Koanga Update

-Toi Tangata has been contracted by the MoH to develop resources to support the Under 5’s Physical Activity Guidelines. These resources will help kaimahi to deliver the messages of the ‘Sit less, move more, sleep well: Active Play Guidelines for Under Fives’ to whānau using the principles of mātauranga Māori. The resources will include; oriori (lullaby), waiata, and karakia. View the guidelines here.

-Over the last six months we have run two Toi Ako webinars. One was on ‘What does living well and being happy have to do with the positive continuation of whakapapa?. The second was a korero with Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu on Do nutrition labels help us to choose healthier foods? What difference do the new Health Star Rating labels make to food choices?’ which included an update on the Starlight research.

-Kaimahi workforce survey undertaken, the results of which can be read here.

-He Pī Ka Rere has an open wānanga in October 2017 which will be made available to Early Learning Environments to attend. The wānanga will be an opportunity to go through the approach and methods of delivery to support physical activity and nutrition outcomes for under 5s.

-Toi Tangata has recently  become a member of Healthy Auckland Together (HAT).

-We are supporting the Thriving Tamariki Māori project at Auckland Council with their service design and development. The project aims to  significantly lift Māori social and economic well being for tamariki under 5; and to improve how council supports whanau to give tamariki Māori under five a good start and enable tamariki to thrive.

-OL@-OR@, a study which aims to create an intervention tool to reduce the risks of non-communicable diseases in Māori and Pacific peoples will begin the testing phase over the next six months, which will involve coordinating cluster groups to trial the mHealth tool in an operating environment. The study is funded by the Healthier Lives He Oranga Hauora  National Science Challenge. Our role is to work alongside and co-create an mHealth tool with two communities. Toi Tangata Co-Design specialist - Crystal Pekepo recently presented at the ANA conference on this topic. Check it out here.

-DIET is a five-year programme of research focused on providing vital information directly relevant to national and international policies on the most effective and cost-efficient ways to improve population diets and health. Toi Tangata sits on the advisory panel for this research and recently held a Māori expert panel to discuss price differentials and affordability of healthy versus current diets for Māori households.  Megan Tunks (Toi Tangata Kaiwhakahaere Matua) has replaced Callie Corrigan as the Toi Tangata Māori representative in an advisory capacity across the five projects. Link here.