Thousands of Kiwi families participated in the Power Off/Family On Weekend this year, turning off their devices and enjoying more family time together from the 19-20th March. Read all the stories that families have shared with us below or share your own story to be in to win 1 of 5 awesome Explore New Zealand books.
Together we can inspire even more Kiwi families to help us make the Power Off/Family On Weekend an epic annual event and enjoy quality time together without devices.
My best friend and I took my 5 year old and 4 month old on a trip to the city. We spent the day doing what the girls wanted to do, Kelly tarltons, shopping, lunch. Everyone had a great time and some excellent quality time. We were so into everything we were doing, we even forgot to take photos! But luckily we got the one from Kelly tarltons! Thanks for another great power off weekend!
Our 'power off' weekend was awesome. And we really felt like we re-connected as a family. No video games and no internet meant we had more time on our hands to spend quality time together with our four children aged 12, 6, 4 and 2. On Saturday we took the girls to ballet and swimming and on Sunday we had a family fun day out at Crystal Mountain! Thanks to this initiative from Hyundai, we have remembered what it's like to spend time together as a family and have vowed to do this again soon!
Took my 3 boys to the park, had lunch and watched the boats race, then we went to the whale pool and had fun splashing around the pool. Then it got too hot so we went home to have an ice cream.
As it was my birthday on sunday it was easy to have a power off day. My Husband and Daughter took me out for a lovely lunch at the local Plant Barn cafe. we then went for an afternoon drive out to the Hunua falls and back via Clevedon . Maraetai, such a lovely drive on a sunny weekend. My PC remained OFF, My mobile remained turned OFF, the only item I used was a microwave to heat up my coffee. Thanks Hyundai .
What a wonderful weekend we had without screens! Mum had some quality one on one time with her big boy at Bunnings doing Easter crafts, and had lunch together while the littlest went off to the Field days with Koro, Then we had a delicious family BBQ with all the family and a wonderful time building with pallet's and to top it off a refreshing family swim. On Sunday it was pancakes for breaky then off to the Esplanade for a play and a train ride before heading home to paint some rainbow smiley face rocks to take out to our Daddy at the cemetery. What a fantastic weekend Mum had with her two special boys and no screens! So much so that we made a special pact not to have screens at all during the week, Thanks Hyundai!
Im a GRG and have been raising Hunter since he was a baby. He's 7 now and very active. He was well over the Power off Family on weekend by 2 pm on Saturday but by then we had made a Family of Cookies to show you all and that afternoon we played Monopoly Junior and did some of Hunters Te Kura school work. Hunter is home schooled. On Sunday, Hunter did some painting and some more school work and we played Monopoly Junior again, its a great game for little kids to learn how to use money playing and in the afternoon we went for a big walk and Hunter rode his push bike around the local school grounds. Hunter has AS and I think the whole weekend was a bit much for him without his dvd's and regular routine but we made it :)
We had a great time hitting playgrounds and parks and even watching Dad (my husband) play a game of cricket. On the Saturday night we got the family around for a board games night with the kids playing the hungry caterpillar game and the adults discovered a new game- jungle speed, needless to say the night was so much fun and being a very conpetitive family, there were many laughs had. Thanks Hyundai for such an awesome innitotive
This weekend, my girls and I went to one of our seaside playgrounds where my 3 year old inspired my 22 month old to go down the biggest slide ever! Now, miss 22 months does it all by herself with no hesitation. Love it!
we went to Lake Ohau Station Lodge. we went for walks, went fishing, played board games, played charades & barbequed
I was surprised by my family's reaction when I told them I had signed us up for the Power Off weekend. Only one small complaint about tablet time from the smallest in our family and everyone else was up for the challenge! We originally pledged 24hoursbut aimed for and completed 48 hours. We enjoyed a mix of board games, charades, arm wrestles on the trampoline, back yard cricket, reading, baking, craft projects, weekend sport, bush walking with friends and a school gala. It helped that the weather played ball too though! Our daughter asked if we could do it again next weekend!? I think powering off will definitely creature regularly in our weekends as a way of reconnecting as a family and enjoying quality one on one time with our 3 kids.
The awesome thing about powering off is being able to focus on one thing rather than constantly multitasking. We went biking and explored our central city, had coffee, stewed rhubarb, made passionfruit sauce, homemade pizza, played a board game, danced, had a nap, tidied the house, talked about life, sorted through old recipe books and threw out the ones we no longer wanted. I feel so content with the way we spent our time and although there were a few challenges that we faced without our devices, I have a newfound love for focusing on one thing and doing it with all my heart instead of being pulled in a hundred directions by tv programmes, social media and other gadgets. Thanks Hyundai! xx
We had a fabulous weekend with kids swimming in the pool, easter egg hunt & chill out with friends while kids are playing & created art work..
My daughter and I help at the region's Teddy bear's picnic at Caroline bay in Timaru. Here's my daughter and I, she was Micky Mouse for the day.
Sunday was such a nice day we decided to pack a picnic lunch and head down to Lake Waihola. There was the four of us, my sister and her 2 boys and our parents. Half way there the rain decided to pay us a visit, so we had to find a nice big tree to sit under to eat our lunch. On the plus side, the rain meant we had the lake to ourselves. Then the sun came out, the boys got into the lake to swim, and then a nice friendly game of cricket to finish the day. By the time we all got home it was fish and chips on the deck and an early night.
We pledged 12hours so Saturday it was. Saturday was also my partners birthday so off we went out to blueberry corner in whakatane and enjoyed frozen icecreams coffees blueberry muffins and strawberrys kids had a fantasic time we dont get to treat very often as we are stuck on one income so was well enjoyed
Spent the weekend giving the kids a chance to hang with their grandparents by the beach in the Bay of Islands. With all the sunshine, surfing and slurping of icecreams...there wasn't any time for the screens. It was good to have a break and prioritise whats important.
