Australasian University Health Challenge

The Australasian University Health Challenge (AUHC) is a health-focused initiative for staff and students across Australia and New Zealand.

The Australasian University Health Challenge (AUHC) is a health-focused initiative for staff and students across Australia and New Zealand. Each year we aim to encourage and support many of our students and staff to get involved.

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington have participated in 2019 and 2020 with the aim to encourage and support as many of our students and staff to get involved.

Throughout the six weeks of the challenge we will encourage everyone to increase their daily steps and physical activity through small yet significant behavioural changes.

The 2021 challenge dates are Monday 6 September until Sunday 17 October.

Read about the health challenge on the 10,000 steps website or check out the previous year’s leader board and results below:

Joining team Te Herenga Waka

Registrations for the 2021 challenge open on the 10,000 Steps website on Monday 23 August.

Create an account on the 10,000 Steps sign up page:

  1. Enter your details.
  2. Select that you would like to register as a participant.
  3. Check your inbox to verify your email address.

After creating an account you can access your dashboard.

If you are a past participant, you can log in to your 10,000 Steps account directly.

From Monday 23 August, click on Health Challenge on your dashboard, and select Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington to join the team.

Ask questions regarding the 2021 challenge by emailing University Recreation at

Logging steps

During the challenge you can enter your daily steps via your dashboard.

You can also download the 10,000 Steps app and log your steps via your phone. If you are experiencing any difficulty downloading the app, read the troubleshooting information.

2021 AUHC events

Welcome event

Wednesday 8 September, 12–2 pm
Location—The Hub/Tim Beaglehole Courtyard

Meet other Te Herenga Waka participants, learn how to log your activity, and kickstart the 2021 challenge by joining us in the Hub. We will be walking laps around campus over lunchtime so come along and get some steps in #everystepcounts.

We Love Our Bays

Saturday 2 October, 10 am–12 pm
Location—Freyberg Beach play area

Help us take care of our coastlines and clock some steps while you’re at it. Bring your friends and family for a beach rubbish pick up, an opportunity to learn about small easily missed rubbish that endangers our sea life the most. Every piece of rubbish counts.

Glow Zumba

Tuesday 21 September, 5–6.30 pm
Location—MT Foyer

It’s a glow in the dark dance party! Dress up in neon or white to glow, get creative with our neon paint station, and join our high-energy instructors for a cardio-dance workout.

Sign up now.


Date and time to be confirmed

Celebrate our efforts in the 2021 AUHC challenge by joining us for a light morning tea. Winners will be announced at this celebration as well as our final spot prize give away.

Nukunuku ō piropiro | Move your mood

Having a tough day? Get those happy hormones flowing (endorphins) with a bit of movement to improve your mood! Check out the below opportunities, available for AUHC participants during the challenge.

Free group exercise classes

Location—Kelburn, Recreation Centre Level 3
Wednesday 7 am, Beginner Yoga
Friday 7 am, Yin Yoga
Register now

Location—Pipitea, Pipitea Fitness basement level, Rutherford House
Tuesday 5.40 pm, Yoga
Register now

Location—Te Aro, VS220
Thursday 11 am, Yoga
Register now

Free fitness studio entry

Fridays 9 am–12 pm, Kelburn
Fridays 11 am–2 pm Pipitea

To help our team increase their physical activity, we will be offering free entry to our University Recreation facilities at the times specified above. Simply show you are an AUHC participant at reception to gain access.

Free lunchtime table tennis

Fridays 12–2 pm, Kelburn

Take an active break with table tennis on us at Kelburn for all AUHC participants.

Interhouse tournament

Monday 27 September until Sunday 17 October

For the final three weeks of the AUHC challenge we will run an interhouse tournament. You can enter a department team, group of friends, study buddies, or a team of 1, up to you. To set this up, email with a captain from each team and a list of their team mates' names.

If you don’t know anyone else in the challenge, get in touch and and we will create a composite team.