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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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As reported by The Gisborne Herald: DARRIO Penetito-Hemara is the creative mind behind He Pi Ka Rere, the new learning tool that helps children build a healthy relationship with kai (nutrition) and kori (movement). The Auckland based kaiarahi (leader), a training and development specialist for......

Toi Tangata Kaitautoko- Business & Innovation Specialist, Fiona Wilson is taking on Māori Movement! If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about this exciting new kaupapa, join Fi as she embarks on her journey of wellbeing!...

In early March Toi Tangata brought a Systems Science wānanga to Waikato, presented by Dr Ihirangi Heke, Dr Nina Scott, Chae Simpson and Diana Neru. The one day introductory workshop aimed to support and uplift the Waikato health promotion workforce by providing participants with the......

In March, Toi Tangata Chief Executive, Megan Tunks attended Te Putahitanga annual Whanau Ora Symposium.  Te Putahitanga is the Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency for Te Waipounamu. Here’s her take on it. I love attending these symposiums, to listen to the presentations from a range of......

We have recently welcomed Layla Lyndon Tonga to the Toi Tangata whanau. Layla will be helping out with the Ol@ Or@ project that we are delivering alongside the National Health Science Challenge within the University of Auckland.   Layla’s skills, knowledge and experience coupled with......

We have moved out of the busy city centre to our new Northwest Mall site located at 8/48 Maki Street, Westgate.  These are exciting times for the team as we all acclimatise to our new environment and neighbourhood. Thanks to Kora Kitchens for installing our......

Darrio Penetito-Hemara our Tamaki Makaurau based Kaiarahi- Training and Development Specialist, launched a two day He Pī Ka Rere wānanga in both Gisborne and Whanganui for kaimahi from the local Kohanga Reo and Puna Reo. He Pī Ka Rere is a kaupapa Māori based physical......

Growing the Puna is part of our workforce development mahi and provides the opportunity to connect tauira who have a passion to work in Māori health, with the mahi that is happening within the Māori public health, nutrition and physical activity. Regardless of which tertiary......

When Rereata Makiha was growing up there were no cellphones, iPads or computers. In fact, there was no power. So without the internet or any technology how did people understand the world they lived in? “Our grandparents,” Makiha says. He was speaking to a group......

A new app targeted at assisting Māori and Pasifika with their health is being trialled. Groups Toi Tangata, the Fono Health & Social Services, South Waikato Pacific Islands Community Services and three universities have contributed to the development of the app, Ol@-Or@ Its aim is......

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 9:48 am Press Release: eHealthNews.nz A healthy lifestyle app developed for Māori and Pasifika people is being trialled and could be rolled out nationally next year. Ol@-Or@ is a mobile app and website co-designed by Toi Tangata, the Fono Health & Social Services,......

This salad dressing is so easy to make. Throw everything into one dessert bowl for mixing. You can make ahead and store in the fridge for up to three days. Ingredients 2 heaped tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter 2 heaped tablespoons of  mayonnaise 1 teaspoons......

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......

OL@-OR@ is a healthy lifestyle mHealth programme co-designed with Māori and Pasifika communities.  We are now at the trial phase and will be testing the app throughout select communities....

Our latest Atua Matua wānanga was a one-day event held at He Waka Tapu in Otautahi (Christchurch). Whānau were introduced to the Atua Matua Framework and the application of metaphoric knowledge to physical exercise. For more information, check out Atua Matua on YouTube....

Christmas is nearly upon us and with it, the heat of Tamanuitera. Here are some handy tips to save on wai this summer: Wai Māori, Ngāi Māori....

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......