Sport Bay of Plenty

Active Families

Active Families service throughout COVID-19

While our Sport Bay of Plenty Active Families team are working from home, we are still contacting current whanau and processing and contacting new referrals. We will continue to provide a lifestyle support service, but instead of face to face contact, we are supporting whanau through calling them to provide advice and support.

Referrers you can continue to refer through our normal pathways.

For Active Families queries please contact Larissa Cuff, Health Team Leader:

021 023 79615


Children's Health Programme

Active Families is a free programme to support, encourage, and motivate families to make healthier lifestyle choices by increasing their levels of physical activity and changing their eating habits. Duration of the programme is up to 12 months depending on the needs of the individual and their family. The programme is for children aged between 4 ½ and 18 years old.

How does it work?

Participants are visited either in their homes or at the Sport Bay of Plenty office. Meetings are scheduled regularly (at least monthly) to track progress.

Face to face meetings focus on becoming more active, both individually and as a family. These include practical ideas, resources on what is available and a lot of encouragement and motivation to improve physical activity levels and eating habits. Goals are set at each session to work towards and focus on. Your child can be referred through your local GP, practice nurse or health professional.

What support will I get on the programme?

  • Monthly family visits for up to a year to set goals, review progress and support you to make positive lifestyle changes.
  • Help with setting physical activity and healthy eating goals.
  • Lots of fun ideas on how to get active with your whanau / family plus the Active Families Advisor can help to link you with a variety of sporting and recreational groups in your area.
  • Information on free and affordable physical activity options for you to enjoy.
  • There are organized activity sessions with other families on the programme during school holidays encouraging families to be active together.
  • Encouragement to make changes to your current eating habits and provide affordable recipe ideas.
  • Support for your child and family to take ownership of their future health and wellbeing.

The Active Families Programme encourages the whole whanau to get involved through creating ongoing, enjoyable lifestyle changes to help you achieve a healthy and balanced way of life and a positive future! Talk to your GP now for further information.

Meet the Active Families Team

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Sonia Lynds

Recreation Team Leader

021 456 967


Lena Kairau

Active Families Advisor (WBOP)

027 837 7351

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Karen Stanton

Recreation Advisor (EBOP)

027 554 1428

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