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He karere! We aim to share stories that support positive lifestyles, reflects the journey to wellbeing and connects all communities to kaupapa oranga Māori. Achieving positive change through mātauranga Māori requires collaboration and encouragement so we want to champion and celebrate our people who are living healthy lifestyles, while providing inspiration for those who need support.

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Ko Motu-Pōhue toku mauka Ko Te Ara a Kiwa toku tai Ko Uruao, Takitimu, Tairea oku waka Ko Awarua toku rohe Ko Kai Tahu toku iwi Ko Kai Atawhiua toku hapū Ko Te Rau Aroha toku marae Ko Tahupotiki toku whare Kia ora, my name......

In March 2018 the Toi Tangata HQ will relocate to the new Northwest, Westgate development.  It is a growing and exciting hub of shops, restaurants, businesses, parks and community centres.   Exciting times for our Toi Tangata whanau....

Toi Tangata welcomes new board members, Pania Newton (Ngapuhi, Waikato, Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Maniapoto) and Lewin Husband (Ngati Maru, Tainui) onto the Toi Tangata Board.  We would like to acknowledge the work of Shane Ngatai (former Toi Tangata Chairperson) and Dene Ainsworth who are both......

The Fizz Free Whānau Challenge will again be kicking off on January 1st. In it’s second year, FFW is simply a challenge to ditch sugary drinks for the month- to improve your own hauora, but also to contribute to a wider community of challenge takers......

In November, Toi Tangata Kaiārahi, Darrio Penetito-Hemara, held a He Pī Ka Rere introduction wānanga in Whanganui for the interested early learning environments. The wānanga was an opportunity to showcase how the He Pī Ka Rere approach can be implemented in an early learning environment.......

Our Toi Tangata team was very privileged to be invited to the 35th anniversary celebration of the Te Kōhanga Reo movement late last month. The expo, held at Claudelands arena in Hamilton, was a hit with over 12,000 attending over the four days. The expo......

Toi Tangata and Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust recently reconfirmed their relationship with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations.   Both organisations share a mutual compelling goal of positively influencing kōhanga reo whānau to be active change agents and support......

In a response to the Rotorua Community’s desire to learn more about Maramataka, Healthy Families Rotorua presented a Maramataka Wānanga in August. Following this initial wānanga the Maramataka Advisory group was formed, made up of Maramataka enthusiasts and knowledgeable individuals to help guide the return......

Workforce development used to be considered the ‘poor cousin of education.’ It was thought of as something an employee would provide training in/for to produce more and better-prepared workers. Thought leaders have since pushed for a more expansive view and this is impacting on the......

The Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF), which ran from 27-29 September, was an international event for social enterprises from all over the world to come together, share wisdom, build networks and discuss how to create a more sustainable future. This year, the event was held......

The Certificate in Public Health is designed for students who aspire to careers in public health. It is particularly relevant to public health workers and those in primary care and community health roles who have yet to achieve university level qualifications in this field. If you......

He Kakano – Live to Learn is a co-design framework to create learning environments that meet the needs and aspirations of Māori. It seeks to create a blueprint for change for a national education system that improves hauora Māori. He Kakano is also facilitating the......

Kids’ Cam researchers are calling for urgent government action to clean up the junk food advertisements surrounding children to help reduce obesity after findings reveal that New Zealand children are exposed to around 27 unhealthy food advertisements per day. The innovative camera study, conducted by......

The Heart Foundation has recently released Healthy Celebrations, a new resource which aims to provide healthy alternatives for celebrating special occasions. The  resource  suggests practical ways to recognise and celebrate occasions such as birthdays and special holidays, with the child as the focus instead of......

Healthy Auckland Together (HAT) has laid a formal complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) about Frucor’s Pepsi Max All Blacks Emoji campaign. Read their media release below. Pepsi Max campaign appealing to children, but avoids censure under new advertising code The Advertising Standards Authority’s......

Tuesday 21st November 2017 10am-2pm Springvale Stadium London Street Whanganui Based on traditional techniques used by our tūpuna, He Pī Ka Rere is a kori and kai (movement and nutrition) approach to nurturing the development of under 5’s within their early learning environments. For enquiries,......

Disc golf, like regular golf but… different. Though the sport was formalised in the 1970s, you’d be forgiven for never having heard of disc golf before and though it’s hard to know the level of interest, the sport continues to grow in popularity. Disc golf......

Effectiveness of recruitment to a smartphone-delivered nutrition intervention in New Zealand: analysis of a randomised controlled trial Recently published in the BMJ Open in collaboration with Ekaterina Volkova, Jo Michie,  Gerhard Sundborn, Helen Eyles, Yannan Jiang, and Cliona Ni Mhurchu, this article relates to one......

