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Colouring Comp

Entries for our annual colouring competition for Mental Health Awareness Week have closed. 

In 2018, we focused on the Five Ways to Wellbeing in nature, asking Kiwis to Let nature in to strengthen their wellbeing – Mā te taiao, kia whakaparkari tōu oranga!

Connecting with nature can uplift your wairua/spirit and promote wellbeing, so with this activity, we encouraged all kids to get outdoors to connect with the joy and wonder of being in nature.  

What to do:

  1. Download and print a copy of our colouring competition.
  2. Head outside into nature and show us how you connect with it, what you see, smell and hear. Draw and colour-in everything you see. 
  3. Post your entry so we receive it before 5pm Friday, 26 October 2018 to: Mental Health Foundation, PO Box 10051, Dominion Rd, Auckland 1446.
  4. Or scan or snap a picture of your entery and email it to us with the subject line ‘Colouring competition entry’.

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The colouring competition is open to children aged between 4–12 (but anyone who likes to draw can still take part!).

Age groups:

The three lucky winners from each age group will win a $100 Prezzy card. Entries close 5pm on Friday, 26 October 2018 and winners will be notified by Friday, 9 November 2018, via phone or email. Terms and conditions apply.


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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