Our boys 15 and 8 years old made it through the weekend without the internet, TV nor the Playstation. It was their first time to get themselves to live without turning on the power. After an outdoor game of basketball, they turned to their board games. So Simon the big brother was teaching Stan how to play the Chess. Stan have gotten hooked on the game and was playing really well against all of us in the end including his dad! Now that's a brainier weekend!
Great day swimming at the lake with me boys an no phones
We started at 5pm Saturday with Laptops, iphones, ipads, tv and playstation games all turned off. Saturday night saw Simpson Operation and Uno. Once we were all up and ready we embarked on the grocery shopping without using our technology. (No easy bank balance or calculator). Then back home to learn solitaire and more games of Uno. A swim at Outram Glen finished our day. The Tv stayed off until 7:30pm Sunday (it is usually always on). was great seeing the kids out kicking the ball around down on the corner grass patch. We are thinking about doing this at least once a month.
We had a great fun-filled weekend, did everything from going on a toilet seat ferris wheel, shooting olive stones, going on the cable car, staying up late to go to an exhibition in the native bush, trying out a new flying fox, karate training on the beach, building a sand city, and watching speed boats on the river. Hard to choose just one photo.
We enjoyed some special family time with our little 4 month old boy. Lots of special play times with mummy and daddy and then we went for a fun drive, got lost and found a cool water's edge park where he really enjoyed touching the trees and looking around. We also had some family come visit for playtime :)
Went out for a raft with my kids on the Kaituna river at Okere Falls near Rotorua
Well we had an awesome time, perfect weather, so much fun. We saw friends then had a bbq at our place. (forgot to post and let everyone know why we wernt replying to emails/texts and messanger so when a friend couldnt find us it took them abit longer). Was an awesome afternoon in the sun, still sitting outside at night and the kids playing. Sunday we went to the beach, the kids played at the water park then in the sea. My youngest was exausted but they had an awesome fun filled weekend. What a great idea to take a break away from everything and spend together
My children and a friend having a family day at the bay. Face painting and loving life just the way kids should be...happy. I was a great weekend and we will do more of this and less gadget time!!!
Sunday is usually always our family day but having to switch off everything made us get out and explore. We did our usual cleaning in the morning then headed in for some lunch, went for a walk around Park Island then dinner at home with my 80year old grandmother
WOMAD 2016 at New Plymouth - the best Power off we could ever have done!
Our family - Dad Ken ,Mum Laura and five daughters: Mekayla 11, Jenee 10, Ella 6, Evie 4, and Willow 3 - pledged 48hrs of power off family on time. We woke up Saturday morning and went for a walk before breakfast. We took umbrellas and wore jackets because it was lightly raining. The air smelt like morning mist and toast. We all took turns choosing which direction to go and we ended up on a great adventure, exploring different areas of our neighbourhood. We found a beehive nestled in a tree trunk and found secret pathways through the college. We headed home and had frenchtoast bake, fresh fruit and dad's homemade hot chocolate for breakfast, so yum! Mum and Jenee baked date cakes to share with eight people in our community and the rest of us read stories and napped. Then we all dressed up silly and hosted our own family Olympics with three events: frisbee toss, balance ball and marshmallow launch. Mum won gold. After writing notes we delivered the cakes to our neighbours and other people in our community then headed to The Bowlevard in Hamilton. It was our first time playing Tenpin as a family, it was so much fun!! We went to a restaurant for dinner and we each had a big glass of fizzy ginger ale and had to stop halfway home for everyone to pee! On Sunday we did some random acts of kindness around town and Nana and Poppa and our favourite person Richard came for lunch. We just rested together for the remainder of the day. Powering off and focusing on family was so fulfilling and fun. We didn't miss our screens at all! Looking forward to Power off 3!!! Already got some ideas in the mix! Thanks for the incentive Hyundai. Best idea ever!!
This weekend My kids and hubby got a mission to build a new shoe rake as we had a big pile of shoes sitting in 4 baskets in the garage.As I got busy cleaning the garage,kids helped their dad in cutting,measuring and nailing it down. Once things were in place and all ready for a family gathering coming Easter we went down the Papatoetoe pools for swim and in the evening we went for a drive to Pukekohe.
So my house hold of 6 pledged 48 hours this weekend and we started it off with going to Tokoroa's Balloon Festival Friday night and we got to walk inside a hot air balloon and the children got kites to fly which added to their fun the next day - Saturday morning they did more kite flying till lunch and then went Ice Skating where we all got to skate for 2-3hours and burn heaps of energy off, slipped on our bottoms which was great for a laugh
I pledged 24 hours for our first power off day. I found i didnt miss anything at all. We spent the day making easter muffins, playing board games, my daughter made one of her birthday presents a make your own chocolate bar,we went to the beach then travelled to tauranga to visit a family member got some fish and chips and read a book
As an older couple we actually had no problems with turning off the technology toys. Enjoyed some great reading, played some banjo (I'm just learning!), and had a nice early evening walk around the block on Sunday night.
My wife and I committed to the Power Off/Family On Weekend and had a great time with our 6 week old son Ollie. We had two fun filled family days including Ollie's first trip to the beach. Here we are enjoying the beautiful weather on Christchurch's New Brighton Pier.
After little debate we took on the challenge! Well, the kid are planning future weekends OFF (Organised Family Fun) the grid! I guess it was a success. Games were picked from an idea jar.. then we went to the Nightglow in Waikato! We were even pleasantly surprised with spotless bedrooms and teamwork X Awesome - definitely do again x I love our family OFF time!
