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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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Part time contractor role*Te Hotu Manawa Māori Trust trading as Toi Tangata, is on the hunt for a Kaiārahi Matihiko. The Kaiārahi Matihiko / Digital Advisor is responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of Toi Tangata digitalisation goals. The position is charged with leading......

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.......

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 has been associated with Māori in spite of......

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......

Ever wanted to connect at conferences but you didn’t get the opportunity to approach people or you didn’t know how to go about it? That’s where Toi Tere comes in! Toi Tere is the Toi Tangata take on speed networking that’s highly efficient and gives......

We have a limited number of scholarships available for the conference registration fee. 4 rangatahi scholarships and 3 kaimahi scholarships, sponsored by the Health Promotion Agency. Criteria:1. Actively working or studying kai, wai, kori tinana in this kaupapa/space2. Unwaged, charitable trust, student Successful applicants will be expected......

Ko Kahurānaki, ko Moumoukai, ko Tarawera me Tūwatawata ngā Maunga WhakahīKo Ngaruroro, ko Nūhaka, ko Te Puarenga me Whirinaki ngā Awa KoioraKo Houngarea, ko Manutai, ko Te Paakira me Murumurunga ngā MaraeKo Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga, Ngāti Rākaipaaka, Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao me Ngāti Whare ngā......

Pania Newton ( Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa, Waikato, Ngati Mahuta) holds a Conjoint Degree in Law and Health Sciences and is currently working towards completing her Bachelors Degree in Tikanga Maori and Social Sciences for Public Health. Pania also holds a number of qualifications from Te......

Matua Rereata Makiha (Ngāti Whakaheke, Te Aupōuri, Te Arawa) was born and raised in the Hokianga, where he attended Northland College. He studied Social Sciences at Victoria University Wellington and Māori Business at the University of Auckland, where he was awarded the Dean’s Prize. Rereata......

Over the past ten years Zack has progressed from running small whānau wānanga to developing rangatahi wānanga involving 200 plus people. This has resulted in the establishment of Te Taitimu Trust. The Trust is now a nationwide leader in rangatahi leadership and development, and multi-sectoral collaboration.......

Te Whai Oranga – well being pathways Kerrie has worked within the health, fitness and physical activity area for over 30 years. Primarily enabling whānau to achieve oranga outcomes.Kerrie has a background in body-building, swimming, running, multi-sport and waka ama.Her and her husband, Johnnie, both......

Johnnie ( Te Waiohua, Waikato, Ngai Tuhoe) brings together more than 25 years of experience in guiding and navigating a range of Māori community and public sector organisations in achieving better outcomes with Māori. He also brings 23 years experience in coaching a range of......

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......

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......

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......

Growing the Puna is part of our workforce development mahi and provides the opportunity to connect tauira who have a passion to work in Māori health, with the mahi that is happening within the Māori public health, nutrition and physical activity. Regardless of which tertiary......

When Rereata Makiha was growing up there were no cellphones, iPads or computers. In fact, there was no power. So without the internet or any technology how did people understand the world they lived in? “Our grandparents,” Makiha says. He was speaking to a group......

A new app targeted at assisting Māori and Pasifika with their health is being trialled. Groups Toi Tangata, the Fono Health & Social Services, South Waikato Pacific Islands Community Services and three universities have contributed to the development of the app, Ol@-Or@ Its aim is......

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,......

This webinar is an opportunity to learn, workshop, and apply effective forms of communication with guest presenter Layla Lyndon-Tonga. Layla will cover Mail Chimp and how it can be used to connect and communicate with stakeholders. The design features of Mail Chimp that enhance the......

This salad dressing is so easy to make. Throw everything into one dessert bowl for mixing. You can make ahead and store in the fridge for up to three days. Ingredients 2 heaped tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter 2 heaped tablespoons of  mayonnaise 1 teaspoons......

Ko Motu-Pōhue toku mauka Ko Te Ara a Kiwa toku tai Ko Uruao, Takitimu, Tairea oku waka Ko Awarua toku rohe Ko Kai Tahu toku iwi Ko Kai Atawhiua toku hapū Ko Te Rau Aroha toku marae Ko Tahupotiki toku whare Kia ora, my name......