The Ministry of Health is a holding a series of events throughout New Zealand to understand the journey our health system has taken since the launch of the New Zealand Health Strategy a year ago.  At these events, participants will work together to understand how......

The Health Promotion Agency (HPA) Nutrition and Physical Activity (NPA) programme is offering Community Partnership grants up to $5,000 to support community projects that provide opportunities for children under age five (5) to engage in active play. Community Partnerships are about enabling communities to develop......

Habitat Heroes is a kaupapa that encourages communities to support and protect our natural environments. By being active kaitiaki we can all connect to the biodiversity, spirituality, history, culture and overall health and wellbeing effects that a healthy environment brings. The Department of Conservation’s ‘Habitat Heroes’......

Each year in New Zealand about 9,000 people have a stroke– that’s around one Kiwi each hour! Delayed recognition of a stroke can have tragic consequences, including further damage to the brain or death. The aim of the FAST campaign is to raise awareness that......

Kai Māori, Kai ora is the central Toi Tangata nutritional strategy that aims to support the numerous components required for whānau to reach their potential. Kai Māori, Kai ora recognises that there are many different elements to well-being and acknowledges the reciprocal relationship between Te......

“The absence of an illness isn’t the same as wellbeing and recovering from an illness doesn’t mean that wellbeing has arrived; it means that you have recovered from an illness. If you run a marathon, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are well, it means you......

‘Whakapūpūtia mai o mānuka kia kore ai e whati’ Cluster together the branches of the manuka tree, together they are strong and are not easily broken. Miharo pai ana i nga korero i puta i te hui i nga wiki kua pahure! Rangatahi Tū Rangatira......

The team at Toi Tangata recently held our one day Symposium “Working the Kūmara 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......

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. I then learned quickly that if you’re around Hariata, be prepared for moments of......

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. Ora is an empathetic soul with......

With an increasing focus on data driven decisions, various governmental arms are increasing the pressure to get health providers and community organisations to focus on the numbers. The idea of ‘outcomes’ is a big part of the government mantra to get ‘more with less’ and......

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.  Wiremu is a Youth Educator at Te Oranga – Te Runanga of Te Raukawa......

Here at Toi Tangata, we love to encourage movement and activity. Whether you like playing with your kids, connecting with the taiao or are a high performing athlete; we want you to huff and puff! The guidelines we’ve listed below are for a minimum of......

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......

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......

E te manukura, e te amokura, nau mai, haere mai. I tūwhera ai ngā kūaha katoa kia tomo mai koe. Mauria mai o taonga, mauria mai o whēakonga, mauria mai o whakaaro rangatira. Nau mai, tauti mai ki te whānau o Toi Tangata. We are......

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. This year we offered three opportunities; two internships in partnership with tertiary providers University of Otago-Te Koronga and Te Wānanga......

Māori co-design enthusiasts from across the motu gathered at Te Noho Kotahitanga Marae last Thursday to wānanga around the application of co-design to drive mātauranga Māori approaches within kaupapa Māori environments. The inaugural Tikanga Māori Co-Design Wananga was a collaborative event between Toi Tangata and......

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......

Mauri ora ki a koutou mai nga whānau o Toi Tangata. Ko tenei ta matou wa tuatahi, he watea ta matou hoa, ta matou rangatira, a Leonie Matoe. Tenei te mihi mahana ki a ia mo tona mahi he hapai te kaupapa oranga i roto......

Heretaunga Haukū nui Heretaunga Ararau Heretaunga Haaro o Te Kaahu Heretaunga Takotoa noa Heretaunga of life giving dew Heretaunga of Arcadian pathways Heretaunga, beauty of which can only be seen by the hawk Heretaunga that has been left to us the humble servants A few......

He Pī Ka Rere is a kaupapa Māori physical activity and nutrition approach that nurtures and develops the whole being of a tamaiti in Kaupapa Māori Early Learning Environments (KMELE). This approach is based on traditional techniques used by our tūpuna and born from the......

You may have noticed lately that the morning light has been radiating through the bedroom blinds at about six in the morning. And though the tail of winter sometimes gives us a friendly reminder that Hine-Takurua has not yet relinquished her grasp, the inevitability of......

Upon arrival we were embraced by the warmth of the tropical island; a stark contrast to our Aotearoa winter. Although the warmer weather was eagerly anticipated during the training build up, it was also a daunting adjustment to acclimatise within two days before the competition......

This is a question that I am often confronted with. Breakfast is often touted as being the most important meal of the day and many experts in the area of nutrition react in a way that the sky may indeed cave in if one should......

No doubt you have all heard about the Pokémon craze going around the world at the moment.  It is an interesting exploration of what an increasingly digital universe can look like and how practical skills could easily fall away leaving children to chase imaginary animals......

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”. Most people think this word means hello, but its connotations are......