We had an amazing time, did yoga, we went for a walk on the beach and played in the garden!
With Friday morning skies filled with rain and fog our family backed up the car and drove to the lake for two nights of camping. COMPLETE POWER OFF. As we set up camp our three boys aged 6,5 and two splashed on the lake returning drenched head to toe. After dinner and a bed time story we were all tucked up in our sleeping bags. Day one started with a morning on the lake. Our boys having a blast on the boat and on the biscuit. Holing on tight. After lunch they shot off on their motor bikes going on the trail with their dad around the lake as I sat and read my book. The kids came back and made bead braclets with their names, they made one for mum and dad also. Then they were back out on the boat till dinner time. Day two and the kids were back in the lake swimming as the rain fell. Mr 6 tried to ski and even dad had a turn. We packed up our tent and headed home around 4 pm. 3 very tired boys were bathed and were in bed after a story by 6. A great weekend together. The rain ot stopped once but worth every set of wet cloths. We will be giving power off family on another go next year.
So our family decided to head north and spend time in our little section in Whirinaki. Our children love the creek, eating fruit from their Aunty Paula's orchard and playing with their cuzzies. No time for txtn, tv or FB. We rustled cows with Uncle Maanu and sang lots of Kapa Haka songs. Whanau time, priceless!!
We spent time helping out at the local Lions club book fair charity book sale. We also helped eat a sausage or two for a small donation. (That's my son)
We had a great weekend outside, at the beach, walking, visiting. No distractions at all. We have now restricted our TV viewing to one night a week and tablets and phones must be off from dinner time. And no devices in the weekend. Dates have to be made the old fashioned way!
Hi I had an awesome weekend my friend and I walked the tunnel beach track here in Dunedin down a mountain side and saw amazing views it about 2 hours walking around taking photos etc and venturing down the tunnel to the beach, awesome to do a local sight see and made time to do it! Sunday we went for a drive to tairei mouth seaside, had fun! Even tried boogie boarding , on the drive back stopping at Brighton beach for lunch and a walk. Glad to pledge my 28hrs, well worth it. We wouldn't have done this drive otherwise. Stunning!!
Went to Pukeiti Gardens for a picnic had an awesome spot in the sun with the sound of the stream and birds. So went exploring along the many pathways there. Had an Easter egg hunt as well at the Gardens.
The weekend went very well started off a little rocky... My son wanting to play on his tablet which was put away with the play station and cell ph TV was put away as well. Board games were all dusted off and out it was a great weekend went fishing swimming diving.. Sight seeing I met a few others doing the power off as well in invercargill parks so nice too see kids running around playing together it was awesome we are going to keep doing it reminds me off when I was a child... There where so many things we did over the weekend hard to write it all but thank you for bringing my family closer
So being a wet day we normally as a family spend time on tech weather its a phone tablet or gaming so we thought it would be challenging even more so as we choosen to do 48 hours. It turns out we were just out of touch we played board games attended church with some asking what it meant as we wore our badge's even went shopping had lunch out with no texting phone calling it was great we now have decided to at least do it more often even our teen caught up on some needed sleep.
Even in the rain getting out on one of NZs amazing trails is a fun day out. We all went to Arthurs Pass for a short walk to Devils Punchbowl, completed our Kiwi Ranger badge and spent the night in a hut filled with board games, cards, puzzles and fun!
We had a great powered off time. I'm our 3rd Bub was born premature the the Saturday before last and for power off. My husband bought our boys to the hospital for the day on Saturday and we had some great quality time together. The boys got to see their new baby sister and my husband took them to the museum. On the Sunday my husband and I hit time to just spend together and got time to bond with our new baby. Powering off bought us closer together and we would love to do it again.
It was a busy old weekend for us with cricket, swimming etc, but probably the best time was had dressing up our pumpkins for the mitre 10 competition on Sunday! Mr and Mrs pumpkin weighing in at 56 and 49 kgs.
We had our power off family on at karaka vintage car show. We are having fun and enjoyed much as family.
We had a great weekend away in Hunua for a friends 2 year old daughters birthday party. We took our two babies Tane 7months and Maia 22months old. It was actually nice to not check my phone every 5 minutes.
Sunshine and sand for us this weekend!
What a fab wet (understatement) weekend taking our kids on The Routeburn tramp with some friends. The little ones endured 2 days of complete downpour tramping to The Flats Hut and back, whilst the big ones (9 year olds) learnt all about resilience as they enjoyed 3 days of lashing rain right over The Harris Saddle to The Divide. Outstanding effort young ladies in such vile weather. We're super proud of you!
On Saturday I took our children and some English friends to Lake Tekapo for the day. It was a hot windy day but a great break away from phones etc! We admired some wonderful views over Lake Tekapo and the Mackenzie Country from Mt John.
We sat down and built us a bionical army and still doing it
We had an awesome screen free, action packed weekend! On Saturday morning instead of flicking on the telly, the kids decided to get creative. We did some fun easter artwork using bright pop tape. Later we went for family bike ride. It was a lovely experience to get out in the fresh air and enjoy each other's company. In the evening we had family friends over for a BBQ. The kids played with their buddies outside for most of the afternoon. We were able to have more quality time with friends - without any distractions. We signed up to 24hours power off but managed to stretch it a further 12hours! It was great to see the kids entertaining themselves - playing games and getting creative! It was easier than we thought and we are thinking of making it a habit especially in the weekends when we are all together!
