Connecting to the football action

Issue: Volume 102, Number 9

Posted: 13 July 2023
Reference #: 1HAahs

With the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023TM fast approaching, find out how your school or kura can be part of the excitement.

 FIFA Women's World Cup

From 20 July to 20 August, some of the world’s best football players will take to the field right here in Aotearoa for a tournament like no other.

As co-hosts of the world’s largest women’s sporting event, we’re lucky to have front-row seats to all the action – both on and off the field.

FIFA want to support schools to get to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ and your school may be eligible. 

Poi in Schools

Nau mai, Haere mai e Poi in Schools kaupapa! In celebration of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023TM, Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | The Ministry of Education supported the development of digital resources centred around a treasured taonga: poi.

This initiative embraces kotahitanga, the art of ako and the strengthening of our connections to both te ao Māori and te reo Māori. It also serves as a platform for expressing manaakitanga to our international visitors, right across the motu.

This kaupapa offers a range of digital resources with the option of learning in te reo Māori or English, including how to make poi and how to use poi.

As we unpack and deepen our understanding of poi and the mana of such taonga we are honouring mātauranga Māori and collectively celebrating from a Māori worldview. Through the provided resources, it is hoped that all will be empowered to be kaitiakitanga of poi and feel confident in creating their own.

You will be able to access these resources at link).

If you have any Poi in Schools stories or would like to share how your rōpū becomes involved with this initiative, please email


Kōtuitui is a learning module to support ākonga in Years 4–8 to develop their knowledge and skills to connect to cultures other than their own, both in Aotearoa New Zealand and across the globe.  

Using the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ as a context for learning about culture and collective identity and linked to tthe refreshed te ao tangata | social sciences learning area, Kōtuitui was developed by New Zealand Football and Sport NZ. 


A stellar line-up of amazing wāhine has been confirmed to take the stages across the country for EQUALIZE, a free entry, gender-equity discussion series delivered in the four New Zealand FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ host cities.

EQUALIZE is designed to celebrate, challenge, and inspire current and future generations around the achievements, barriers faced, and pathways forward to girls and women in New Zealand and elsewhere.

For more information about these initiatives and many others, please visit link).

Connecting your school and community to the football action | Sport New Zealand - Ihi Aotearoa(external link).

Group ticket sales

We know schools are keen to take groups of students and their whānau to attend matches.

FIFA’s Community Group Sale Programme allows groups of 10 or more people to request tickets.

For more information on Community Group Sale Programme, please visit link)

BY Education Gazette editors
Education Gazette | Tukutuku Kōrero,

Posted: 9:15 am, 13 July 2023

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