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New Zealand’s Healthiest Schools Challenge 2018

AIA and Sovereign ran the NZ’s Healthiest Schools Challenge over a six-week period during Term Four, 2018 led by NZ sports legends Gemma McCaw and Cory Jane. It was a huge success with over 55,000 kids participating from over 500 primary and intermediate schools around the country. A huge thank you to over 2,000 teachers for making this possible for your students in the classroom and to the 2,000+ supporting friends, family and staff members for getting involved too.

Along the way, participants learnt a lot about health and wellbeing, like the importance of exercise, good nutrition, being sun smart, reducing screen time, improving sleep, and mental health. Making little changes in these areas can make a big difference in helping us to live healthier, longer, better lives.

And that’s not all, selected schools received special guest visits from Gemma McCaw, Cory Jane and 2 Tottenham Hotspur International Development coaches. There was $50,000 worth of AIA and Sovereign sports grants to be won simply by participating as well as spot prizes up for grabs. 5 lucky participants were also given the chance to win a trip for two to Sydney, where they participated in a soccer skills session attending by a world famous soccer icon, David Beckham.

You can see what the schools got up to in the HIGHLIGHTS section and we encourage you to continue to share your health and wellness journey with us via the FEEDBACK section.

The New Zealand’s Healthiest Schools Challenge (“Challenge”) is carried out jointly by AIA International Limited, New Zealand branch and Sovereign Services Limited (“AIA/Sovereign”), with assistance from Azion Wellness Limited (“Azion”).

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Azion’s Privacy Policy

The privacy and security of all participants information is of paramount importance to us. For this reason, all passwords are encrypted to the same very high standard as your banks; children’s names are given as first name and last initial only; and adult contact details are only shared if permission is given for the purposes of being eligible for prizes and receiving tips and information from our partners.

All data is housed in the secure cloud servers of Amazon Web Services, one of the largest providers of these services in the world.

For more information on privacy please refer to paragraph 13 of the Terms and conditions


It’s important to make the most of life, but we understand that things may not always go to plan. Insurance can help you and your loved ones should the worst happen and make all the difference at a time when support is most needed. We recognise that everyone’s circumstances and requirements are different, so AIA and Sovereign have a range of insurance options to give you the cover you need for the peace of mind you want.

We believe in the positive power of protection to help people live healthier, longer, better lives.

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The only data that is collected on students is limited to what is required to run the event; first names, the first initial of participants’ surnames, and the number of steps they have entered. The data is securely hosted by the technology partner AIA and Sovereign use to mount the Healthiest Schools Challenge. This data is not passed to AIA or Sovereign, and once the Challenge site closes on 21 December, the data will be destroyed.


The pedometers supplied are not Fitbits; the pedometers only measure the number of steps a user takes. This is not connected to a user’s Challenge profile. Pedometers do not track the places a wearer visits, and cannot be synchronised to any software.