, Kiwisport Activator, Primary Sport Advisor, and coach. Her practice has been informed by her Primary Education and Psychology degrees whilst her vast experience as an international softball coach has allowed her to work with individuals with varying abilities, values, and beliefs. Jennifer joins the team with a passion for inspiring our tamariki and a drive to empower others on their journeys.

Tracey-Lee Dalton
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Tracey-Lee Dalton

Healthy Active Learning Advisor

Tracey-Lee is passionate about education and empowering life-long learners. Consequently she gained Master degrees in both Management and Education and a doctorate regarding Wellbeing at Auckland University. Throughout her educational career she has worked in a range of sectors from early childhood to tertiary. Her broad professional experience includes working as a Health tutor, Kiwisport Manager and teaching special needs students. Within the learning area of Health and Physical Education she held leadership roles including EOTC Quality Management Lead, Health & Safety Lead and Outdoor Education Head of Department. She has been involved in sports coaching, serving on committees and running community events. She is an active person who enjoys a range of sports and outdoor activities with her whanau.

Jason Husband
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Jason Husband

Healthy Active Learning Advisor

Jason is the most recent addition to the Healthy Active Learning team, joining the team after time spent abroad. After completing a Bachelor of PE from Otago University, Jason’s passion for sports and physical activity continued to flourish working in various roles teaching, coaching and delivering recreational programmes both in New Zealand and overseas. Through these experiences, Jason has developed a broad scope of skills that enable him to bring a progressive and rejuvenated approach towards working with schools and tamariki.

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