Stakeholder Survey

As promised, here are the results of our workforce survey

Haere ra

Recently, we bade farewell to three valuable team members, Callie, Danielle and Awhi. We reflect on their time with us and the contributions they made while they were here. 

Koanga Update

Take a quick glimpse at what we have been up to.

Disc Golf

It’s rising in popularity, but what exactly is disc golf?

From the Journals

Recently published: Effectiveness of recruitment to a smartphone-delivered nutrition intervention in New Zealand: analysis of a randomised controlled trial.

Sugar Tax Submission

The NZ Beverage Guidance Panel recently called for consultation on a policy brief they had developed highlighting the urgency for placing a tax on sugary drinks in New Zealand. We responded.

Waterview Tunnel Ride

When the New Zealand Transport Agency offered the chance for the public to walk or cycle through the newly completed Waterview Tunnel Megan and Danielle happily took up the invitation.

Nau Mai, Haere Mai Erina!

Meet our new team member, Erina Korohina ( Ngati Porou).  Our new kaiarahi in nutrition, she joins the Toi Tangata whanau via satellite office based in Tauranga.

Haere ra, Ora!

Ora began here at Toi Tangata in 2015 as the whānau navigator for the Bariatric Service project, He Awatea Hou. In this role, she excelled, making her various clients feel comfortable during an often difficult time of their lives.

Until our next adventure, Hariata

When I first met Hariata the first thing that struck me (and if you’ve ever seen Hariata you’ll know what I’m about to say) was her hair. Big hair, big personality.

Toi Tangata Symposium 2017

The team at Toi Tangata recently held our one day Symposium “Working the Kumara Vine” at Te Māhurehure Marae (Pt Chevalier, Tāmaki Makaurau). Around ninety participants across a range of sectors attended the Symposium. Of the participants, around half were first time attendees of a Toi Tangata event.

Rangatahi Tū Rangatira National Hui 2017

Rangatahi Tū Rangatira held their annual hui in Te Whanganui a Tara in March, an event which brought together providers and kaimahi who hold Rangatahi Tū Rangatira contracts with the Ministry of Health. Toi Tangata was honoured to be invited to join the gathering of like-minded people who, like us, are passionate about tikanga and mātauranga as a guide to ensure that our next generation can flourish.

Te Ritorito 2017

Crystal Pekepo attending the Te Ritorito forum in April, jointly hosted by Te Puni Kōkiri and Superu at Pipitea Marae. Among the topics touched on, whānau ora was discussed as a changing focus for Māori, taking the step towards a more positive approach to health and wellbeing and moving away from the focus on sickness and towards a focus on wellness.

Kai Ora Wānanga - Parapara

Kai Māori, Kai ora recognises that there are many different elements to well-being and acknowledges the reciprocal relationship between Te Ao Māori and the way we think, feel, eat, drink and move.  One of the recent initiatives around the Kai Māori, Kai ora space supported a whānau led kai-mapping wananga with a group of Ngati Tara whānau at Parapara Marae.

Te Wananga o Pohutukawa with Wiremu Sarich

At the base of Taumarumaru Pā, one of the three pā sites situated within Taumarumaru Reserve, stands a Pohutukawa tree that became our first “classroom” for the day with Wiremu Sarich.

Research Methods 101: Data collection

With more emphasis being placed on data driven decision-making, we cover the basics of data collection from the research perspective and outline some firm foundations for capturing good data.

Top 5 list for being active and eating well over the summer break

It can be pretty tough staying active and making healthy eating choices during the summer holiday season with all that yummy kai around, but there are some great ways to keep you healthy over this period. We’ve come up with some tips to support you feeling your best.

Toi te Kupu - New and improved!

Toi Tangata has just released a revised edition of its popular health resource, Toi te Kupu. First published in 2014 as a collaborative effort between the NZ Heart Foundation and Toi Tangata, Toi te Kupu was developed to help normalise te reo Māori in and around kai.

Meet our new CEO

We are so happy to introduce Megan Tunks, the new Kaiwhakahaere Matua, CEO of Toi Tangata. Megan (Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Te Whakatōhea), brings valuable experience to this key role and will take the reins from Callie Corrigan, who has served as interim CEO since the departure of Leonie Matoe in October 2016.

Co-creation, Co-design and Innovation!

What does co-creation, co-design and innovation look like from a kaupapa Māori perspective? Māori co-design enthusiasts from across the motu gathered to share insights into how the application of co-design can drive mātauranga Māori approaches within kaupapa Māori environments

Meet our Summer Student Interns!

