The Sport Whanganui Healthy Active Learning team presents a day dedicated to support Tumuaki, Senior Leaders and Kaiako to reflect on the place and value of Hauora/Wellbeing in their kura and how this can be incorporated into a whole school approach.

Hear from keynote speaker Gregor Fountain, Strategic Engagement Manager at Sport New Zealand with an in-depth presentation on making courageous decisions for wellbeing in our school communities. Guest workshop presentations from Ministry of Education, Tuia Connect Consulting, and Te Whatu Ora.

DATE & TIME: Friday 10 May 2024, 9am – 3pm

VENUE: L1, Community House, 60 Ridgeway Street, Whanganui

COST: FREE – spaces are limited. Max 40 participants.

REGISTER BY: Wednesday 1st May (Week 1, Term 2).


09:00 – 09:30Registration
09:30 – 10:00Welcome – Mihi, Introductions, Whanaungatanga
10:00 – 10:45Keynote presentation – Gregor Fountain, Sport New Zealand
Making courageous decisions for wellbeing
10:45 – 11:05Karakai Kai – Morning Tea
11:05 – 11:45Meg Fisher – Mindful Activity
11:45 – 12:30
Morning Workshops
Workshop 1:  Te Ahu Teki – Exploring TWTW and building staff culture  
Workshop 2: Bridgette and Michelle MOE – Ata and Oho and other resources –
linking with school values 
12:30 – 13:15Workshop 3: Meg Fisher – Ideas for Wellbeing Resources
13:15 – 13:45Karakia Kai – Lunch
13:45 – 14:30
Afternoon Workshops
Workshop 4:  Dipti  Te Whatu Ora – Mindfulness and nutrition   
Workshop 5: Gregor, Sport NZ and Bridgette and Michelle MOE – 
A Whole School Approach
14:30 – 14:45Wrap-up and Reflection


Guest Keynote Speaker

Gregor Fountain, Sport New Zealand

Gregor Fountain is Sport New Zealand’s Strategic Engagement Manager.  In this role, he supports Sport New Zealand and its partners to effectively engage with the education sector.  Prior to joining Sport New Zealand, Gregor had more than 25 years as a secondary school teacher and leader.  He was the Principal of Paraparaumu College (2013-2018) and Wellington College (2018-2022). 

Guest Workshop Presenters

Te Ahu Teki, Director of Connect Consulting

Ko Ruapehu ko Taranaki ōku maunga 
Ko Whanganui ko Kai Iwi ōku awa 
Ko Aotea tōku waka 
Ko Ranana, ko Te Aroha ōku marae 
Ko Te Atihaunui a Paparangi me Ngā Rauru Kītahi ngā iwi 
Ko Ngati Ruaka, Ko Ngāti Pūkeko me Ngāti Iti ngā hapū 
Ko Te Ahu Teki tōku ingoa 

Te Ahu comes with over 15 years’ experience in education in a variety of leadership roles. He has always had a passion for coaching and empowering others on their journey, whether it be in the classroom, in the boardroom, working with corporate and public sector clients or on the sports field. 

Dipti Pandrangi, Healthy Active Learning Advisor, Te Whatu Ora

Dipti is a Healthy Active Learning Advisor employed by the National Public Health Service, Whanganui. Her role is to support schools with Nutrition and Wellbeing. Prior to this role, Dipti was trained as a specialist doctor back in UK and moved to New Zealand 6yrs ago. Having passion towards wellbeing and serving our communities, she did Public Health and Health Promotion studies here to understand our Whanganui rohe and the cultural diversity of our beautiful New Zealand. As a mum of two young kids, Dipti understands how important the Healthy Active Learning is for our tamariki at schools.

Meg Fisher, Manahau

Meg has a background in psychology and a keen interest in mental health and wellbeing. Meg is a trained teacher, and her teaching has taken her across the globe. She has worked as an advisor and social content writer across the Sparklers website and most recently she has joined the Manahau team as their co-designer and writer.