The perfect weekend getaway to power off, was a family trip to Stewart Island. Fishing, hiking, swimming, kiwi-spotting. By choosing not to spend time on our i-phones (or watching tv), we were in bed early every night to catch up on sleep, and enjoyed all there was to do during the day.. Thanks Hyundai... we will be doing this a LOT more often... Our children (and us too), enjoyed quality conversations with no distractions from phone calls, face book, or text messaging. Amazing how happy we all were for the entire weekend.
We switched off and decided to hit the road. It was one of the best trip ever... Totally enjoyed it
Had an awesome family walk through beautiful scenery to a waterfall. It was stunning :)
So Saturday morning off to Whanganui to watch a nephew play t-ball, then food at mc ds to order food. we then headed off to the beach for the day where there was no coverage anyway. We then went to a family garage sale. This made up more time. Finally heading to my mums and going to bed. Next day jobs around the house, food shopping and off back home to Raetihi. Missed the rodeo this year but never mind hopefully next year. Unpacking the groceries and garage sale items the rest of the evening was fully taken leaving little else to do but eat and retire to bed. No checking of emails until 6 in the morning. So that was a good chunk of the weekend not using the network. Away from home is so much easier.
Our whanau spent the day at the beach with friends and family, went to the Zuru night glow here in Hamilton, had a cooking instruction with our eldest , and spent time singing and hanging out with cousins from Aussie! This challenge helped us to realise how much of a distraction technology can be at times and how much more free time we had with each-other! Thank you
During the power off weekend we got in the car and headed to Oamaru. Spent the day at Steampunk museum and the beach. The kids had a ball.
Emensley enjoyed weekend power off with 3 lil kids one of them our very clever man age 8 son Toitehuatahi because we started biking in the back yard Saturday our Te Kuiti home son chose finally it is his time to ride bike without training wheels seeing younger brother aced this already at Kohanga, here is pic he wanted age 8 after he tired his Dad out coaching and steadying till he cleverly concered it on his own and surprisingly and he so happy at is victory! The race was then on - to overtake his younger brother Hawira! Proud Mum and Dad
Power off all weekend so chose to bike and stroll pram down to sunny area Te Kuiti Primary School it was Mum, Dad and 3 lil kids, here is pic of one year old extremely smiley girl Taiwiri loving the fast journey of slide playing with her 2 big brothers!
We decided to spend the day setting up a new mini greenhouse for the community garden, it had been sitting in storage since last year so thought this weekend would be the perfect opportunity to breath some fresh air and tick it off our list! We used the tools we had available to us which was a small screwdriver and pliers, which was a decision that probably doubled the time it took to assemble the greenhouse, but it was a beautiful day so we couldn't complain. We enjoyed the process of building the greenhouse and got to reward ourselves with a job well done once it was completed 4 hours later... haha. Next time we'll be faster, maybe with the help of solar-powered power tools ;)
Michaela was a bit nervous about going for 8 hours each day with no 'power'- she had planned on pledging 1 hour for the whole weekend! However we both turned our devices off promptly at 9am Saturday and proceeded to spend the entire weekend together. We tidied and cleaned the house, we listened to the radio with the volume up LOUD, we went into town and test drove a car to raise money for a local charity, we enjoyed lunch at the Multicultural Food Festival, we went back to town to hit the shops, and then we called in to a friends for 'puppy cuddles'! All this on Saturday. On Sunday it was just a laxed out day, doing a bit more tidying, listening to more music, doing some more shopping (that was the expensive part of the weekend lol) and just having fun together. My other daughter chose to stay with her father for the weekend- although she has powered off at times (eg when we go camping and we have no internet) she struggles more than Michaela and I do. On Sunday evening we didn't even rush to turn anything back on (we did watch the clock rather closely as Saturday ticked by!). Overall we had a wonderful weekend, but I do have a very empty bank balance and a bit of work to catch up on. But I don't care- I love my weekends with my girls and we have already decided to make it a regular event by powering off for a period of time every fortnight :)
Our Hyundai Power Off/Family On weekend was pretty chill. The kids have been fully addicted to their phones, and all three had been having difficulty with helping out as they were always mid-game, or something equally important. The teens in particular had been snapping at me when forced to answer, as I was interrupting them. Computer time was worse. Every day, three children fought me to go over their allotted time, then fought with each other. So, we had a comparatively quiet weekend, free from this sort of behavior. They reconnected with reading books, and creating things. In the evening we took tiny dog for a walk up Fraser's Gully, as it was really hot. At bedtime, people went to sleep. No-one was avoiding sleep hiding a phone under their pillow. I did miss being electronically connected, as I run a few pages online. But I did not miss that pressure to go and update my pages. I had time to get things done, exercise, and complete household tasks that I never seem to find time for. It doesn't sound like an epic weekend, or a hearts-and-flowers re connection story. What it was was a weekend off. To step away from the pressure being connected actually places on us, and the time it uses up. And that was valuable.
This weekend the children and I spent our weekend saving on gas . We went horse riding on Sunday, 5km to the Pongaroa Village and had lunch together at our lovely old local Hotel that used to be a bank. We have our own hitching rail there for our horses to rest on under a tree. Saturday was spent with friends giving them rides on the ponies and horse, riding bikes sharing lovely food and spedting quality time together. The children and I got out the board games and cards. I introduced them to the board game LUDO and my 9yr old daughter made Apple crumble for dessert Saturday..Yummo
we got up super early before the sun had come up. piled into the car and headed down to the lake , as the sun slowly lightened the sky over the lake , the birds in the trees where so loud! then we sat and watched the hot air balloons filling and rising with the light of the day,mugs of hot cocoa warming our hands, it was magical. then we played on the play ground for hours, what a fantastic day we had.
