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Physical Activity—Push Play Day

Thursday 26 October 2006 Hansard source (external site)

Yates11. DIANNE YATES (Labour) Link to this
to the Minister for Sport and Recreation

What action is being taken in the lead-up to national Push Play Day on 3 November to get more New Zealanders physically active?

CullenHon Dr MICHAEL CULLEN (Leader of the House) Link to this

Sport and Recreation New Zealand is currently running Push Play Nation, a campaign that aims to increase awareness of physical activity and to encourage New Zealanders to form a habit of being physically active. The media campaign provides ideas on how to be active, including in the workplace. It culminates in Push Play Day on Friday, 3 November, with activities running in regions around the country. Of course, members opposite believe that if people get a tax cut they do not need to engage in physical activity.

YatesDianne Yates Link to this

What reports has he seen on initiatives to encourage greater physical activity in the workplace?

CullenHon Dr MICHAEL CULLEN Link to this

A number of such proposals are around, but I have also heard a suggestion that in this workplace—Parliament Buildings—attempts to make exercise facilities available to all staff are being frustrated by members opposite, particularly by one who reportedly used to coach rugby at St Bede’s College by driving his car along the sideline in order to avoid walking.

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