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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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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-directed outdoor play.  Read the......

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 (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei,......

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 experiences and whakaaro......

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 mātauranga Māori and science. Geoff has......

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......

The Lowitja Institute is a National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research. The Institute provides quality research, and knowledge translation by supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers. Held on the Larrakia nation whenua in Darwin, Toi Tangata CEO, Megan Tunks,......

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......

Launched at the end of June,  Mahitahi Hauora is the primary care entity replacing Te Tai Tokerau and Manaia Health Primary Health Organisations across Northland. The merger is the biggest shake-up of primary health in Northland since PHOs were created in 2001. Symbolising a renewed......

The  possibilities and innovations in the digital space  are opening up new ways in which to engage with our Māori communities. Technology can provide opportunities to connect more whānau with their whakapapa, marae, iwi, iwi histories, tikanga, etc through virtual technologies – thus improving identity,......

The Lifestyle Medicine Conference 2019, held in Auckland in June, brought together the theme of Innovation and Intervention, Environment and Equity with a focus on health equity and the environment, innovative policy and practical intervention. It supported a comprehensive approach to the chronic and lifestyle-related......

We are looking for a project coordinator to join our wonderful team! About the role This newly developed role includes tasks as delegated by the CEO which align with the Board’s updated strategic plan. We are a small team and are looking for a person......

Maramataka Innovation / co-design kaupapa | Healthy Families Waitākere In April, Toi Tangata kaiarahi nutrition,  Sande Mareroa-Gates, attended the Healthy Families Maramataka Innovation/co-design kaupapa at Hāpai Te Hauora Māori Public Health offices in Henderson. The hui, hosted by Vikki Ham, kaiwhakaauaha pūnaha for Healthy Families Waitākere,......

Sugar has recently resurfaced in the media again, with new research denouncing the sugar in sugary drinks as being more dangerous than sugar in foods along with renewed calls for a sugar tax. It is clear, through various studies, that we are consuming way more......

Submissions for feedback on the New Zealand health and disability system are currently open.  This first round of consultation is seeking feedback on how the health and disability system is working currently and to identify critical issues to improve the effectiveness and equity of the......

Summer Wright (Ngāti Maniapoto) Post Grad Nutrition student received a joint venture Toi Tangata and University of Auckland, Growing the Puna internship. Summer’s passion and experience of working alongside whanau living with disabilities was an area in which Toi Tangata was very interested to explore.......

The Toi Tangata team attended the International Union for Health Promotion and Education conference in Rotorua 8th-11th April 2019 With the theme of Waiora: Promoting Planetary Health and Sustainable Development for all, the conference drew crowds from many corners of the world bringing with them......

Aloha mai kākou! In March our Kaiarahi-Training and development specialist, Darrio Penetito-Hemara, attended and presented at He Au Honua, an Indigenous research conference in Hawai’i on the island of Maui. The kaupapa for the conference was I Mana ka Mauli, I Mauli ka Mana –......

With the days getting shorter and the temperatures cooling down, we are now well and truly in the grasp of Ngahuru. Let’s take a quick look back to the times of our tupuna and learn a little about the season of Ngahuru. Traditionally, the word......

Health literacy, digital literacy, digital health literacy, physical activity literacy, nutrition literacy… argh there is so much to think about, no wonder some of our whānau are confused! In designing digital tools and resources for Māori public health, it is important for us to understand......

The Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau 2019 took place on the 4-6 March 2019 in Tutukaka and Ngunguru, Whangarei, and is an annual event that zaSwe host to provide focus and traction for the workforce on the positive kai, wai and kori tinana outcomes for......

High-Value Nutrition (HVN) is investing in excellent, high-impact science to develop high-value foods with validated health benefits to drive economic growth. There are opportunities for Māori growers, food and beverage entities, and others to collaborate with HVN in Tranche 2. Further information can be found......

Leadership, Innovate, Policies, Practice, Shared The LIPPS 4 Kai kaupapa is about the community, public and private sector coming together to build a joined-up approach across the Mid-North where the norm is healthy kai. Their purpose is to create a movement of people by courageous......

An exciting milestone for Whānau Ora Initative ‘Koha Kai’ has been realised, as their dream of opening their own purpose-built kai cart came to fruition. The cart is designed to enable Koha Kai trainees, who live with disabilities to be able to operate and serve......

A fun, free challenge to encourage you and your colleagues to experience first hand joys and benefits of riding a bike. It’s all about participation – which workplaces can get the most people to ride a bike for just 10 minutes or more? Organisations across......

After a three-year consultation process and three years of revisions, Canada’s new 2019 Food Guide has officially been announced. The newly released guide has reduced the conventional four food groups to three — wholegrain foods, fruit and vegetables, and protein foods (incorporating the traditional meat,......

Developing Māori capability and knowledge is the prime focus of Ngā Kanohi Kitea community research grants. The grants provide opportunities for iwi, hapū and other community groups to address community-identified health needs.   Full project grants are available and range from $50,000 to $200,000. It is......

For the last 12 months Toi Tangata has been trialling ‘The Or@ Ol@ mobile app,’ and what an awesome effort from all those who participated in the trial. We want to extend a big mihi to everyone who played a part in it- it is......

The Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau 2019 will take place in Tutukaka and Ngunguru in the rohe of Ngātiwai, from Monday 4 – Wednesday 6 of March 2019.  Located on the east coast of Whangarei, Tai Tokerau, the Hui ā Tau is an annual event......

Ko pukehokio tōku maunga Ko Mangapu tōku awa Ko Tainui tōku waka Ko Ngāti Maniapoto tōku iwi Ko Ngāti Kinohaku tōku hapū Ko Te Waipatoto tōku marae Ko Summer tōku ingoa Kia ora! I’m Summer Wright. I hail from the Waitākeres, but you can find......

He Pī Ka Rere is a kaupapa Māori physical activity and nutrition approach to nurture and develop the whole being of a tamaiti in Early Learning Environments (ELE). Based on traditional techniques used by our tūpuna combined with a need to supply our tamariki with......

Kua tae te wā kirihimete, a, kia kaha tonu tātou te nekeneke, te taakaro, te korikori i ngā hararei. During the holiday break let’s remember to keep moving and have some fun with our whanau. Climb maunga, hikoi in the ngahere or kaukau in your......

Toi Tangata kaimahi, Darrio Penetito-Hemara, was selected to compete in the Tag Football World Cup for the New Zealand Open Mixed team. The whakataetae took place on November 1st- 3rd  in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia with over 32 different countries represented. The team was fortunate......

The Cancer Society Auckland Northland hosted a one-day symposium –  Stop Cancer Before it Starts: Saving lives with effective tobacco, alcohol & obesity policies. This was the keynote event of Cancer Research Week 2018 and focused on three preventable risk factors for cancer: tobacco, alcohol......

“Invest in people and in culture. That way you can have an organisation that can adapt and change for the future”         Chris Buxton, Stats NZ  Over the course of 2018, I had an opportunity to do some research into the impact of Emerging and Disruptive Technology......

Our environment has affected us in many ways in terms of kai. Our interdependent ecosystem is continually challenged by human intervention. We are now far removed from the tools our ancestors left behind in order for us to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The Future of......

Ko Motutere tōku maunga Ko Te Punga Punga tōku awa Ko Whangapoua tōku turangawaewae Ko Ngāti Huarere ki Whangapoua tōku iwi Ko Mangakahia whanau ingoa Ko Hamiora Mangakahia rāua ko Meri Te Tai Mangakahia tōku mātua tipuna Ko Nehe Rapata Wahawaha nō Ngāti Porou ki......

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......

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......