Hyndai's "Power Off Family On" challenge couldn't have come at a better time... I was feeling frustrated with not having the work/life/home balance right and couldn't figure out what I needed to change to achieve this.. The solution... I seen the Hyndai promotion on FB and decided to register. Postive, productive family time was desperately needed. Don't get me wrong, we are a very active family but it's almost as if we we're too busy to enjoy our "busy-ness", always on the move and checking emails/txts, working from home in the weekends etc... I put an invitation out to family and friends, inviting them along to join me and my two boys for an active afternoon at the local bmx track - Cougar Park. Well... 10 kids, 3 adults and over 5 hours of bike riding, we achieved a lot more than I imagined.. A fantastic day without any technology and plenty of memories made..Not to mention Nana's yummy egg sammies (enough to feed a tribe) to fuel their little bellies!! A maori proverb reflecting my "Power Off Family On" weekend: He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata He tangata He tangata - What is the most important thing in this world? It is People, People, People.. Mauri Ora :) Cindy and the Cougar Park Warriors
On Saturday my friend Ai came over and we made some cheese twisties to sell at the Motueka South School fun run fiesta on Sunday. My friend Alyssa and her mum helped me and mum man the smoothie stall. Here is a picture of us.
Switching off gave Mum and I quality time together, I am recovering from major surgery so sitting back on my iPad is so easy and rest is best, but both Mum and I switched off and enjoyed time together, I baked her a birthday cake and we celebrated it together just chilling out.
Our family went to the park everyday with the kids in the weekend,they loved playing tiggy,hide n seek and swinging high on the swings!
We thought lets go another day without any technology so monday we organised a easter hunt with all our friends.We didnt even mow the lawn,we thought it would make it harder for the kids to find the easter eggs!
So, my partner and I both work, and by the end of the day we're both so exhausted that we just want to relax and spend time on our devices. This weekend was really great for us, because we realised just how much time we were wasting on our technology. Over the 48 hours we pledged for the Power Off Family on campaign, I managed to finish a book, we did some baking, sorted out the housework, and we got to visit my mum, which we haven't been able to do for a while, because we had been so exhausted. Our son had more opportunities to play with us, and we got to do some exploring and teach him about acorns, and cicadas, and all kinds of other things. Over the weekend, I realised how much I had actually become a lazy person and through this weekend, I have decided to switch off my technology more often. I would much rather spend time with my family, and get greater joy from that, than the few games on my phone, or social media.
We spent the weekend creating a costume for a 'C' dress up party. Many ideas were thrown around but we finally settled on one that all 6 of us could be. A pack of Crayola Crayons!! Saturday morning we set out to find 6 different coloured blank t-shirts.... This turned out to be harder than we expected. Back home we turned our focus to the crayon box. The three girls painting, cutting and duct taping it to create a box that all of us could fit inside. While this was happening Mum was inside creating a stencil to spray paint the t-shirts with. What were the boys doing, you ask? HAVING A NAP! Finally came time to put on these costumes we made and honestly we were all a little taken aback by how well it all turned out. We had such fun working together to create these costumes and hope we can find another event to wear it too!
My newly wed wife and I went to Eden Garden. She often browse Facebook and other SNS instead of talking to me at weekend. But this time we kept our phones, tablets and computers off. We enjoyed the time together.
My 3 year-old son had been feeling sick all week with a tommy bug, he vomited everything he ate and drank for 3 days. He finally started to feel better when the weekend came close. We have 3 kids, daughter (7), son (3) and a 3 months-old baby girl. I showed everyone the video, made sure all the rules are clear, all ready to go by Saturday morning. We had the day all planned out - the library first in the morning, then toy window-shopping, play ground marathon after lunch, and a picnic dinner. Sounded like a very exciting day for the kids. As I was eating my breakfast, I started to feel sick. I thought it was just from my headache I had since I got up, until I started to throw up, then fever started kicking in. My husband offered to take the kids out alone, so I could get some rest. I slept the whole morning, got up to make lunch for them when they came back. But I wasn't feeling any better. My body was aching, fever hadn't gone away. After lunch, my husband started to feel off, he too went to bed for a nap. We had to cancel the play ground marathon, and changed to a napping afternoon. We promised the kids picnic dinner was still on, and it was going to be at their favourite play We took the kids to the play ground for dinner, but I ended up sleeping in the car most of the time. My husband felt worse after dinner, we had to cancel the board game night too! All of us went to bed at 7:30, which is the kids' bedtime. Sunday, our original plan was church in the morning as usually, and zoo in the afternoon. However, my daughter (7) started to feel sick, she vomited her breakfast all over the table and floor. My husband and I still weren't feeling well. So we decided to cancel everything, and sleep the whole day till we all feel better! Even though we didn't do all the wonderful things this weekend as we planned, we fought together against the tommy bug, and we were all better ready to go back to school/kindergarten and work by Monday morning.
We had heaps of fun going for walks, playing outside on the scooters, reading and playing board games. Was great to reconnect!
It was hard to put my phone down as it is normally an extension of my hand. But we had an awesome time over the weekend exploring nature with the family. It started with a morning tramp in Palmerston North and then we met up with other family who had come over from Australia for a game of good old fashioned knuckle bones, we all helped cook dinner together and shared stories around the table! It forced me and reminded me that being suctioned to my phone all the time is really bad because there are so many more beautiful things we could be doing especially with loved ones. Cheers Kate Leveridge
This power off weekend I spent some much needed QT with my poochie-pie princess, 4-legged doggy daughter Lucci and her favorite doggy cousin/best friend (who just couldn't sit still long enough for me to snap a decent pic) I had initially planned to take them both to the park but there were too many ducks resting nearby and I didn't want the curious pups to startle them so we went to the beach around the corner instead. Which proved to be so much more fun and intriguing, the dogs stumbled across a "cave" which was a fallen tree that had landed perfectly up against the edge off a wearing cliff, it would have been the perfect photo op! But alas, the excitement was too great and we ran off towards the water and got very sandy and wet instead. All in all it was a great technology free day and I don't know why it took a Power off promo to make me realize how much we all deserved this time out together :) Thank you Hyundai for reminding me to take a step back from our every day- tech bombarded lifestyles and enjoy the simple things in life! I have so much love for the natural beauties we take for granted.
