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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......

The Atua Matua Wānanga took place in Waitara in early November hosted by Ihirangi Heke. Approximately 30 people were in attendance from local community activators, to public health advisors, and kaupapa Māori programme coordinators.  With only a day to answer and talk through a wide range...

Growing the Puna is a workforce development approach to help grow the Māori health and disability workforce by exposing Māori tertiary students to Māori approaches to kori tinana and kai oranga within our communities. Toi Tangata’s Growing the Puna internship programme has successfully been able...

We have recently welcomed Ranginui Rikirangi-Thomas (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Ranginui) to the Toi Tangata whanau. Ranginui will be leading He Pī Ka Rere, our national kaupapa Māori physical activity and nutrition programme for tamariki in early learning environments. He will spearhead He Pī...

I mua tonu o te raumati, i whakahaere ngā wānanga He Pī Ka Rere ki te rohe o te Waiāriki-Mātaatua. I tu tētahi ki Whakatāne, tētahi hoki ki Tauranga Moana.  Tuatahi, me mihi ka tika ki ngā kaimahi o ngā Kōhanga Reo, nā rātou tēnei kaupapa...

This year has been an interesting and trying year, with the rise of working at home a direct result of the Covid pandemic. Increasing numbers of people are shifting to platforms to enable them to work remotely, with some even choosing to uproot life in...

The Ministry of Health has recently updated the Healthy Eating Guidelines for pregnant and breastfeeding women. View the full guidelines here or check out what has changed here.  Toi Tangata was part of an advisory for the update of the Infant and Toddler Guidelines which will...

Ingredients: 750g boneless chicken breast halves 2 tsp chili pepper or chili powder 1 tsp dried oregano, crushed 1 tsp dried thyme, crushed ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp black pepper 1 can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed 1 tlbs canola oil 2 tlbs light ranch salad dressing 2 tlbs...

Ingredients: 1 package (5 ounces) organic spinach 8 ounces strawberries, halved (about 2 cups halved strawberries) 1 large avocado, sliced ½ small red onion, thinly sliced ½ cup feta crumbles ⅓ cup raw sliced almonds ¼ cup chopped shelled roasted pistachios For the balsamic strawberry vinaigrette: 3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup olive oil 1 garlic...

Traditional Māori physical activity is distinguished by a Māori cultural definition understood through mātauranga, with shared whakapapa to Atua, and practiced through tikanga. Despite a rich understanding and practice of Māori physical activity in a pre-European era, the violent colonial experience in Aotearoa has resulted...