Bullying-Free NZ Week 2019

Bullying-Free NZ Week ran from Monday 13 May to Friday 17 May. Bullying prevention is an ongoing focus. Use the resources in this year's free school activity pack to support work all year round.

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Whakanuia Tōu Āhua Ake! Celebrating Being Us!

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Bullying-Free New Zealand Week ran from 13 May until Friday 17 May, 2019.

Our theme for 2019 was ‘Whakanuia Tōu Āhua Ake! Celebrating Being Us!’

It was an opportunity for students to celebrate what makes them unique – such as talents, interests, appearance, disability, culture, beliefs, race, gender or sexuality – and encourage schools to build environments where everyone is welcome, safe and free from bullying.

Schools that encourage respect, value opinions, celebrate difference, and promote positive relationships make it difficult for bullying behaviour to thrive or be tolerated. To achieve this, it needs everyone – school staff, students, trustees, parents, whānau and communities – supporting diversity, talking about bullyilng and working together.

Get involved in our competitions and share your contributions to preventing bullying!

It's not too late to enter the Bullying-Free NZ Week 2019 competitions and be in with a chance to win $500 worth of technology or other resources of your choice for your school!

We want children and young people to write, create, make or compose something to celebrate the Bullying-Free NZ Week Whakanuia Tōu Āhua Ake! Celebrating Being Us!

Find out more about how your school can take part in this year's Bullying-Free NZ 2019 competitions and download an entry form on our competition page.

Be inspired by Bullying-Free NZ Week 2018 Awards.

Closing date Friday 31 May 2019.

Ideas for year-round bullying prevention activities across the whole school

Bullying prevention is an ongoing focus. Use the Bullying-Free NZ resources to support work all year round. Here are some quick and simple ways to get your school talking about bullying at any time of the year.

Bullying-Free NZ Week 2019 resources


Bullying-Free NZ Week 2019 FREE Activity Pack

Full of ideas and activities for students and staff. Check it out!


Bullying-Free NZ Week 2019 DIY Poster

Use the template to create your own school poster for Bullying-Free NZ Week 2019.


Bullying-Free NZ Week 2019 promotional flyer

Use the one-page flyer to promote your Bullying-Free Week 2019 activities in your school community.


Be Heard 2019: a media guide for schools

Help tell your community about your school’s bullying prevention activities.

Pink Shirt Day

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Pink Shirt Day

Bullying-Free NZ Week ended with the Mental Health Foundation's Pink Shirt Day(external link).

Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying(external link), mobilising their whole-school, after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. Pink Shirt Day aims to create schools, workplaces and communities where all people feel safe, valued and respected.

Check out Pink Shirt Day

Visit Pink Shirt Day Aotearoa website(external link) and facebook (external link)for more information.