We went to Paekakariki Holiday Park glamping with another family and our dogs. The weather was hot and sunny and the surf bracing to start with. What a Weekend to power off, we will be doing more glamping
me, my husband and two kids went to Maretotara falls in Hawkes Bay on the weekend, and had a lovely walk in the bush and got to see the amazing waterfall.
On Saturday my family and same friends of my son went to Rainbows End for their night rides. My husband doesn't like going on rides so he was happy to take pictures with the Kungfu Panda as I was available to take pictures. On Sunday , we went to The International Cultural Festival and enjoyed meeting people from around the world and tasted their cuisine. It was a wonderful experience. This doubled up as our Power Off.
Here's a pic to go with the story I sent yesterday. Didn't have my phone on me as it was OFF for the day!!! Thought that was the point :-) so have supplied a pic of Hunter
A block of tech free time felt like it needed some serious 'nature' focus. The weekend became a monarch project. The butterflies are something we love helping but our swan plants had become stripped of foliage. I knew that there was a way to feed them pumpkin...and I used a few minutes of the online time I had allowed myself in my commitment to research it...slice pumpkin very thin, place in a box and introduce the caterpillars. At first they were reluctant as they need to feed off the fresh edge...but now we have dozen of chrysalis in the adjacent agave, and a wriggling box of caterpillars feeding madly. We cut pumpkin, fed the 'babies' and checked the adults as they created their chrysalis. I am using an image of the first one from this season who became a butterfly, coming out just before the low tech weekend began. It is a project that now is going strong and was a great alternative to computer time.
My partner and I travelled up to Whangarei on Saturday for an archery competition on Sunday. To me, it was much more enjoyable without the interference of the phone or tablet... funny thing was that there is ZERO cell coverage at the Mt Tiger forest anyway. Great times to be repeated again.
Saturday of our distraction-free weekend was a quiet one, my mother in law & I harvested some apples from the overburdened tree in the front yard, my husband and I went shopping together at a massive hardware store (his favourite past-time), then we washed the car :-). Sunday was the highlight, we went to a friends place for their daughter's 2nd birthday bash. Time with friends and family out in the sun .. and we got to meet their cute little piggies!
well, this was going to be easy, as we're not too attached to our devises. I'm always happy to leave them behind, as there is so much to do. We started the day with one of our favoured cafe's in Sainsbury Street. Our daughter eat most of the muffin. Later on to the inspiring 'Flavours of Fiji' fundraiser, which was a win-win, as we got to try lovely food provided by master chefs and their teams. Yani ate most of our raw fish salad. As the weather was nice, we continued for a great walk through cornwall park. Yani tried to eat the chestnuts. we had a lovely time and waited until next day, to switch on again. No problem - Dewi had set up a holiday message.
On our power down weekend we hung out, sorted out the downstairs storeroom. We went to King's Plant Barn in Takanini and saw their friendly Cockatoo, Billy. Charlie got to try some yummy chorizo sausage at the market there. We bought the kiddie table upstairs and Charlie and Ruby have had a great time using it and Ruby loves to climb on it! We had a nice catch up family time at home.
What a productive weekend we had! Lawns mowed, housework and chores done. Highlight was landing a Kingfish from Omapere Wharf Sunday morning. Fish for lunch, dinner, the smoker and the freezer - Sweet As! I will be switching off from office-work routines and habits more often during weekends show my whānau they are my priority with time together.
Had a great time with four of our grandchildren doing the Hyundai Power Off challenge. From baking, card games, jigsaws, word searches, Bark in the Park with the dog, sharing memories over old photos and drawing.
We had a great weekend with our 'babies' - a garden hose marathon and a first time visit to the fantastic Myers Park Playground in Auckland Central! Its amazing how little you miss your gadgets when you're chasing after these little devils! Cheers Hyundai for the great idea! :)
The thought of my family of 5 spending a whole weekend without our electronics was initially daunting to say the least. But when I woke up Saturday morning the kids were fully on board with it. We spent Saturday with the extended family (40+) out for lunch, then home for a swim n book reading, with an evening of board games that hadn't seen the light of day in years. Sunday was spent doing the city surf with the whole family +3 extra family members then back home for more swimming, reading books and playing board games. The kids loved it so much they have asked to do power off family on at least one weekend a month. An we have actually agreed to it. I think my husband and I found it the hardest especially when the kids ran in front of us during city to surf as we weren't able to ring them. Next time we will just need to plan it more to keep the stress levels down. But loved the no technology.
Our story began on Friday with a wet play (due to the rain) on not one but two local park's playgrounds. Kids AND mum on the mouse wheel was a sight to behold. The next morning, after a feed of pike-lets and homemade jam we headed off to Lake Rerewhakaaitu (Rotorua) for a camping expedition. Swimming to the 'island', swinging on the rope swing, using a long drop, playing ball (and losing the rugby ball up a tree which could not be retrieved despite gusty winds and heavy downpours) and sleeping in the tent listening to the rain were just some of our favourite activities. Bliss! On Sunday we headed to Tauranga and attended the Farm Day where we learnt about farming, watched cows being milked, butter being made and rode ponies, donkeys and a horse and cart. Perhaps the most exciting for master 10 and the 7 year old twins was the lolly hunt in the hay in the barn. Despite the rain we had a fabulous time! Lots of fun, laughter and togetherness. More weekends like this are definitely in the pipeline. Thanks.