OL@-OR@ is a healthy lifestyle mHealth programme co-designed with Māori and Pasifika communities.  We are now at the trial phase and will be testing the app throughout select communities....

Our latest Atua Matua wānanga was a one-day event held at He Waka Tapu in Otautahi (Christchurch). Whānau were introduced to the Atua Matua Framework and the application of metaphoric knowledge to physical exercise. For more information, check out Atua Matua on YouTube....

Christmas is nearly upon us and with it, the heat of Tamanuitera. Here are some handy tips to save on wai this summer: Wai Māori, Ngāi Māori....

In March 2018 the Toi Tangata HQ will relocate to the new Northwest, Westgate development.  It is a growing and exciting hub of shops, restaurants, businesses, parks and community centres.   Exciting times for our Toi Tangata whanau....

Toi Tangata welcomes new board members, Pania Newton (Ngapuhi, Waikato, Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Maniapoto) and Lewin Husband (Ngati Maru, Tainui) onto the Toi Tangata Board.  We would like to acknowledge the work of Shane Ngatai (former Toi Tangata Chairperson) and Dene Ainsworth who are both......

The Fizz Free Whānau Challenge will again be kicking off on January 1st. In it’s second year, FFW is simply a challenge to ditch sugary drinks for the month- to improve your own hauora, but also to contribute to a wider community of challenge takers......

In November, Toi Tangata Kaiārahi, Darrio Penetito-Hemara, held a He Pī Ka Rere introduction wānanga in Whanganui for the interested early learning environments. The wānanga was an opportunity to showcase how the He Pī Ka Rere approach can be implemented in an early learning environment.......

Our Toi Tangata team was very privileged to be invited to the 35th anniversary celebration of the Te Kōhanga Reo movement late last month. The expo, held at Claudelands arena in Hamilton, was a hit with over 12,000 attending over the four days. The expo......

Toi Tangata and Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust recently reconfirmed their relationship with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations.   Both organisations share a mutual compelling goal of positively influencing kōhanga reo whānau to be active change agents and support......

In a response to the Rotorua Community’s desire to learn more about Maramataka, Healthy Families Rotorua presented a Maramataka Wānanga in August. Following this initial wānanga the Maramataka Advisory group was formed, made up of Maramataka enthusiasts and knowledgeable individuals to help guide the return......

Workforce development used to be considered the ‘poor cousin of education.’ It was thought of as something an employee would provide training in/for to produce more and better-prepared workers. Thought leaders have since pushed for a more expansive view and this is impacting on the......

The Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF), which ran from 27-29 September, was an international event for social enterprises from all over the world to come together, share wisdom, build networks and discuss how to create a more sustainable future. This year, the event was held......

The Certificate in Public Health is designed for students who aspire to careers in public health. It is particularly relevant to public health workers and those in primary care and community health roles who have yet to achieve university level qualifications in this field. If you......

He Kakano – Live to Learn is a co-design framework to create learning environments that meet the needs and aspirations of Māori. It seeks to create a blueprint for change for a national education system that improves hauora Māori. He Kakano is also facilitating the......

Kids’ Cam researchers are calling for urgent government action to clean up the junk food advertisements surrounding children to help reduce obesity after findings reveal that New Zealand children are exposed to around 27 unhealthy food advertisements per day. The innovative camera study, conducted by......

The Heart Foundation has recently released Healthy Celebrations, a new resource which aims to provide healthy alternatives for celebrating special occasions. The  resource  suggests practical ways to recognise and celebrate occasions such as birthdays and special holidays, with the child as the focus instead of......

Healthy Auckland Together (HAT) has laid a formal complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) about Frucor’s Pepsi Max All Blacks Emoji campaign. Read their media release below. Pepsi Max campaign appealing to children, but avoids censure under new advertising code The Advertising Standards Authority’s......

Tuesday 21st November 2017 10am-2pm Springvale Stadium London Street Whanganui Based on traditional techniques used by our tūpuna, He Pī Ka Rere is a kori and kai (movement and nutrition) approach to nurturing the development of under 5’s within their early learning environments. For enquiries,......

Disc golf, like regular golf but… different. Though the sport was formalised in the 1970s, you’d be forgiven for never having heard of disc golf before and though it’s hard to know the level of interest, the sport continues to grow in popularity. Disc golf......

