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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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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......

We have looked at the current campaign policies of relevance to our mahi at Toi Tangata and the wider sector we engage with. Key kaupapa for us at the moment include actions that address food insecurity and the achievement of food security and sovereignty; the......

We are delighted to welcome Zirsha Wharemate (Ngati Ranginui), who is joining the team to provide technical nutrition advice to Toi Tangata.  Zirsha will commence this part time support to Toi Tangata from October while remaining in her role as an Oral Health Promoter for......

Ko Taranaki me Hikurangi ōku Maunga Ko Waitara me Rangitāiki ōku Awa Ko Mātaatua tōku Waka Ko Ngāi Tūhoe me Te Āti Awa ōku Iwi Ko Bree McCauley Scott ahau  I tēnei o ngā wā kei taku tau whakamutunga ahau ki Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makau Rau oti......

Healthier Lives has announced they will fund the maintenance of the OL@-OR@ programme (website and smartphone app) for a further 3 years. This is great news and means OL@-OR@ will be available for use by our Māori and Pasifika communities at least until late 2023.......

I te tīmatanga ō Hereturikōkā i whakahaere tētahi wānanga He Pī Ka Rere (HPKR) i te taha o ētahi Kōhanga Reo o te Waiariki. Ko ngā kaimahi, whānau, tamariki hoki o Te Purapura o Ngāti Awa ki Rangitaiki me Kawerau (ngā Kōhanga Reo e waru)......

Kai sustains our tinana and nurtures our wairua.  It enables us to demonstrate  and express our aroha and our manaakitanga. Maintaining a healthy diet from hapūtanga to kaumātuatanga helps us maintain our whakapapa and ngā uri whakaheke. We know the way we access, prepare, and......

Ko te tuhi i te reo Māori anake te whainga o tēnei tuhinga hautaka. He uaua tonu te whainga nei ki au. Whā wiki pea ka noho au i te whakaaro ka pēhea ai tēnei tuhinga, kia whaia te kaupapa o te Mahuru Māori me......

Covid 19 has impacted on whānau wellbeing at many levels. As well as employment and income, a further concern has been food security. The evidence is widely known that whānau Māori have been over-represented amongst those identified as food insecure over the years. However, for......

Hauhake tū, ka tō Matariki The harvest ends when Matariki sets The Matariki constellation has moved under the horizon, signalling the end of harvest as winter sets in. A time to come together, to reflect, to wānanga, to learn and most of all, to be grateful.......

Achieving that small activity that our tamariki ask for us to do with them (or vice versa!) deserves a big congratulations Mātua mā. The times I have tried to teach end up being battles of who is the boss of what job, and who is......

Exercising Hauora: Māori perspectives on maintaining wellbeing through physical activity  Indigenous peoples have long been physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially strong and resilient peoples. In Aotearoa (New Zealand), a deficit narrative of physical health and emotional wellbeing ...

By Te Rua Munro My project for the six-week internship at Toi Tangata was to research and apply the Atua Matua framework in an everyday setting. I based my project around Mahuika, the atua and goddess of fire. My ideas were drawn from the pūrakau......

By Aotea Frandi My role in my internship with Toi Tangata was to help explore the possibility of a tuakana-teina relationship between rangatahi and current health kaimahi. This mahi is aimed at rangatahi taking ownership of their knowledge, harnessing their digital skills, and empowering them......

MEGAN TUNKS: Rerekē But Necessary Rerekē is a word that comes to mind to describe the situation that we all find ourselves in. Social distancing and isolation, not something that goes hand in hand with our collective whānau values and principles. Heoi anō, for the......

What is the future of our kai in this fourth industrial digi era?  Will we be printing our evening dinner from 3D printed food? Fancy a digitally prepared hangi? Will the salad greens in our local supermarket by grown in a high tech warehouse where......

Tēnā koutou katoa ngā kaiwhakaora e te iwi Māori!  Ko Renei Ngawati tōku ingoa. He uri no Ngāti Hine me Ngāti Porou. Just popping in to mihi to everyone as a new team member to Toi Tangata. Exciting! I’m super stoked to be part of......

We are on the look out for one or two tertiary students for a six week paid internship. The internship would start 8 January 2020 and finish at the end of February at our Hui ā Tau. Preference is for the intern/s to be based......

What Is the Relationship between the Neighbourhood Built Environment and Time Spent in Outdoor Play? This recently released systematic review examined the relationship between attributes of the neighbourhood built environment and the time children and adolescents (0–18 years) spend in self-directe...

Ko Whakatangata te MaungaKo Rotokakahi te awaKo Ngapuhi te iwiKo Uri o Tai te hapuKo Te Tuhono te maraeNo Pawarenga ahauKo Tyla Goodsell-Matthews toku ingoa Kia ora, my name is Tyla and I have just completed my final year of my Bachelor of Science, majoring......

