A free wellness expo is being held in Palmerston North for people to explore new approaches to wellbeing.
The Hauora Unleashed Expo, on Saturday and Sunday, will offer free health checks, music, workshops and kapa haka performances.
Organiser and psychologist Luke Rowe said people could improve their wellbeing through activities such as sitting at the beach or walking in a forest.
The expo aimed to show people what wellbeing looked like outside of simply taking medication, Rowe said.
People will be able to learn about meditation and mindfulness and there will be massages offered for people with physical stress.
Agency representatives will be on hand to talk about social problems and all stallholders were told to be interactive rather than simply handing out pamphlets, he said.
The event was free, so all families could experience the expo, ensuring cost was no barrier, Rowe said.
Rowe, who is from Palmerston North, wanted to hold the expo in a region that was a Mecca for events, so he chose Manawatū, he said.
There will also be financial and employment advice available, mental health services and activities for children.
Che Fu, King Kapisi and Troy King are some of the acts performing.
Education providers and real estate agents will also be offering advice.
The expo will be at the Central Energy Trust Arena and it is supported by the MidCentral District Health Board and Sport Manawatū, among other organisations.