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Let nature into your workplace – Tukua te uho taiao ki roto nā papa mahi!

We have a range of resources for your workplaces to help you participate in Mental Health Awareness Week, during the week and beyond:

Let nature into your workplace – Tukua te uho taiao ki roto nā papa mahi (workplace tips and activities to engage teams and individuals)

Keen to inspire and motivate your people and teams to Let nature in and strengthen workplace wellbeing? We’ve got a whole range of suggested activities for you in this fact sheet.

About the Five Ways

Use this fact sheet to help your people understand and engage with the Five Ways to Wellbeing in nature this Mental Health Awareness Week.

Engaging people and teams

In case the nature focus isn’t quite right for your workplace, this fact sheet offers a broader range of activities (not just nature related) to help you have fun and introduce the Five Ways to Wellbeing into your Mental Health Awareness Week.

Action Plan template

Use this simple template to work out who is doing what, by when, to bring your Mental Health Awareness Week activities to life.

Five Ways to Wellbeing at Work Toolkit

Co-developed with the Health Promotion Agency, the toolkit offers a range of fact sheets, tips, tools and templates to make it easy for you to support your teams to build the Five Ways into their day-to-day lives.

From tips for leaders to Five Ways information sheets and interactive team games, we’ve got you covered. And we’ve already tailored some of the activities and team games to MHAW’s Let nature in theme, so check these out too.

New Working Well Five Ways resource

Whether you’re presenting a two-hour workshop on the Five Ways and mental wellbeing or picking and choosing some key activities for your people and teams, our ‘Enhancing Mental Wellbeing: Five Ways to Wellbeing at Work’ resources are for you.

There’s fact sheets, a workshop facilitator guide, PowerPoint slides and worksheets to help you introduce and explore the Five Ways with your people. The resources are practical and can be tailored to your workplace. We’ve received glowing feedback on these resources to date.

Open Minds

For support on making mental health part of the conversation, see our Open Minds resources. Developed as part of the Like Minds, Like Mine programme, they provide managers with practical tips to have positive conversations about mental health in the workplace.

Keen to learn more about mental wellbeing in the workplace, but not sure where to begin? 

We’ve selected some of our key fact sheets to help you…


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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