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Te Puna Taiao: How can our outdoor spaces provide meaningful interactions for tamariki and communities?

Hannah Simmonds and Erin Green

The connection between the environment and our individual wellbeing can be seen through our indigenous histories, traditional ways of living, and understanding of health benefits of living in balance with our land, water, and sky. Educational settings can be reimagined and transformed to better use outdoor spaces and build the wellbeing of our tamariki and their whānau. This article shares learnings from five communities that have been on a journey to understand how to redesign and use their educational spaces differently so that their students, and the wider communities they serve, can experience improved wellbeing.

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