Healthy Active Learning is a joint initiative between Sport New Zealand and Te Whatu Ora Healthy NZ and the Ministry of Education assisting schools and kura to improve child and youth wellbeing through healthy eating and drinking, and quality physical activity.

In Tāmaki Makaurau, Sport New Zealand invests in Aktive who partners with Sport Waitākere in West Auckland. A number of Healthy Active Learning Advisors and Community Connectors currently work across West Auckland with 20 local primary and intermediate schools.

This team promotes and encourages active and healthy school environments, supports teacher confidence and development to deliver quality health and physical education curriculum programmes, and promotes better connections between schools and their local communities that enhance physical activity experiences for tamariki. If you would like to know more about Healthy Active Learning in West Auckland, please contact our team below.​​​​​​​


The physical activity workforce works with primary and intermediate schools, with the following expected outcomes:

  • Schools and kura to understand and recognise the value of the Health and Physical Education and Hauora curriculum.

  • Schools and kura to create an environment that supports and promotes quality play, sport and physical activity.

  • Teachers and kaiako to be confident and capable in delivering the Health and Physical Education and Hauora curriculum.

  • Schools and kura to create a healthy food and drink environment.

  • Schools and kura to make well informed decisions when engaging with external providers.

  • Schools and kura to strengthen their connections with their wider community, including whānau and local health and physical activity providers.​​​​​​​


Sarah Oto
Healthy Active Learning Advisor

Sarah was teaching at a local West Auckland school for 16 years previous to her Healthy Active Learning Advisor role. She was active in the local Te Atatu area through her role as an Across School leader for the Te Atatu Kāhui Ako. She is passionate about supporting our education providers to help improve the wellbeing of our tamariki and rangatahi. Email

Shanley Joyce 
Healthy Active Learning Advisor

Shanley has been working in the education sector for over 15 years, most recently as a Healthy Active Learning Advisor at Sport Auckland.  Her last school post was as a Deputy Principal at Long Bay College, she has also been a professional learning and development facilitator and lecturer at the University of Auckland College. Email

Christian Curtis
Healthy Active Learning Community Developer

Christian has been working in the Sport and Rec sector for the past 5 years. He has developed a passion for bringing the community together, with a specific interest in our tamariki and rangatahi. Within his new role, he hopes to provide partnership and empowerment across our West Auckland Community. Email

Danny Silivelio
Healthy Active Learning Community Developer

Danny is a proud Samoan, who has a real passion for ensuring that his culture is at the very forefront of all he does. He has recently returned to West Auckland following a stint in Christchurch chasing his Rugby League dream, but found a real home in working for Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi who describe themselves as a “ a group of people, mostly Māori, committed to the holistic development of young people, their whanau and communities. Email