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Workplace Challenge

Entries for the MHAW Workplace Challenge have closed. 

In 2018, our Workplace Challenge helped workplaces Connect with Ranginui/Sky Father and Papatūānuku/Earth Mother, Keep Learning about Māori ancestral knowledge and our New Zealand history and Take Notice of how it can strengthen wellbeing at work.


How can my workplace take part?


Here are some ideas to get you thinking... You’ll find more inspiration here:


What you’ll win! 

A morning tea worth $200 for your team (up to 30 people) and promotion of your workplace winning the challenge.


How to enter?

The competition opens 9am on Monday, 8 October 2018 and any activity must take part during MHAW week. You must have completed your activity by 5pm on Friday, 12 October 2018. In order to enter the challenge, please email us with the subject line 'Workplace Challenge' and include your workplace name, how many people work there, what types of activities you did for the challenge and a photo/video if you have one.  To be eligible for the prize you must submit an entry by 5pm Friday, 12 October 2018. Read our full terms and conditions.


Me whakawhanaunga 

Maramataka: Mutuwhenua

Monday 8 October

The moon phase today is called Mutuwhenua – it’s the last day of the lunar cycle. We suggest focusing on connecting with your whānau, friends and community in nature.

Focus on connecting with nature to uplift your wairua/spirit and those around you.


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Keep learning

Me ako tonu

Maramataka: Whiro

Tuesday 9 October

The moon phase today is called Whiro, the new moon, the beginning of the new moon cycle. A day where activity was minimal, a day for wananga/learning. This makes Tuesday a great day to Keep Learning.


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Take notice

 Me aro tonu

Maramataka: Tirea

Wednesday 10 October



The new moon is beginning to expand ever so slightly and can just be seen. See nature through a different lens and take some time to Take Notice and be inspired by what’s happening around you.


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Be active

Me kori tonu

Maramataka: Ohoata

Thursday 11 October

Today is a very good day for fishing, eeling and crayfishing, and a good day for planting which means it’s a great day to Be Active! Getting outside and exercising is good for your overall health and wellbeing and strengthens your connection with nature.

Remember to encourage people to be as physically active as their fitness and mobility allow. You don’t have to run a marathon to be active!


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Maramataka: Ouenuku

Friday 12 October

This is the fourth night of the lunar month. Today is a good day to rekindle your connections with nature, re-tell stories with whānau and give back.

Nature provides for us – it gives us everything we need to not only survive but thrive. We, in turn, have a kaitiaki/guardianship role to give back to nature for future generations.

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