We celebrated a 6th birthday this weekend by borrowing a friend's pony for all the kids to ride for the weekend. They all learnt how to approach mount and care 4 the pony while he was here.
Wow that Digital Devices Detox weekend was AMAZING!! 6am - Early Saturday morning stroll around the block to get the heart rate up with my two older sons. Everyone get ready for the first pre-season game in Takapuna, Vauxhall Road. Them Navy boys were ONIT/ON POINT lol and gave our boys a bit of a hiding hehe Mount Wellington Warriors ALL DAY!! Watching three of my bros and my son take the field like WHOA!! I always have the time of my life on the sidelines yelling my ass off lol with my two sisters, my baby boy and nephew. Beautiful fields right by the beach and good shade in the surrounding trees. 4x20min quarters without kicking any conversions and the time just flew by so quick! From the field to pick up my girls at home (who were well warned NOT to use any devices while we were away from the home, which I trust they did) to end up in Old Papatoetoe for a BBQ courtesy of chef Dave Shapleski and bros while they were still buzzing about their first pre season game and enjoying some beersies yo, I was on a high buzz explaining the day to my sister who missed the whole thing but was busy with a Nike production in Parnell where she in turn was telling me about her awesome experience...10pm drive home and straight to sleep...oh wow I was on a high buzz... Sunday morning another early morning walk around the block, tidy up the house and my girls were asking to go look at the New HOUSE on offer to us from HNZ, so Flat Bush it is...be a few months before it's additional bedrooms are complete so no rush alguds but oh boy the girls had a really good nosey. Bought a bit of meat for just a small BBQ which again was mega delicious and then home time after 7pm. So gotta do that more often LOL our Digital Devices Detox Weekend...Rock ON!! Sorry I couldn't upload any photos but I totally plan on doing this more often than once a year! We all had a blast! Thanks Hyundai for the challenge!
As a family we decided that Saturday night was Pizza night so grabbed some pizzas from Hell's Pizza and took them down to a new playground and spent several hours eating, playing and just having a ball together <3
I'll admit I cheated a little. My Grandfather has cancer and not long to live. Contact was abd still is through fb,email, sms. I visited him in hastings and had a few pics on the way. It was great to see him and I hope I can visit again soon whilst he's still here.We has fun on our road trip, it was my daughter's first ever long road trip, weather was awesome!
I spent my time doing this jigsaw, with encouragement from husband Gerry (a rather painstaking jigsaw) and with Itchy our cat who wanted to be in the jigsaw!
6am till 6am our family of 4 kids pledged! This was a great lesson for the children that are very dependant on there devices so it was great to see them get creative like we used to as kids and they played shop rode on there bikes and we got to spend some great family time playing board games together they loved having candles in the house when it was dark and it was awesome to see them sit together and brain storm about what to have for dinner and how to go about it without using electricity (sausage sizzle it was)
Family outings become an adventure of epic proportions when trekking through changeable weather and watery pathways. Family support, and the odd sugary snack, kept everyone powering on all the way to the very top! Wow, what an amazing place we live in!
on the weekend I was working on Sat helping on a conservation project but the kids cousins came to stay and joined in on the powering off. On Sat my big boy had a softball game and his cousin went to watch him play. The two little girls went bike riding along the marine parade in Napier and played at the park. In the afternoon the aunty took them all bowling. They came home to a yummy veg lasagne cooked by my husband. They a some quiet time then sleepy kids went to bed. On Sunday we all took the kids to thee Hawkes Bay farmyard zoo in Haumoana and spent hours hanging out playing with each other and the animals. It was part of the local families of deaf children club events. Our family is a member as our daughter is deaf. The Cousins had to go back to Wellington. We went shopping to get a birthday present for the party our daughter was invited to. She went to that and the rest of us came home and played boardgames until it was time to pick our daughter up from the party. We had a wonderful weekend with lots of fun things to do. Lots of happy times with family. Powering off is awesome.
I decided the two screen junkies had to get up early. They wondered what was wrong with the wife/mum and I reminded them why the power off weekend was so important to me. I had all dressed and ready to go by 7:15am! on a Saturday no least. We headed to Natea but all was closed so we just drove on to the beautiful Thames(gateway to the coromandel). Beautiful views awaited us from the war memorial and down at the old wharf the sea was tranquil and lovely. We walked the coastal route and then headed in town for that huge brekkie. Outside the café Thames had a street market and we loved all the interesting goodies. The boys had a lovely outing and did not miss the techno stuff one little bit.
We got busy outside clearing out the woodshed with the promise of a game of tennis at the end of a big job. Good mixture of practical and fun!
Our family of three expanded to four 13 weeks ago as we welcomed our baby in to this world a daughter for my fiancé and myself and a sister for our five year old son. A new baby in the family is always a huge distraction and it does take the extra time Off the other children so we decided this weekend we would get away we dropped our baby to our amazing parents and we set off on a road trip with our son some time alone with him on the open road and amazing summer weather is just what we needed we made use of this beautiful weather and camped it was the most relaxing time and it bought us all so much closer again.
So i travelled to see my partner on the saturday and come home the sunday. From the time that i got there we both switched our phones off and enjoyed our short time together. Talking, laughing, rekaxing and watching telly. It was great. Precise time spent well.
We had wonderful day at a family reunion with over 150 family members there.it was so good to catch up with so many we had not seen for many years.
