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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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Erina Korohina, Toi Tangata kaiarahi/nutritionist, along with Growing the Puna intern Hannah Rapata recently attended and presented at the Native American Nutrition conference held in Minnesota, America. The conference brought together tribal officials, researchers, practitioners, and others to discuss the current state of indigenous and......

Monday 4 – Wednesday 6 March Matapouri Marae and Tutakaka Oceans Quality Hotel The hui will comprise keynote speakers, pecha kucha presentations, group discussions, interactive workshops, and a panel discussion. While we are just finalising the theme, here are a few of the topics we......

The Food Regulation Standing Committee recently invited submissions from stakeholders on the labelling of sugars on packaged foods and drinks.  View Submission Here...

Te Puni Kōkiri has launched the first Māori language Kī-o-Rahi app, Puni Reo Kī-o-Rahi. “This innovative tool is designed to bring a traditional Māori game that has been handed down over the centuries into our digital lives, making using te reo Māori on the sports......

Nau mai, e hine, ki te ao tūroa. He uri na hine titama. Waiwai ana ngā karu i te tirohanga atu. The Toi Tangata whanau wishes to extend a warm and aroha filled congratulations to our very own Crystal Pekepo and her husband Tautoko Ratu......

During August, Breanna, Jade and Micah, Massey University students in their final year of the Masters of Dietetics, did a three week placement with Toi Tangata for the Growing the Puna programme. During this time they completed research on current and/or indigenous nutrition education initiatives,......

Health and safety should be more than keeping employees safe, it should be about making sure their overall wellbeing is also being taken care of. Moana New Zealand recognised this and developed the Hikoi ki te Ora health and wellbeing kaupapa, which recently won the......

Erina Korohina of Toi Tangata has received this year’s Heart Foundation Māori Cardiovascular Research Fellowship, a fellowship which was founded with the intent to support the development of Māori health research capacity and capability. Alongside her, Dr Anna Rolleston from Tauranga’s Centre for Health has......

Ako Panuku hosts an annual Hui ā Tau and this year the Toi Tangata team was invited to present at the Ako Panuku Hui ā Tau 2018.  Members of the three Ako Panuku communities, Te Pōkai Kākākura, Te Kāhui Kaiako Reo Māori and Te Kāhui......

He Pī Ka Rere, the kaupapa Māori physical activity and nutrition approach which nurtures and develops the whole being of a tamaiti, is gaining traction and proving hugely popular. The programme has been on the road again, with Toi Tangata Kaiārahi, Darrio Penetito-Hemara hosting the......

Toi Tangata hosted the hugely popular Maramataka in the Workplace Wānanga in August at the Unitec marae. Maramataka is the traditional Māori lunar calendar which acts as a guide for reading the various phases of the moon and its influence on the natural environment. The......

The Public Health Association is pleased to invite nominations for this year’s Public Health Champion Awards. Public Health Champion Award The purpose of the PHA’s Public Health Champion Award is to recognise and profile the outstanding contribution by an individual to public health. The criteria......

BREASTFEEDING: Foundation of Life “In a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers.” Celebrate WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK (WBW) 1-7 August 2018! The theme this year is Breastfeeding: Foundation for Life. Breastfeeding helps to prevent......

In this hour long webinar, Dr Ihirangi Heke delivers a brief introduction to systems dynamics and whakapapa crossover. He shares his whakaaro and insights into maramataka and tohungatanga as a means for modelling whakapapa concepts. About Dr Ihirangi Heke Māori health & physical activity consultant......

Community and Voluntary Sector Applications for the Community Internship Programme are now open, Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Peeni Henare announced on 30 July 2018. “The internship programme is a way for kiwis to take a break from their normal mahi and help organisations in......

The FAST campaign has launched for 2018! We KNOW this helps Kiwis survive and recover from stroke, so it is such an important kaupapa to promote. This year, you’ll notice a change in the TV ad and other materials. As well as the familiar Face,......

The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation is investigating labelling approaches for providing information on sugars to consumers. Statement of the problem Dietary Guidelines in relation to sugars in Australia and New Zealand recommend: Australian Dietary Guidelines- Guideline 3: Limit intake of......

Toi Tangata is proud to be working on a project to trial a Māori and Pacific health app. The app takes a holistic view of health and is aimed not only at individuals but also encourages whānau and communities to work together to improve health......

As a team we have been having more discussions on the role of emerging technologies in our mahi.  In most (if not all) sectors, technology is starting to disrupt what we do. Some jobs will no longer be around as they are displaced by new......

This salad takes ten minutes to prepare and is super tasty. If you get others in to help prepare the greens it makes this one of the quickest salads. Ingredients 1 cucumber 2 sprigs of spring onion 3 stalks of celery 1 broccoli 1 tub......

As told by Crystal Pekepo, Kaiārahi, Community Research and Co-Design Specialist While there are many benefits to eating healthy, exercising and drinking plenty of water, looking after our taiao (environment) is very important if we wish to continue to live fulfilling lifestyles. Everything that sustains us is......

5+ A Day has recently launched a new nutrition education resources for year 9 students. It’s the first time resources have been developed specifically for this age group by the 5+ A Day Charitable Trust who partnered with Plant & Food Research and education experts,......

Looking back at the headlines last month you may have spotted our take on Hastings McDonalds becoming the first in the country to introduce bilingual menus, written in both English and Māori. Here at Toi Tangata, we stand behind using Māori culture and language to......

Every year, the Healthy Auckland Together (HAT) coalition looks at whether they are making progress around Auckland’s pressing health issues – the population’s weight, diet and levels of physical activity. They report on whether the neighbourhoods encourage good eating and physical movement every day by......

Britain’s sugar tax on soft drinks came into effect on 6 April 2018, a move that hopes to reduce sugar intake, whilst funding sports programs and nutritious breakfast clubs for children. The tax, announced in March 2016, has already cut sugar content in drinks by......

The Global Scientific Committee invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion held in Rotorua, New Zealand from 7th to 11th April 2019. All abstract submitters, including individual contributors, are encouraged to interact and collaborate with......

One month dedicated to giving back to Papatūānuku – Mother Earth.  Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku aims to raise awareness around the impacts our everyday decisions have on Papatūānuku – Mother Earth. However small, or however big a change, together we can make a difference! Pipiri Ki A......

Congratulations to all the finalists of the 2018 Matariki Awards and a special mention for Toi Tangata board member, Pania Newton, for her nomination for Te Whetū Maiangi Award For Young Achievers Award The annual awards event recognise and celebrate Māori achievement across a range of disciplines. It’s......

Take a glimpse at some of Aotearoa’s social activists of today – modern suffragettes and young women who are prepared to fight for change. A special mention to our very own Pania Newton who graces the cover and has just been nominated as a finalist in this......

Video and images by Kōhanga Reo National Trust He kinakī ngā te Kōhanga Reo hei whakmanawa ake i ngā kaiako o Te Kōhanga Reo mo te rauemi hou, ki te whakakorikori i ngā mokopuna me ngā whānau. The new learning resource “Active Play” has been launched......

Toddlers who play hard, sleep well and that’s a critical element to their healthy development . A new initiative aimed at getting more under-fives to play regularly and have quality sleep was launched today by the Ministry of Health. The free online resources have been......

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......