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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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Sport New Zealand has just announced that He Oranga Poutama, a long-standing physical activity programme that focuses on outcomes for Māori, has been expanded into four new regions with Government investment almost doubled to increase its reach. Managed by a combination of hapū, iwi, hauora......

Pipiri saw the birth of the first ever reo Māori CrossFit-style competition, Mātātoa, combining two passions of its creators; te reo Māori and physical activity. The brainchild of the Kapa-Kingi triplets Heemi, Tipene, and Eru, the competition saw over 160 athletes from all over the......

Lizzie Strickett is a current student at Takiura, taking a year to delve into full immersion Te Reo Māori learning. As a busy māmā of two, a loving wife and advocate for hauora Māori and hauora whānau, Lizzie took the time to invest in her......

Tākaro Māori and culturally-empowered play allows tamariki to have fun and connect while developing self-regulation skills, resilience and mauri ora. Mokopuna Korikori, a kaupapa developed in partnership between Toi Tangata and ACC has been exploring what this can look like.  Working alongsid...

Toi Tangata was humbled to support te umu kohukohu whetū ki Ōkūrei, a beautiful and wairua filled kaupapa to bring in te tau hou Māori. Toi Tangata board member, Leonie Matoe, shares her whakaaro about the experience.  One of the things I love about being......

Toi Tangata Kai Maori Kai Ora lead, Haylee Koroi, recently attended the Taiohī Taiohā wānanga in Motukaraka. Here she reflects on the value of long term thinking and encourages us to consider the ways in which we live in connection with the world around us.......

Ko Taranaki te maunga Ko Aotea te waka Ko Ngaruahine me Te Atiawa te iwi Ko Ngati Tū te hapū Ko Waiokura me Potaka te marae Ko Gayel tōku ingoa Previously working as a Whanau Ora kaimahi in the community of West Auckland, Gayel’s passion......

The rise of the Matariki star cluster to herald the Māori new year is just around the corner with the appearance taking place in the Tangaroa moon phases of the very first moon of this Maramataka year. As we look to celebrate the inaugural Matariki......

Recreation Aotearoa – Te Whai Oranga has opened applications for the Outdoor Activity Fund. The fund (worth $1.5m over three years) is available to outdoor activity providers wanting to run programmes and activities that increase and enhance participation of rangatahi in outdoor recreation. Le...

Te Koronga is a Māori research excellence kaupapa based at the University of Otago. Dr Chanel Phillips and the Te Koronga team joined us at the Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau 2022 in March and took some time to reflect on the kaupapa, sharing their......

Te Kahu Oranga Whānau and Foodstuff have partnered to open a brand new pātaka to create new choices and increase access to food for whānau in the far north. The new social supermarket, Te Hiku Pātaka, aims to open in Kaitaia later this month and......

Community Research has recently launched a podcast channel – He Kōrero – with Te Tiriti o Waitangi focused podcasts, Te Tiriti Kōrero. The channel is designed to share insights, ideas and new ways of thinking that can support the important work community leaders and organisations......

Wade Sharland was one of the successful applicants to the Growing the Puna kaupapa for the summer of 2021/2022. He shares his experience and whakaaro from the haerenga the ohu recently embarked on. Six o’clock on a Tuesday morning in the backdrop of Mangawhai, the......

As we settle into our new whare in the Hokianga we reflect on our time spent in Kokatahi, Hokitika.Living in the shelter of Te Tiritiri-o-te-moana (the southern alps), the reflections of lake Kaniere and the embrace of the Kokatahi ngahere, you learn in no uncertain......

The Toi Tangata Growing the Puna internship is aimed at fostering mātauranga Māori and whanaungatanga between tertiary students, community, and the health sector that provides opportunities for tertiary students to participate in the development of innovative approaches to physical activity and nu...

Renei Ngawati (Ngāti Hine) shares her whakaaro on the Te Ara Whetū online conference and how the normalisation of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga in health settings is now being discussed more openly without coded descriptions of cultural safety. During the recent Te Ara......

Kaihāpai He Pī Ka Rere / He Pī Ka Rere Facilitation Support Bay of Plenty region Full time 0.5FTE (20 hours per week)Fixed term to June 2023 We are looking for a Kaihāpai – He Pī Ka Rere to join our Toi Tangata whānau. This......

Kaiārahi He Pī Ka Rere / He Pī Ka Rere FacilitatorBay of Plenty regionFixed term April 2022 – September 2022 Toi Tangata is looking for a Kaiārahi – He Pī Ka Rere to join our whānau and fill the position of our current Kaiārahi while......

Pako salad (Tagalog language)  This salad was shared with our Kai Māori Kai Ora lead, Haylee Koroi by her friend David Garcia. It is good to have with rice, fried fish, or other seafood and has quickly become one of Haylee’s favourite ways to use......

The Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau is a signature feature of the Māori nutrition and physical activity sector calendar. This year the Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau was held online as a virtual event 9 – 11 November 2021. Like many organisations, Toi Tangata made......

Toi Tangata Kaiārahi Kai Māori Kai Ora, Haylee Koroi, made the move from Auckland to Hokitika earlier this year and has met, named, and can now easily identify at least 30 relatives, from ferns to trees, to shrubs and vines. It has been a beautiful......

In a collaborative effort with ACC, Toi Tangata is working on a project centered around regulating tamariki. Utilising pūrākau and kōrero tuku iho, Toi Tangata is currently testing with whānau how culturally empowered nurture and play creates the best possible environment for tamariki, mokopuna ...

Our taonga, He Pī Ka Rere, has been delivered across the motu in many settings, reaching numerous tamariki and whānau. This has also given the opportunity for kaiwhakahaere to create rauemi and consider any changes to our kaupapa over the years. We have drawn on......

A recent study involved interviews with Māori parents to understand their experiences with introducing first foods to pēpi and explore the values and practices of Māori whānau with infants during this phase.  Māori infants are differentially impacted by nutrition and health inequities that...

Toi Tangata would like to introduce and welcome four new summer Interns for this year’s Growing the Puna intake. Growing The Puna internships aim to provide opportunities for two students to participate in the development of an innovative approach to physical activity and nutrition in......

Led by Sport NZ, Play Week Aotearoa 2021 was a celebration of play and its value to tamariki, whānau and communities across Aotearoa. It was about encouraging play at home, in our neighbourhoods and within our local environments. This year, Play Week Aotearoa took place......

Te Hā Oranga – in conjunction with Te Hiringa Hauora, Hāpai Te Hauora, the Public Health Association, Te Rau Ora and Toi Tangata –  is excited to present Te Ara Whetū 2022. ‍ ‍Te Ara Whetū 2022 is a national Māori health promotion hui which......

E tū whakaruruhau mō te moko nei. Ko ngā maunga tapu o Mauao, o Maungarake, o Huruiki, Maringi mai ana ko ngā awa o Ruamahanga, o Whakapara, Ko ngā wai pīataata o Tauranga moana.  Te ūnga mai o ngā waka Te Arawa, Tākitimu, Ngātokimatawhaorua, o......

Renei Ngawati gives us an update and reflection on the Te Ara Reo Hauora project she has been working on to help create a possible workforce development support scheme for kaimahi Māori who work in hauora related professions to learn te reo Māori and fill......

Kua tino whakawhanaunga māua nei ko kareao i tēnei marama. We’ve been spending some time in whanaungatanga this month with kareao. Kei te whetero mai ngā rau! The kareao leaves are starting to protrude along the vines, and soon we might even be seeing the......

I hangaia e Play Week Aotearoa 2021 he kiriata hei whakahihiko i ngā tamariki Māori ki te tākaro i ngā kemu Māori o mua....

Facilitator-He Pī Ka Rere, Bay of Plenty Region Full time 1FTE 40 hours per weekFixed term to June 30 2022 Toi Tangata is looking for a Kaiārahi – He Pī Ka Rere to join our whānau and fill the position of our current Kaiārahi while......

What is iron? Iron is an important mineral that makes up the body of Papatūānuku, just as it makes up our tinana as tangata. When we think about iron we think about how to uphold the mana of tangata and of Papatūānuku. Kai, iron &......

Wikitoria Burdon and Raiha Johnson are creating tomorrow’s leaders at Invercargill’s Waverley Park School with the He Pī Ka Rere programme. Teachers Raiha Johnson (Te Rarawa) and Wikitoria Burdon (Te Rarawa), of Waverley Park School in Invercargill, are fierce advocates for te reo me ona......

Te Hā Oranga has recently launched the Hauora Hub, an exciting new online hauora Māori provider directory that was developed in collaboration with the Waitematā District Health Board (WDHB), Auckland District Health Board (ADHB), Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua, and a range of Māori providers.......

Tamariki in the rohe of Taranaki now have new ways to be active thanks to Sport Taranaki and Tui Ora Whānau Health & Well-being who hosted a He Pī Ka Rere wānanga in July. Whānau and kaimahi from seven kōhanga reo of Taranaki came along......

Our Kaiārahi Training and Nutrition Lead, Haylee Koroi, has recently moved to Hokitika and is getting to know her new surroundings. Read on to hear about her observations and how she has recently picked up the foraging bug!  The kōwhai flowers are blooming bright yellow......

There is no set outcome when designing with and for the community. Read on as our Kaiārahi- Design, innovation, research lead, Crystal Pekepo-Ratu explores the Toi Tangata take on co-design – Toi Manarau.  Co-design is a commonly used design approach which has been gaining popularity......

At Toi Tangata, we understand and walk alongside our hoamahi with our own aspirations to deepening our knowledge and practice of our taonga tuku iho, including te reo Māori. Our kaimahi, Renei Ngawati, shares her reflections on our first ever Kura Reo. To commemorate Mahuru......