For the fourth consecutive year, Toi Tangata put out the call for tauira Māori to apply for the Toi Tangata Summer Student Internships for 2016-2017. From an impressive pool of candidates, the successful applicants were Tukohirangi Pini (Tapuika), Waitiria Greeks (Whakatohea, Ngati Maniapoto) and Deb Heke (Ngapuhi).

Haere rā, Leonie

As many of you are aware we have bid farewell to our leader Leonie Matoe, as she takes on new challenges within her iwi, Ngā Rauru Kiitahi, in the role of business manager for the subsidiary company Kiitahi Limited. While our team is tino sad to have her leave, we are excited for her as she gets to move home and contribute to her own whanau and iwi oranga.

Bariatric surgery kick-starts new journey for the whole whānau

As the whānau navigator support worker for He Awatea Hou, Ora Hohaia has recently had the privilege of meeting and working with Kaye Edwards (Ngā Puhi) and her whānau. She reflects on their collective journey and the impact the health literacy programme has had on both Kaye and her whānau.

Maunga to moana

Toi Tangata kaimahi, Crystal Pekepo, was given the opportunity to participate in the Maunga ki te Moana wānanga during September. Here, she shares her experience.

Tamaiti Piri Pāua

The pāua is a delicious shellfish that can be difficult to spot as they resemble rocks, but when seen  moving they look more like a snail. Have a go at this He Pī Ka Rere material with your whānau.

Ka Tangi te Pipiwharauroa

You may have noticed lately that the morning light has been radiating through the bedroom blinds at about six in the morning.

On the hunt for a new leader

After eleven years with the organisation our current Kaiwhakahere Matua CEO, Leonie Matoe has resigned. Te Hotu Manawa Maori Trust, currently trading as Toi Tangata is now on the hunt for a new leader.

Tu’aro Māohi in Tahiti

Tu’aro Māohi is the most important athletic event in Heiva, the annual cultural festival for French Polynesia. In the second week of July, Team Aotearoa with seven athletes and one pēpi Te Hiringa i Mahara in tow travelled to Papeete, Tahiti to be a part of it.

Health Equity

Right now, health equity is a hot topic in health. The term itself demands attention and makes the speaker sound clever, but what is it and how do you do it?

2016 Brofile Dinner Awards

Team Bros Multi-Sport Group is a gathering of likeminded people who are on a mission to be fit for purpose, better than their best and who support each other along the journey.

Why Health

Health was extremely important to te iwi Māori and indeed the whole Pacific. Where is the proof? It is ingrained in our tikanga and language. When we greet one another we say “kia ora”.

Toi Tangata July 2016 Update

Ki ngā whetū e kapokapo mai, ko Matariki e, ko Matariki e!  Ngā mihi o te tau hou e hoa mā, ko te tūmanako ka mau tonu tātou ki te tikanga o Matariki nei. Otirā, ka aroaro ki ngā tohutohu kia whai oranga mō ngā whānau me ngā hāpori Māori huri noa i te motu.  

Our New Distance Nutrition Service

Toi Tangata is now offering nutrition support for whānau and friends. For a long time now, Toi Tangata has been concerned that many people who need help with their eating are not able to access it.

Nau mai, hoki mai Crystal Pekepo

We get the great opportunity this month to welcome back to the team, Crystal Pekepo, of Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tāne and Ngāti Vara (Mangaia) descent.

Tu’aro Ma’ohi Ancestral Games 2016

Every year during the Heiva Tu’aro Ma’ohi Festival, around 80 French Polynesian islands converge at Papeete to compete, dance and paddle in a variety of activities.

Matariki Reflections

We would like to extend our thanks to those of you who were able to join us at our Matariki event last week.  We made new connections as well as maintaining connections within our networks.  We gathered to participate in dialogue with the stars of Māori health research and practice, Dr Lisa Te Morenga and Dr Ihirangi Heke, each giving cues to what the future may bring for Māori nutrition and physical activity practices.

Matariki Reflections

We would like to extend our thanks to those of you who were able to join us at our Matariki event last week.  We made new connections as well as maintaining connections within our networks.  We gathered to participate in dialogue with the stars of Māori health research and practice, Dr Lisa Te Morenga and Dr Ihirangi Heke, each giving cues to what the future may bring for Māori nutrition and physical activity practices.

Te Iwa o Matariki

If Matariki is the star associated with reflection, our connection to the environment and the gathering of people, then we have been fortunate to have had many positive experiences gathering leaders in our sector to connect with the environment through our Atua-Matua wānanga led by Dr Ihirangi Heke and Toi Tangata programme manager, Callie Corrigan.

