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Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum (1999) has been designed to ensure that there is a balance between the subjects of health education and physical education and that the relevant aspects of home economics are fully addressed.

Health education and physical education will not necessarily be taught by the same teacher at secondary school level. However, teachers of health education, physical education, and home economics are encouraged to plan collaboratively to enhance and enrich student learning.

The relevant aspects from home economics in this curriculum include:

  • healthy eating
  • family relationships
  • caring for and supporting other people across a range of ages and in times of illness or temporary disability
  • strengthening students' awareness of their personal identity and enhancing their sense of self-worth.

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