About World Challenge Day

TAFISA (the Association For International Sport for All) World Challenge Day is a friendly international competition in Sport for All and physical activity where communities from around the world compete to motivate as many people as possible to be physically active for 15 minutes on a single day – the last Wednesday of May. Communities of similar size in a different parts of the world are paired together to compete. This year the Matamata-Piako District has been challenged by the city of Kitikami in the Waga District of Japan. 

The event is a fun day that creates awareness and enthusiasm for living an active lifestyle. World Challenge Day is open to communities of any size. In 2017 more than 50 million people from over 40 different countries participated in the event.

This is the first time that a community in New Zealand has participated in World Challenge Day. 

You can find more information about World Challenge Day, including previous results, at the TAFISA website www.tafisa.org.


About Our Challenger - Kitikami, Japan

Kitakami is a city in Japan that is very similar to Matamata-Piako here in New Zealand. With 93000 people, cycle tracks, mountains, ski resorts and mineral spas, Kitakami has similar attractions to offer tourists. Kitakami is well known for its food, with fine Japanese cuisine served anywhere you look. It is renowned for its beautiful Cherry Blossom tree festival with over 2000 cherry blossom trees flowering in early spring with a fireworks display continuing for over an hour and a half! Kitakami's people are welcoming and friendly, embracing cultures and visitors from all countries in it's One World Fista event hosting over 10000 people over the festival. 

Here is a video showing you a little more of Kitakami's culture.


More information

Please contact the Matamata-Piako District Council for more information about World Challenge Day Matamata-Piako vs Kitakami.