13 Mar 2012

Study finds half New Zealand children do not play

8:30 am on 13 March 2012

A study has found close to half of New Zealand children do not play each day.

More than 700 children, parents and grandparents were interviewed last year for the state of play report, commissioned by drink company Milo.

The study says a third of children say they have no one to play with and nearly half say they are too tired or have too much homework.

The director of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Auckland University of Technology, Grant Scofield, who worked on the report, says the problem could be solved if parents spend more backyard time with their children.