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Toi Tangata welcomes the announcement of the major health reform revealed by Minister Little and Minister Henare on Wednesday morning. The establishment of a Māori Health Authority is a bold and courageous move in the right direction. This new Māori Health Authority will have the......

Thursday 11 February 2021For immediate release The first 1000 days of life have the potential to set us up for good health across our lives and are when good nutrition can have the greatest impact. But while good nutrition in early childhood is essential for......

Māori Touch NZ is delighted to announce the 21st Māori Touch Tournament, which will take place on the 5 and 6 December 2020 at Rotorua’s International Stadium. Proudly hosted and organised by the Rotorua Touch Association, the new venue has enabled the tournament to proceed......

Toi Te Kupu is a renewed Māori-to-English and English-to- Māori dictionary about kai, cooking, our body and our mind. The resource was developed by the Heart Foundation and Toi Tangata to empower everyone in Aotearoa to have conversations with tamariki and mokopuna about the importance of food and......

Low iron levels are common in women, not only during pregnancy, but for all women who have demanding lifestyles. As a mum of four, Toi Tangata Kaiwhakahaere Rautaki Renei Ngawati understands the challenges of trying to meet the nutritional requirements of not only her children......

Unhealthy takeaways have no mauri. That’s the bold message Toi Tangata wants to send to whānau who now have the option of buying take out food again.    Chief Executive Megan Tunks says, “McDonalds, KFC and the like are heavy in saturated fat and sodium. These......

Monday 16 September 2019 For immediate release Toi Tangata congratulates Tūnohopū Marae of Ohinemutu, Rotorua, for their leadership in adopting a fizzy drink and plastic bottle ban and challenges other marae to follow suit.  “Embracing this kaupapa is an awesome step in supporting the wellbeing......

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,......

Thursday 1 February 2018 For immediate release Toi Tangata is proud to announce the Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau 2018 which is to be held 21-23 February 2018 in Rotorua. Toi Tangata is a national Māori agency which develops, delivers and champions kaupapa Māori based......

Tuesday 4 April 2017 For Immediate Release The Toi Tangata Symposium 2017 brings together visionaries from around the motu for a unique, interdisciplinary opportunity to share and inform kaupapa Māori health approaches, create opportunities to share innovative ideas, and make new connections within and across......

Monday 19 December 2016 For immediate release Toi Tangata has just released a revised edition of its popular health resource, Toi te Kupu. Toi te Kupu, the Māori health dictionary, was first published in 2014 as a collaborative effort between the NZ Heart Foundation and......

Monday 5 December 2016 For immediate release Toi Tangata is delighted to announce the appointment of Megan Tunks as its new CEO, effective 9 January 2017. Megan (Te Whānau-a-Apanui (Ngāti Paekau), Te Whakatōhea (Ngāti Patu, Ngāti Ngahere)), brings valuable experience to this key role and......

Thursday 24 November 2016 For immediate release Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura congratulates the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board for their leadership in adopting the replacement of sugar-sweetened beverages with healthier alternatives in Council facilities and Council-run events. The local board adopted the policy at their board meeting......

With the recent introduction of ‘treat food,’ soft drink and ‘gaming’ advertising on its channels, Māori Television is facing fierce condemnation from the Māori film and health sectors. Toi Tangata is among the critics of this new decision maintaining that odds are constantly stacked against......

For our 2023/24 Growing the Puna intake, we welcome two new interns to the Toi Tangata whānau: Erana Barlow (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Hikairo) and Steph Jasperse (Kai Tahu, Waitaha). We look forward to sharing our 10th year of Growing the Puna with Erana and Steph. Erana Barlow Ki te taha o tōku koro,Ko Pirongia...

From the 16th-19th of November, Kaimoana Queens, in collaboration with Toi Tangata and Moana Futures Ltd, hosted their second wānanga, Nāku te Rourou at Ngaiotonga Marae, Whangaruru. The amazing tangata whenua led rōpū, Moana Futures, facilitated an evening session on Thursday night sharing some of their mahi with the group. Thursday...

Our Toi Tangata research team has been working alongside Hauora Māori over the last few months to prepare for implementing hauora based programmes in hāpori Māori in early 2024 as part of phase three of the National Science Challenge - Healthier Lives Implementation Network. Alongside...

Dive Otago Collaboration Elevates Water Safety We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Dive Otago for the upcoming Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau 2024. Led by Virginia Watson, the Dive Otago team has been dedicated to the commendable task of enhancing skills and imparting knowledge...

Mātaiao ki Te Arawa In November, the Toi Tangata team and our two Summer Interns had the privilege of being hosted by Te Papa Tākaro o Te Arawa for a Mātaiao wānanga. Immersed in the rich narrative of Hātūpātū, we embarked on a journey retracing some...

Toi te kupuToi te manaToi te whenuaMauri ora! He whakautu tēnei ki te wero reo o taku hoamahi, Renei Ngawati. I tērā tau, i tuhia e ia tētahi kōrero i roto i te reo Māori anake. He wero mōna ki te whakamahi te reo e mōhio...

Earlier this year, we supported an event with Ngāpeke Permaculture in Welcome Bay, Tauranga, focused on kai, moving and playing in te reo Māori with Tutarawānanga Kōhanga Reo. Ngāpeke Permaculture is primarily led by wāhine Māori who are determined to restore their whenua using regenerative methods of gardening and practices...

Growing up in Heretaunga and being heavily sports-orientated, there wasn’t much opportunity to experience and engage with the endless avenues of science or tertiary education. However, with the experiences I’ve gained and the connections I’ve forged along the journey, I find myself impassioned to tautoko the pursuit...

Nō Poteriwhi ngā ture o te riri, hau! Nō te waoku, ka ngiha ka nguha ka ngangana e! Widely known within history books as a 'triumph for the Māori', the 1864 battle of Pukehinahina celebrated its 159th year commemoration on Labour Day this year. A range...

“He whenua pukepuke, he maunga kōrero” In early October, our Mātaiao ki Tamaki team facilitated their very first wānanga at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kotuku. A mix of kura and organisations attended this wānanga, including Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Moananui a Kiwa, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Maungarongo, He Oranga Poutama...