Effectiveness of recruitment to a smartphone-delivered nutrition intervention in New Zealand: analysis of a randomised controlled trial Recently published in the BMJ Open in collaboration with Ekaterina Volkova, Jo Michie,  Gerhard Sundborn, Helen Eyles, Yannan Jiang, and Cliona Ni Mhurchu, this article relates to one......

The Ministry of Health is a holding a series of events throughout New Zealand to understand the journey our health system has taken since the launch of the New Zealand Health Strategy a year ago.  At these events, participants will work together to understand how......

The Health Promotion Agency (HPA) Nutrition and Physical Activity (NPA) programme is offering Community Partnership grants up to $5,000 to support community projects that provide opportunities for children under age five (5) to engage in active play. Community Partnerships are about enabling communities to develop......

Habitat Heroes is a kaupapa that encourages communities to support and protect our natural environments. By being active kaitiaki we can all connect to the biodiversity, spirituality, history, culture and overall health and wellbeing effects that a healthy environment brings. The Department of Conservation’s ‘Habitat Heroes’......

Each year in New Zealand about 9,000 people have a stroke– that’s around one Kiwi each hour! Delayed recognition of a stroke can have tragic consequences, including further damage to the brain or death. The aim of the FAST campaign is to raise awareness that......

Kai Māori, Kai ora is the central Toi Tangata nutritional strategy that aims to support the numerous components required for whānau to reach their potential. Kai Māori, Kai ora recognises that there are many different elements to well-being and acknowledges the reciprocal relationship between Te......

“The absence of an illness isn’t the same as wellbeing and recovering from an illness doesn’t mean that wellbeing has arrived; it means that you have recovered from an illness. If you run a marathon, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are well, it means you......

‘Whakapūpūtia mai o mānuka kia kore ai e whati’ Cluster together the branches of the manuka tree, together they are strong and are not easily broken. Miharo pai ana i nga korero i puta i te hui i nga wiki kua pahure! Rangatahi Tū Rangatira......

The team at Toi Tangata recently held our one day Symposium “Working the Kūmara Vine” at Te Māhurehure Marae (Pt Chevalier, Tāmaki Makaurau). Around ninety participants across a range of sectors attended the symposium. Of the participants, around half were first time attendees of a......

When I first met Hariata the first thing that struck me (and if you’ve ever seen Hariata you’ll know what I’m about to say) was her hair. Big hair, big personality. I then learned quickly that if you’re around Hariata, be prepared for moments of......

Ora began here at Toi Tangata in 2015 as the whānau navigator for the Bariatric Service project, He Awatea Hou. In this role, she excelled, making her various clients feel comfortable during an often difficult time of their lives. Ora is an empathetic soul with......

With an increasing focus on data driven decisions, various governmental arms are increasing the pressure to get health providers and community organisations to focus on the numbers. The idea of ‘outcomes’ is a big part of the government mantra to get ‘more with less’ and......

At the base of Taumarumaru Pā, one of the three pā sites situated within Taumarumaru Reserve, stands a Pohutukawa tree that became our first “classroom” for the day with Wiremu Sarich.  Wiremu is a Youth Educator at Te Oranga – Te Runanga of Te Raukawa......

Here at Toi Tangata, we love to encourage movement and activity. Whether you like playing with your kids, connecting with the taiao or are a high performing athlete; we want you to huff and puff! The guidelines we’ve listed below are for a minimum of......

It can be pretty tough staying active and making healthy eating choices during the summer holiday season with all that yummy kai around, but there are some great ways to keep you healthy over this period. We’ve come up with some tips to support you......

Toi Tangata has just released a revised edition of its popular health resource, Toi te Kupu. First published in 2014 as a collaborative effort between the NZ Heart Foundation and Toi Tangata, Toi te Kupu was developed to help normalise te reo Māori in and......

E te manukura, e te amokura, nau mai, haere mai. I tūwhera ai ngā kūaha katoa kia tomo mai koe. Mauria mai o taonga, mauria mai o whēakonga, mauria mai o whakaaro rangatira. Nau mai, tauti mai ki te whānau o Toi Tangata. We are......