ANA has recently released an engagement tool kit; a collection of practical tools designed as a starting point for those beginning a journey of engagement and collaboration. The tool kit provides evidence, structure, guidance, ideas and further reading that may enhance your ability to find......

Hosted by Royal Society Te Apārangi, the achievements and contributions of innovators, kairangahau Māori, researchers and scholars were recognised at this year’s Research Honours Aotearoa at the Dunedin Town Hall in Ōtepoti, Dunedin on Rapare 17 Whiringa-ā-nuku. Dr Lisa Te Morenga (Ngāpuh...

Māori systems return is a term used by Healthy Families New Zealand to explain the return of Māori models of practice into contemporary contexts and how they are being integrated with existing systems.  The Healthy Families Rotorua team shared their insights into what allows this......

A food industry taskforce report addressing factors contributing to obesity has just been released amidst concerns that the industry-led plan is not a proportionate response to the massive scale of the obesity epidemic with health groups appalled at the Government’s response to a problem that......

Tēnā koutou katoa ngā kaiwhakaora e te iwi Māori! Ko Renei Ngawati tōku ingoa. He uri no Ngāti Hine me Ngāti Porou. Just popping in to mihi to everyone as a new team member to Toi Tangata. Exciting! I’m super stoked to be part of the......

Here at Toi Tangata we love hearing about the positive kaupapa that hāpori, Iwi, hapū and whānau are implementing. We commend Tūnohopū Marae, in Rotorua, for stepping up and adopting a fizzy drink and plastic bottle ban on their marae.  Theleadership of Tūnohopū Marae of......

During October, Toi Tangata and Te Pūtahi-a-Toi, Massey University, hosted a one day Toi Ako wānanga. This event investigated the enablers, celebrations, barriers and solutions to Māori participating in sport and physical activity.  A wonderful range of speakers attended and gave their experienc...

Our Kaiārahi | Nutrition, Sande Mareroa-Gates, spent some time with her green thumbed dad talking about māra kai from yesteryears and now. Read on to hear what he had to say.  I wish I could have painted the wonderful expression on my 84 year old......

Geoff Kira (Ngāpuhi) is a Senior Lecturer and public health scientist in the School of Health Science, Massey University. He has a background in exercise physiology and biochemistry and facilitates local solutions to achieve health equity (social justice) by intervening at the interface of māta...

As reported by Waatea News. A Rotorua marae has banned fizzy drinks and plastic bottles. Māori health promotion roopu Toi Tangata says Tunohopu Marae at Ōhinemutu is setting a great example and other marae should take up the challenge. Chief executive Megan Tunks says the......

As reported by Rotorua Daily Post. National Māori public health agency Toi Tangata is congratulating Rotorua’s Tūnohopū Marae for adopting a fizzy drink and plastic bottle ban, and is challenging other marae to follow suit. “Embracing this kaupapa is an awesome step in supporting the....

As reported by Waatea News. Kaupapa Māori health promotion agency Toi Tangata is angry a UK-based company has used some of its imagery to give a Māori flavour to a vape kit. Chief executive Megan Tunks says while vape developer Acapella Harrison may have Māori......

The Toi Tangata logo was designed by artist Tuteri Rangihaeata in 2013 when Toi Tangata was established as the trading arm of Te Hotu Manawa Māori. It draws on elements of both traditional Māori design, such as carving, and modern Māori visual and graphic design. There are......

Toi Tangata has been looking to redesign the imagery associated with our Kai Māori Kai Ora kaupapa.  He oko te āhua o te tohu. Ka mutu he hoahoa kei te oko nei e whakaata ana i tētahi kanohi. Ko te kanohi nei e whakaata mai......

Toi Tangata, in collaboration with The Centre for Health, presented a Kai and Korero kaimahi and whānau workshop at Te Hiku Hauora July 3, 2019.  Part one of a two part workshop included combining the initial workforce development and research workshop to support both kaimahi......

Toi Tangata was a huge part of the Ol@ Or@ kaupapa and we want to share the results of the trial process. If you are not familiar with Ol@ Or@ we encourage you to read on and register to be a part of this kaupapa. ......

I tērā tau i timata a Toi Tangata te mahi tahi me nga roopu no National Hauora Coalition, Ko Awatea, Mana Kidz, Counties Manukau Health me Turuki Healthcare. Ko te kaupapa ko te hanga i etahi rauemi tautoko i te ao kai mo te Māori......

What is iron and why do we need it?  Rino (iron) produces a molecule called haemoglobin which carries hāora (oxygen) around our tinana. It is also important for our immune function and hauora.  There are two types of rino; haeme and non-haeme. Every day you......