We provide advice and resources to education settings to encourage their communities to lead healthier lives. 

Ensuring the places New Zealanders’ live, work, learn and play are healthy and safe is a core part of our work.

Early childhood education services, schools and tertiary education providers are ideal settings for developing positive environments and building positive social and emotional wellbeing. They can promote wellbeing through their vision, values and strategic priorities, and through the deliberate design of their curriculum and policies.

What does Te Hiringa Hauora do?

Through our work and our relationships with others we:

  • promote messages, share information, and support best practice health promotion (using a whole school approach) in education settings
  • develop and promote tools and resources that support and embed health and wellbeing in education settings.

Support for education settings

Play your best card

A novel team-based card game for secondary school teachers and youth workers who want to inspire teens’ critical thinking and encourage conversation about challenges that are going on for them right now, or that they might encounter in the future.

Play Your Best Card was co-designed with teens, secondary school teachers and youth facilitators. 

Help for the tough times

Help for the Tough Times provides a quick guide to four New Zealand websites that were especially designed to support teens when they are feeling stressed, anxious or out of their depth.

Vaping and schools

Under the Smoke-free Environments Act schools, kura kaupapa, early childhood education centres, and kōhanga reo must be smokefree - indoors and out, 24/7. From 11 November 2020 this will also be extended to include vaping.

What can schools do to protect children and young people?

Smokefree at school

The Smokefree at School website contains information, tools and resources to help education settings be truly smokefree. 

We sponsor the national music events for secondary schools - Smokefreerockquest and Smokefree Tangata Beats.

Nutrition resources for schools

We have developed a number of nutrition resources specifically for schools.

Want to become a water and plain milk only school? Download the guide

View our 100% Water resources

View our other school nutrition resources


School-based immunisations

We work closely with the Ministry of Health's immunisation team to provide communications and marketing support for its National Immunisation Programme. The school-based immunisation programme provides recommended immunisations for children aged 11 and 12 years.