Toi Tangata June 2016 Update

Tēnā anō e hoa mā e whai ora. Kua tau a Hine Takurua i runga i te whenua, kua matao te whenua hei anu makariri, ahakoa te aha kia tū teitei kia tū ora ai. May was a jam-packed month which we greeted with gusto at The Nugget 2016.

Ka Kite Anō Jessica Meads

It is with a sad and heavy heart that we farewell one of our kaimahi as she leaves the familiar comfort of home in search of wondrous adventures abroad.

Wānanga at The Nugget 2016

Earlier this month and back for a second year, Toi Tangata held a wānanga at Waihi community Marae and participated in the multisport event, The Nugget.

Matariki Event

The time of year to celebrate the rising of Matariki is just around the corner. Toi Tangata invites you to come along to our Matariki event.

Governance Team affirms Toi Tangata Strategy

Following a change of guard in 2015 the governance team of Te Hotu Manawa Māori Trust (THMM) and Toi Tangata have affirmed the organisation’s strategic direction in order to sustain ongoing impact.

Waiāriki and the bottled-water giants

Waiariki: Our water, Your Future is a contribution towards building content and understanding around wai Māori. The recent sale of the Ashburton District Council’s Lot 9, which included resource consent to bottle 1.4 billion litres of artesian water each year, has brought issues around wai back into the spotlight.


Over the past few months Toi Tangata has been working with and supporting the Cinco Cine roopu, Pukana, around kaupapa Māori focused physical activity and nutrition.

Iron for Active people

As a basic rule of thumb, those who participate in an activity or training that gets their lungs working need a lot more oxygen. Iron is essential to this process as one of its main roles in the body is to help transport oxygen in the blood to all cells, organs and muscles in the body.

Toi Tangata May 2016 Update

Tēnā anō ngā hoa o Toi tangata e whai oranga ana. Nei rā te mihi o te wāhanga ki a koutou katoa. Kei roto i te pūrongo nei ka aro mātou ki ētahi take whakahirahira. Ka mutui, ka kite i ngā mahi kua wēpua e tātou ko ngā hoa, ko ngā whānau whānui o Toi Tangata.

The Whakapapa of Iron

Kua whiwhi ki tāu? Are you getting enough? The importance of iron for us links back to Papatūānuku and Tānemahuta and their search for the uha tangata or the female element.

Toi Tangata April 2016 Update

Tēnā koutou katoa e hoa mā e kimi ora, nei rā te mihi o te wāhanga nei, ko Ngahuru.  Ka puta ko Whānui ki te pae o te rangi.  E rere Whānui, e rere!  He whetū tēnei e takina ai te hauhake.

Nudge for health sector

Toi Tangata has teamed up with the guys from Nudge Coach: a health tracking app for smartphones and tablets that generates a single score, measuring how healthy the user is living.

Te Arawa Games

The Te Arawa games is an annual event run by Te Papa Tākaro o Te Arawa. It is an eagerly anticipated occasion built with the intention of providing an opportunity for whānau, hapū, iwi and marae to be physically active.

Trans-Tasman Tag Competition

Toi Tangata kaimahi, Darrio Penetito-Hemara competed in the Trans-Tasman Tag Test series for the New Zealand Open Mixed team earlier this month.The test was played as a five game series over three days, all of which came down to eight decider matches showing just how close the competition was.

Kai Time kaupapa earns Innovation Award at Toi Tangata Hui-ā-Tau 2016

The Innovation Award recognises that new knowledge belongs to those who push the boundaries and dedicate themselves to removing inefficiencies.  This award was presented to Diana Neru in recognition of her innovative and visionary thinking in honour of her programme, Kai Time.

Davina Thompson wins Student Award

The Student Award is one of these accolades which is aimed at students studying, working or whom have a keen interest in mātauranga Māori approaches to nutrition and physical activity. At the Toi Tangata Hui-ā-Tau held in February this year, the Student Award was presented to Davina Thompson in recognition of her leadership and drive in all areas related to Māori health and wellbeing.


Anyone who’s worked in a food business will tell you that plenty of good quality food gets thrown away every day, for all sorts of reasons; it could be approaching its best before date or maybe there’s more of it than is needed.

Celebrating Success: Davina Thompson

A self-proclaimed ‘kai activist’, Davina Thompson aims high within the kai and movement world and does the mahi to back it up.

Dietary Trend Tools: A call for focus group members

Dietary Trend Tools, a resource package to tautoko healthy conversations about emerging dietary trends between kaimahi hauora and the community. We are now looking to pilot the resource package to gain feedback from resource users.

