What we do

We are advocates for the Te Puna Taiao kaupapa, to government, iwi, hapū, schools, and to private funders to improve maximise the potential of our outdoor spaces. We also provide a portal to relevant research and to share learnings from our evaluative research.

When working with stakeholders, our role is to listen to what each interested school and community wants to achieve for their unique situation, and to help get them there.  We empower tamariki and communities by providing practical support in re-imagining what their spaces could look like, helping them to secure funding, and implement the approach, right through to through to assisting with re-thinking how outdoor spaces are used.

At present we have four focus areas for our broader work


1. Research and information-sharing

We keep up to date with research in relevant fields and help to disseminate it, as well as giving ideas for how scientific research can be translated into practice.

2. Establishing best-practice and giving inspiration

We work to help set the standard for what makes best-practice outdoor spaces, providing flexible ideas and inspiration that can be adapted to the needs of each school or community.


3. Changing policy and practice

We work with government officials, iwi and hapū to advocate for policies and practices that maximise the potential of outdoor spaces in the lives of our kids and communities.

4. Sourcing Funding

We work to improve awareness amongst funders of the potential of outdoor spaces in improving hauora in our young people and communities.



Project Support

We also provide intensive project support to specific schools and communities to apply the Te Puna Taiao kaupapa in the way that best suits them. 

We know that every school and community is different and we can work with your school to provide tailored support where you need it. In this role we have three areas of focus:


1. Re-imagining spaces

We support schools and communities to rethink what their spaces might look like and how they could better contribute to their objectives and aspirations.

2. Transforming spaces

We provide practical support and expert advice to schools and communities about the process for transforming their spaces, including things like the how to go about design, how to secure funding, and what to think about with implementation.


3. Better using spaces

We provide professional development to educators to help them to think about how to better use their outdoors spaces for play and learning, with a focus on realising the potential of the holistic child, as both an individual and as a member of a whānau and wider community.




If childhood is a journey, let us see to it the child does not travel by night.

Aldo van Eyck, 1962