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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......

Our nutritionist, Zirsha Wharemate, shares her experience and knowledge around taewa, a traditional staple kai crop for Māori, and her successes in the maara this season. I can’t think of many things that are better than freshly dug new potatoes out of your own garden,...

With an equal passion for nutrition, animal rights and the taiao as well as a burning desire to make a positive difference, Summer Wright is putting in the work to make sure the future of food is a bright one.  Summer Wright (Ngāti Maniapoto) first joined...

I’m a relatively new waka ama paddler with a kete of experience just shy of 1.5 years. My husband and I fell into waka ama while living in New Caledonia where the balmy island temperature doesn’t require the mental fortitude that it does in New...

Picture this, if you will. Lush green bush and fanned ferns peppered with cicada and bird song, all underscored by the persistent rush of a nearby waterfall. Air, fresh from its dance with the rākau filling your lungs. It may not be your standard surroundings...

Zayden Tane (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāriki Kaipūtahi) My project is based around kaupapa kori tinana and kai Māori that Toi Tangata delivers in relation to Te Mārautanga o Aotearoa and the New Zealand Curriculum. The project included a literature review, the two curriculums in Aotearoa/New Zealand, He...

Each season has its own unique beauty and awesomeness about it, but ngahuru has to be one of my favourite seasons of the year. Not too hot, not too cold and because there are still plenty of daylight hours, it is a great time to...

Samantha Kamariera (Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri)  I was born and raised in a small city within the Manawatu - Palmerston North, New Zealand. As a child, I was fortunate enough to grow up with sports being second nature to me. I was involved in numerous team...

Ko Samantha Kamariera toku ingoa.  My project was based on exploring an understanding of Māori systems approaches- what it is and what it means for my future. My report includes who I am, my literature view, Māori health models and frameworks, and the findings of my...

Kurt Grayson (Ngāti Porou)  My journey with wai started like everyone else’s; suspended within mother’s sacred waters. This then followed the natural progression of life with the need to drink water and stay hydrated. In turn, playing in and around water became a large part of...