Toi Tangata E-Newsletter August 2015

While we might be in the depths of Takurua Toi Tangata have been keeping warm by getting stuck into our mahi. Check out our latest E-Newsletter to find out what we have been getting up to and what is still to come.

Sylvia and Maria’s Final Blog Post

Today is our final day at the Toi Tangata office. The last two weeks have been busy as we have been working on writing a meal plan for people who are quitting smoking. Also being around to see the day-to-day running and conversations had in the Toi Tangata office has been very rewarding.

Blog from the Massey Student Dieticians: Smoking Cessation

Kia ora! Ko Maria maua ko Sylvia a maua ingoa. We are student dietitians from Massey University, and we are lucky enough to be doing our Public Health placement with Toi Tangata for the next two weeks. Over the next fortnight, we are going to be looking at nutrition support for smoking cessation.


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Jess and her South American Journey

Jessica Meads has returned to us from a 5 month South American adventure.  She shares some of her observations of kai on her journey.

Toi Tangata Summer Scholarship 2014-15

It is that time again whanau. Following on the success of our first summer scholarship last year, We are looking for two awesome students who would like to come and complete a summer internship with the team at Toi Tangata. This scholarship is aimed in providing an opportunity for a student to participate in the development on an innovative approach to nutrition and physical activity in a project that has reciprocal benefits to both the student and the sector.

Rangahau Review

Every e-news we will try to review an article that we think may be of benefit to the sector.  This month we looked at an article written by Wendy Henwood of Te Ropu Whariki, Massey University.

Toi Tangata Innovation Awards

Every year we acknowledge community leaders and innovators who draw on their experiences to create positive outcomes for their community.  Each of these innovators presented workshops at the Toi Tangata Hui-a-Tau in February and based on participant feedback, were identified as Toi Tangata Champions, and recipients of a $1,000.00 cash prize to support their ongoing awesomeness.

The Journey of our Toi Tangata Summer Student Internship

For the first time we held a Summer Student Internship for two student over a 10 week period. Hariata Tai Rakena (Ngati Mahanga and Ngati Haua) and Emma Iwikau (Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngati Whakaue) came to us from AUT and Massey University. Their vibrant energy was enjoyed by our whole team as they had the opportunity to learn about the sector we work in and connect with a wide range of people and contribute through the development of their own projects.

He Pi Ka Rere Training Wananga

‘He Pī Ka Rere’ is an evidence based Kaupapa Māori movement programme that draws on Mātauranga Māori and other indigenous knowledge to inform the role of traditional activity in the growth and development of a child.

Toi Wahine

In November 2014 we will be hosting a special four day celebration for women of all ages.  You will have the opportunity to reconnect to traditional practices that will strengthen and nourish your soul, to re-claim and understand the wisdoms of our ancestry, to restore the balance within you and to celebrate being you!

Hui A Tau 2014

E ngā manu i rere mai nō tawhiti
E ngā manu i hou mai nō pātata,
Nau mai, haere mai, tauiti mai
Kia piki tātou ki te huarewa tapu o te rangi
Kia ruku tātou ki te rua rētō o te whenua
Kia kawaea ngā moemoeā o rātou kua wehe
atu ki te pō
Hei pou oranga mō tātou e noho mai ki te ao
E koutou mā, anei rā te whakamaherehere
Toi te kupu,
Toi te mana,
Toi te whenua,
Toi te tangata.

Exercise Apps Review

Kia ora whanau,
With the vast use of smart phones and apps available on the market, we thought we’d do a quick review on some of the most popular exercise and running apps for you. Keep an eye out for future posts on more apps and if you have any apps you’re interested in, lets us know so we can suss them out and review them!

Waiora at Work

Waiora at work is an innovative programme based in Gisborne which has been running since 2009…


It is essentially tasteless, odourless and colourless and one of the most abundant compounds on earth.

Tunu Kai, Tunu Kai Ora!

Over the past three years Chef Stephen Cameron has been sharing his secret recipes throughout Tauranga…

Te Arawa Toiora

From the start of 2010 Tane Māori from Te Arawa have enjoyed a new lease on life…

Marae Master Chef

Located out in the heart of Counties Manukau, the hard working team at Huakina Development Trust…

Māra Kai - Mahuru

Kua pūmahana te whenua, me ngā otaota, me ngā rākau”

Mara Kai - Takurua

While Hine – Takurua has her icy grip on the land it is a time to keep warm ...

Māra Kai - Raumati

One summer two chiefs debated over which is the most important food…

Mara Kai -  Ngahuru

Ngahuru was a joyous time for our ancestors, for it was a time of peace and plenty.