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Play Facilitators

We have something for everyone!

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Conscious Kids

Nature Play

Conscious Kids' nature programs are designed as an antidote to the fast-paced technology-filled world many children now inhabit. Our children’s lives are so filled with structure, that this program aims to give them a break from instruction and allow them to play as they like, for as long as they like, within a framework of respect for those around them and the environment.


Conscious Kids

Junk Play - Loose Parts Fun

An Adventure Pop Up Playground is an event where various loose parts or raw materials are brought to a location for YOU to use as you see fit based on your interests and motivations. A unique and creative play experience, great for children of all ages as the materials change. They are also great for adults. That's right! YOU need to make time in your busy schedule to play too.
You will construct your own play spaces, limited only by your imaginations!

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Ngā Taonga Takaro

Wiremu Sarich

Wiremu is a leading exponent in the resurgence of Ngā Taonga Tākaro (traditional Māori games\pastimes) who lives by the proverbial philosophy “Kia kawea tatou e te rehia,” (let us be swept away by the pursuit of fun. leisure and entertainment).

Ngā Taonga Tākaro offers a unique insight into traditional Māori pedagogies that help to inform the Māori world view. We will explore numerous games and activities that will challenge participants a-tinana, a- hinengaro, a-ngakau, a-wairua (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual).

Auckland Dante Alighieri 

Italian Society

Società Dante Alighieri Auckland is a society for everyone who is interested in all things Italian. The society exists to promote Italian language and culture in Auckland, organizing regular social and cultural events, and running language classes for adults and children.


They are bringing Italian games like rubabandiera, palla avvelenata and Italian card games like scopa and briscola.

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Tina Talaic 


Waiata and Flax Weaving

Tēnā koutou katoa, ko Tina Talaic tōku ingoa he uri tēnei nō Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngā Puhi, Tainui, Ngāi Tūhoe anō hoki. E mihi kau ana ki a tātou katoa!!

My name is Tina Talaic, my whānau & I would love to share some beautiful Waiata Māori, Haka, Poi, and tī tī tōrea /rakau (stick games) with all the tamariki at the Play festival.
We will be singing all the favourite, well known waiata Māori for everyone to enjoy.
Please come along & have fun.

Ngā mihi nui 

Tina Talaic & whānau 😊


New Zealand Healthy Lifestyle Society

Asian Games and Lifestyle Club

The New Zealand Healthy Lifestyle Society  advocates for better health and wellbeing for the Asian community, inherit and carry forward Asian traditional culture
and food. A world where individuals live fulfilling and healthy lives through proactive choices and

At the Play Festival they will be focusing on sharing Asian Culture and Traditional Asian games.

Council Mobile Library 

Books and Games

The Auckland Council Mobile Library will be at the Play Festival with a van full of amazing reads for you and the whānau!

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Traditional Pasifika Games

POP UP PLAY is a Pasifika-owned social enterprise that empowers people to live healthier fuller lives through the power of play. Whether it is a Community event, Party, Festival, Team bonding day, Virtual Wellness Hour, all services are unique and personalized for each occasion.

For the inaugural PLAY Festival, POP UP PLAY will be bringing to you its very first Pasifika Play Village featuring a taste of music, dance, food, and traditional PLAY from the islands of the Pacific.


Korea-NZ Cultural Association

Traditional Korean Games

The Korea-NZ Cultural Association commemorates Korean culture and brings together Korean communities in New Zealand through their website and many social media platforms.


At the Play Festival they will bring traditional Korean games: Takjichigi, Tuho, and Jegichagi. 

The Rhythm Centre

Giving Marimba a go

The Rhythm Centre promotes rhythm, drumming and percussion to empower people via community performance events, village drum circles, rhythm in schools, corporate team building, festivals, practical workshops, instrument making and more.

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Team Japan

Traditional Japanese Games

Enjoy the culture and charm of Japan with fun and traditional activities such as Origami, Japanese spin top, and other variety of traditional Japanese toys.

Woodbotherer Games

Wooden Games and Activities

Come and play in our wooden arcade!

Suitable for all ages - challenge yourself, your family and friends with over 10 over-sized and fantastical wooden games. Inspired by old world Europe, traveling carnivals and tactical games such as Connect 4, these games blend old traditions with a modern twist and are works of art in themselves.


You will be guiding a ball up a vertical maze, balancing blocks, rolling a ball along a wobbly track and much much more!

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Chess and Board Games

SPLICE is a movement that invites individuals, groups, organisations and networks from across Auckland City Centre to engage in an adventure: to engage in meaningful connections, to create authentic community and enable social justice. We practice radical hospitality and inclusiveness as a core function.

Biodanza New Zealand

Mindful Dancing

Agnes Cofiño, Biodanza Facilitator -Rolando Toro System- Life coach, mum of 2 and lover of life. From Argentina, bringing all the flavours from South America, is ready to connect us with joy and playfulness through free expression, games and movement.



Circus Play - in the forest

The kaupapa of Circability is to improve lives and impact social change through innovation in the delivery of social circus arts. A primary focus of our work is developing inclusion programmes for people with disabilities - and enhancing creative career employment options for all.

Kura Rēhia

Traditional Māori Games

Kura Rēhia is about celebrating te reo Māori through play. Our bilingual games help whānau and school communities learn te reo Māori by playing together (rather than memorising lists), creating deep learning and connection. Our aim is for Aotearoa to experience te reo Māori as central to how we have fun together as whānau and friends. Kia kawea tātou e te rēhia.- Let us be taken by the spirit of play.

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Traditional Māori Sport

Based on the legend of Rahitutakahina and the rescue of his wife Tiarakurapakewai, this tākaro is a reflection of Tupuna story telling at its best, as well as provides an insight into the way in which they would explain and design Tākaro to reflect their unique "world view".

Toi Tangata

Traditional Māori Games

Toi Tangata is a Māori agency that develops, delivers, and champions kaupapa Māori based approaches to kori (physical activity) and kai (nutrition). Toi Tangata specialises in healthy living and healthy learning based on Māori knowledge. We draw from mātauranga Māori to inform, advise and empower people who are active in health and related social services.

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Romanian Sport

Hungerball is fun, fast-paced games that combine football, hockey, and other ball games are played inside a 6-sided inflatable arena where each player blocks a goal and attacks at the same time. Created in New Zealand & loved by the world, Hungerball is delivered by our awesome facilitators who are trained to run the games so that everybody is included and has fun so be sure to bring the whole whānau!

Malaysian & Indonesian Traditional Games

Embark on an extraordinary journey through the vibrant worlds of Malaysian and Indonesian traditional plays. Witness the captivating artistry of Batu Seremban, the strategic charm of Congkak, and the spellbinding spins of Guli. These unforgettable traditional plays promise a kaleidoscope of colours, sounds, and emotions that will leave you enchanted.


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