Kāti, e mihi ana ki te nui o te ngoi i whakapetohia e te huhua i te amohanga ake o Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori hei tāhūhū kōrero i te wiki kua taha ake nei. Nā koutou i pāorooro ai tō tātou reo ki......

Teachers Raiha Johnson (Te Rarawa) and Wikitoria Burdon (Te Rarawa), of Waverley Park School in Invercargill, are fierce advocates for te reo me ona tikanga Māori. They were first introduced to He Pī Ka Rere in 2018 by Darrio and the team at Toi Tangata......

Ko Hikurangi te maungaKo Waiapu te awaKo Horouta te wakaKo Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata ngā iwiKo Ngāti Horowai te hapūKo Te Horo te marae Ko Patti Grogan ahau  Kia ora My name is Patricia Grogan but I am known by most as Patti. I was......

Ka haumanutia tātou e te Rēhia!Let us be swept away by the spirit of joy in play! We had the privilege of being invited to facilitate He Pī Ka Rere workshops at Te Reo o Te Rēhia | Māori Games and Pastimes kaupapa at Umupuia......

In pre-European times, our ancestors lived their lives in tune with the environment, carefully watching the heavens and the changing seasons to help regulate their lives. In many parts of Aotearoa, the first new moon after the re-appearance in the early morning sky of the......

“Ko te rua o Puanga tēnā. Hēoti ake ngā kupu poroporoaki; Waiho mā te tōmairangi e whakamākūkū.”  “The double of Puanga. Let now those words of farewell suffice, where they may be enriched by the dew of the heavens.” Frost covered the ground at the......

Food and Identity Every early crop-growing culture had its own preferred carbohydrate-rich staple food crop upon which they depended – a food that was adapted to the climate of their homelands and had been carefully cultivated through the generations. You can identify a staple food’s......

“Kia tū rangatira, hei raukura mō te iwi.” It’s fitting to use a passage from Te Aho Matua to introduce our new yet familiar Kaiwhakahaere Matua | Chief Executive, Darrio Penetito-Hemara. The Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Tamaterā and Ngāpuhi descendant is a proud product of Kōhanga......

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......

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā! Kia hiwa rā ki te koupoutanga o te kaiwhakahaere matua hōu o Toi Tangata! E koa ana te ngākau kua kopoutia a Darrio Penetito-Hemara ki tēnei tūranga. Nō mātou te whiwhi i tēnei waihapetanga mai, me te aha, e......

It has now been over a year since Toi Tangata held its annual key event, Hui ā Tau. It seems like only yesterday, Māori health stakeholders were treated to wānanga in Napier, biking to the nearby star campus, taiaha and AKA workshops on the marae......

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......

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,....

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......

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......

Wanakia Heather-Kingi  (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Raukawa)  During my time with Toi Tangata I have learned a lot about how I can apply a whakapapa Māori lens to my research topic through the application of mātauranga Māori. This has been an important start for me......

Enoka Wehi (Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki , Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Te Whakatōhea me Ngāi Tūhoe) I am from a small settlement known as Whāngārā, approximately 35km north of Gisborne on the beautiful East Coast. Whāngārā is my slice of paradise. I finished high school at Ngā......

Ko wai au?Ko Kakepuku te maungaKo Waikato te awaKo Tainui raua ko Takitimu ngā wakaKo Ngāti Maniapoto te iwiKo Ruapuha Uekaha te hapuKo Tokikapu te maraeKo Zayden Hare-Purangi Tane ahau. I tipu ake ahau ki Tauranga Moana, Tauranga tangata, no reira ko Tauranga Moana tōku......

Snacking is a common eating behaviour and offers us extra opportunities to consume healthful and nourishing kai. Yet a recent study from the University of Otago has found that these opportunities are commonly missed. The research found that, on average, 12-year-old children snack on unhealthy......

Water Safety The Toi Tangata team is looking forward to getting out into the moana these holidays. Whether you are free diving, paddle boarding, fishing, swimming in the moana, awa or local pool, Water Safety NZ has some useful tips. Check out their resources here.......

Fizz Free Whānau is back! Join us & go fizz free for the month of February 2021. The challenge is simply to phase out sugary drinks for the month of February. This challenge can be taken up by an individual, sports group, whānau or even......

Two Toi Ako events will run back to back taking the place of our normal Hui ā Tau due to risks associated with Covid. Thursday 18 February 9.30am-5pm will still be held in Kāwhia at the Kāwhia Community Hall with the theme Kāwhia Moana Kāwhia......

In the last three months, He Kai Kei Aku Ringa, our first thousand days food project has been at the other end of a camera lens.  Following on from our co-design consultation earlier in the year, He Kai Kei Aku Ringa has followed and captured......

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......

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 abl...

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 spearhea...

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......

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......