Michelle Cronin, Curriculum Advisor, Ministry of Education

Kia ora koutou. Ko Michelle Cronin taku ingoa, no Taranaki ahau.

I have recently joined the Curriculum Lead team at Te Mahau, based in Taranaki but working across both Whanganui and Taranaki regions. It is an exciting opportunity for me to work alongside educators to support curriculum development within schools.

With a passion for teaching and learning, leadership, culture and identity, partnering with communities, and the Health & Physical Education curriculum I feel privileged to be part of today’s network.

My experiences in education include 16 years of principalship through rural U1 schools to urban U4 schools in Taranaki, and 24 years within primary schools in total. I have recently completed a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and have previously led Health & Physical Education within schools where I’ve valued the interagency network and focus on community action for the benefit of tamariki and their whānau.

Brigitte Luke, Ministry of Education

Kia ora koutou. Ko Brigitte Luke angi au, no Taranaki au. 

Brigitte joined the curriculum lead team in 2023. Prior to this she was principal for 9 years at Rahotu Primary School, south of New Plymouth. She has 30 years’ experience in education, teaching across primary, intermediate, secondary and area schools. In between extensive travel, she has also worked as a behavioural specialist, a Resource Teacher of Literacy, a SENCO, a deputy principal, and the Head of Faculty in the arts department. 

Between 2020-2022 Brigitte worked alongside education provider Te Rito Maioha and co-wrote the course content for the Bachelor of Education degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Education. 


Workshop 1:  Exploring TWTW and building staff culture

Facilitated by Te Ahu Teki

This workshop will use pūrakau and Te Whare Tapa Whā model to support participants through practical reflections to make connections. Your understanding of this model of health will deepen with creative activities and a chance to think about your personal goals and those of your kura. The activities can be adapted to be used back at school with staff and tamariki.

Workshop 2: Ata and Oho

Facilitated by Brigitte Luke and Michelle Cronin

Talking about what’s going on inside can be hard, especially for kids. Oho and Ata safely facilitate tricky conversations, enhance mana and make the kōrero fun. These groundbreaking resources are critical tools in the government’s Te Tiriti o Waitangi-led response to social and emotional learning. 

In this session, Brigitte and Michelle will support workshopping practical ideas for using the Oho and Ata social and emotional resources and linking it to narratives and school values. 

The second part of this session will also delve into the new resource “Mental Health Education and Hauora for Primary: Teaching interpersonal skills, resilience and wellbeing”, which has fantastic lesson ideas for teaching these topics.  

Workshop 3: Ideas for Wellbeing – Unpacking the Resources

Facilitated by Meg Fisher  

This session will unpack all those amazing resources that you have never had time to unpack and sift through. Meg will highlight digital classroom toolkits, which are aligned with the NZ curriculum, evidence and science backed. These resources also look into ways that you can create a whole school approach which also then leads into fostering a supportive bridge between school and whānau.  

Workshop 4:  Mindfulness and Nutrition

Facilitated by Dipti Pandrangi

Kaiako will be introduced to the Manawakura kai resource, which was developed by Dietician Kate Rhodes, when she was part of Sport New Zealand’s Healthy Active Learning team. Rather than focusing on just the nutritional value of kai, the focus is on the big picture of kai and eating. 

The resource contains three overall key themes with activities: Mauri (Vitality), Hononga (Relationships), and Taioranga (Nutritional value). Within each of these themes are key kai messages. We hope these messages will help to build your nutrition knowledge and confidence, in order to share this knowledge with the tamariki you teach.  

Participants will be provided with a paper copy of the resource, along with a PDF version. 

Workshop 5:  A Whole School Approach

Facilitated by Gregor Fountain, Brigitte Luke and Michelle Cronin  

Tumuaki will have a chance to reflect on earlier learnings around the place and value of Hauora/Wellbeing in their kura and how this can be incorporated into a whole school approach.