What a wonderful weekend we had without interruption from phones or I-pad !! We have only been married 1 year,but it's been a tough one ! Three operations for my husband (the big 'C'),so we spent the weekend doing things we've put off for ages,and spending some very special time together with friends.Now we don't worry about the trivial things anymore we're just happy we have each other and enjoying LIFE !!!!!!!!!!!
The week before the Power off/Family on weekend was suppose to happen my husband and I decided to take things one step further, so we pulled our daughter out of school for the week and we went bush...literally! Between the three of us who always seem to have either one screen or another in front of us, it was so nice to ditch them all in favour of getting away down to the Wild westcoast. My husband built a tree hut and had lunch in there with our 7 (nearly 8) year old, she played with the dog, fed the ducks, went for bush walks, did loads of drawing, played games, collected things from the beach, etc. No tv, no internet, no electronic games, just good old fashioned family time together and we had the best week ever! Just in time for our 6th wedding anniversary on Sunday, when my daughters school gala was on and that was a blast as well. We were all so tired come Sunday evening we were all in bed fairly early, but we've had just the best week as a family you could possibly ask for. We plan to do it again in the near future hopefully!
We spent a great weekend bug catching, Specimen collecting, Wood chopping, pinecone gathering and drinking hot chocolate around a fire while reading a goodnight story before bed after a day of 'what we call' REAL FUN!
We started our Power off weekend on friday night. We went out to a Gala and they had all different kinds of food. we all got tp pick what we wanted. then we watched a big screen movie at the hub, where we had munchies. The next morning we got up and checked out garage sales and galas and street fares. it was a very enjoyable day and we ended it with fish and chips at the beach.
My husband Doug and I, our youngest daughter joelene, her husband Geoff, and 2 children Chloe and Connor, my eldest daughter Kylie and her fiance Hayden, plus 3 friends, tiki, poss and speros went fishing in coromandel. The family group went on the mussel barge and the 3 likely lads went on speros boat. We caught 13 fish , the 3 lads got their limit. We got eaten alive by midges at Tapu Camping Ground where we all stayed. I got no photos because I had all my devices turned off as per the power off regulations, so I was a little shocked when you asked for photos. We all had lots of fun and will be going back again next year.
Our family of 6 (4 children, 2adults) enjoyed our "power of family on" day by playing games, reading, outside make believe games, a bike ride and a walk to the park where we collected pine cones and and threw stones and a dip in the river. At times during the day it was hard to restrain from technology but this just further highlighted the importance of this day for us and our young family. The day was rounded off nicely by sharing some wine and laughs with some good friends
In a world with so much noise it was nice to get away and have a girls weekend on the farm. Took the motor bikes for a burn, reconnected with mother nature, really got to listen to the sweet voices of my friends (except when they started singing), appreciated the spectucular coat of the cows, marvelled at the beautiful colours of the sunset, felt thankful for the beautiful meal I ate mostly from my parents garden, reed a wonderful book! I feel like we do this too little no wonder why we are a society full of stresses. Thanks Hyundai!
We went on a long walk up the waterfall track and had a picnic in the reserve.
it was so good to spend time with the family and put away the devices we loved spending time togther it also gave time for me and my brother to play and talk thnxs amanda
Two weeks ago we had my sister and kids move in until they find their feet again. Because we are a house that promotes no TV, family time and minimal technology our niece and nephew have to adjust. Having a huge front yard helps with now 4 kids in the house. This was night one :-)
Family time with my grandchildren.lot of fun.
my special need daughter & myself loved playing cards & going for walks in the rain, we like the simple things in life & we don't have money for rich games....
Me and Miss 6 had a great time. From 10pm Friday till 6pm Sunday computer and tv off, Ice skating, time zone, games, and live show at the theatre on. We watched Jesus Christ Superstar performed at Canterbury University. It was awesome!! Miss 6 was enthralled and talked about it for days. Way cooler than tv.
Due to custody of sixteen mth grandson, we hiked wit pram to Donnellys flat, and back via river, Ash barefoot. Thoroughly enjoyed weekend, appreciate each other more, Cameron, the by, noticed the difference in our accessibility too, we noticed
We spent all day mingling at each park in waipukurau, including school parks, nice and sunny weekend, kids also caught a mouse on saturday and lost it in our car...
As a classroom teacher it was great to hear the stories of how families spent their time during power off family on. It was even better to hear that some still were turning off tv's and spending time with their families. We had lots of visits to farms, board games and families making things together.
We decided to explore our island a little further than the shores of Taupo. We went to the army museum and the children had a wonderful time (as did us parental units) learning about what happened in the past to our war time hero's. Of course we also packed in a bike ride, some rugby playing and laughter.
My mum and step dad got married we made it power free and made everyone and I mean everyone( the kids that sit down on there phones while functions are on because its boring and they wanna go home ) we got them all one the dance flour for hours I mean they were actually taking with people interacting dancing laughing. Was good fun !
We got away from it all to Waiheke Island I went with my daughter and granddaughter. We played noughts and crosses, played music had lots of laughs. No phones ( except photos , no TV. Walked along the each explored the island. lots of good food and wine and great quality family time to be remembered for a long time.
Since we were unplugged for the weekend we took the opportunity to visit the Orokonui Eco Sanctuary. This is something we've wanted to do for a while and we're pleased we did! See our blog below: http://www.yellowhouse.co.nz/our-visit-to-orokonui-eco-sanctuary/
The power off hours simply gave me more time to get on with undone household tasks, gardening & the like
Had a great weekend! The second power off we have done. On Saturday the kids had a go at archery, we baked, helped at our local school fair (and spent lots of money!), cuddled puppies, played board games and on Sunday our eldest and I marshalled while the youngest competed at the local triathlon.