With our nation and the world finding ourselves in such uncertain times, I knew that connection, bringing joy and kindness would be a welcome distraction in a time of isolation and forced disconnect.
What began as a little idea on a Sunday afternoon, has turned into a nationwide movement (heading global) with thousands taking part. The simple concept is to put a teddy bear or toy in a window facing the street, to pin your bear on the map and explore your neighbourhood for those houses taking part.
This phenomenon, the NZ Bear Hunt, has taken off simply because of the genuine nature of Kiwis throughout the world who know the importance of reaching out to others in times of crisis.
Having journeyed through the Christchurch earthquakes and seen the city and country devasted by other tragic events in recent years, I know the importance of connection, vulnerability and supporting mental health and wellbeing in times of uncertainty.
Adding the teddy bear hunt into this has made something important into a fun and community-oriented activity, bringing joy and delight to all ages within the limitations set by the lockdown.
Our hope is that you too, will get some enjoyment out of this initiative.