For the fourth consecutive year, Toi Tangata put out the call for tauira Māori to apply for the Toi Tangata Summer Student Internships for 2016-2017. This year we offered three opportunities; two internships in partnership with tertiary providers University of Otago-Te Koronga and Te Wānanga......

Māori co-design enthusiasts from across the motu gathered at Te Noho Kotahitanga Marae last Thursday to wānanga around the application of co-design to drive mātauranga Māori approaches within kaupapa Māori environments. The inaugural Tikanga Māori Co-Design Wananga was a collaborative event between Toi Tangata and......

As the whānau navigator support worker for He Awatea Hou, Ora Hohaia has recently had the privilege of meeting and working with Kaye Edwards (Ngā Puhi) and her whānau. She reflects on their collective journey and the impact the health literacy programme has had on......

Mauri ora ki a koutou mai nga whānau o Toi Tangata. Ko tenei ta matou wa tuatahi, he watea ta matou hoa, ta matou rangatira, a Leonie Matoe. Tenei te mihi mahana ki a ia mo tona mahi he hapai te kaupapa oranga i roto......

Heretaunga Haukū nui Heretaunga Ararau Heretaunga Haaro o Te Kaahu Heretaunga Takotoa noa Heretaunga of life giving dew Heretaunga of Arcadian pathways Heretaunga, beauty of which can only be seen by the hawk Heretaunga that has been left to us the humble servants A few......

He Pī Ka Rere is a kaupapa Māori physical activity and nutrition approach that nurtures and develops the whole being of a tamaiti in Kaupapa Māori Early Learning Environments (KMELE). This approach is based on traditional techniques used by our tūpuna and born from the......

You may have noticed lately that the morning light has been radiating through the bedroom blinds at about six in the morning. And though the tail of winter sometimes gives us a friendly reminder that Hine-Takurua has not yet relinquished her grasp, the inevitability of......

Upon arrival we were embraced by the warmth of the tropical island; a stark contrast to our Aotearoa winter. Although the warmer weather was eagerly anticipated during the training build up, it was also a daunting adjustment to acclimatise within two days before the competition......

This is a question that I am often confronted with. Breakfast is often touted as being the most important meal of the day and many experts in the area of nutrition react in a way that the sky may indeed cave in if one should......

No doubt you have all heard about the Pokémon craze going around the world at the moment.  It is an interesting exploration of what an increasingly digital universe can look like and how practical skills could easily fall away leaving children to chase imaginary animals......

Health was extremely important to te iwi Māori and indeed the whole Pacific. Where is the proof? It is ingrained in our tikanga and language. When we greet one another we say “kia ora”. Most people think this word means hello, but its connotations are......

Earlier this year Toi Tangata launched a new initiative, He Awatea Hou, a programme which draws on the strength of the whole family to support the journey of bariatric clients. This project is funded by the Ministry of Health, with Quigley and Watts leading the......

Team Bros Multi-Sport Group is a gathering of like-minded people who are on a mission to be fit for purpose, better than their best and who support each other along the journey. We took time to look back over the last 12 months of the 2015-2016 triathlon season and reflect......

Right now, health equity is a hot topic in health. The term itself demands attention and makes the speaker sound clever, but what is it and how do you do it? Unfortunately, health equity is not something you can download and receive step-by-step prompts to......

Heretaunga Haukū Nui Heretaunga Ararau Heretaunga Haaro o te Kaahu Heretaunga Takoto noa Nau mai, hoki mai Crystal Pekepo. Toi Tangata is collaborating with a team of researchers from Auckland, Otago and Massey Universities as part of the Healthier Lives Science Challenge, working alongside Ngāti Whātua and Te Whanganui ā Tara......

Every year during the Heiva Tu’aro Ma’ohi Festival, around 80 French Polynesian islands converge at Papeete to compete, dance and paddle in a variety of activities. Amongst these festivities is Tu’aro Ma’ohi, the Tahitian Islands’ equivalent of Tākaro Māori. The formal competition of Tu’aro Ma’ohi has......

If Matariki is the star associated with reflection, our connection to the environment and the gathering of people, then we have been fortunate to have had many positive experiences gathering leaders in our sector to connect with the environment through our Atua-Matua wānanga led by......

Earlier this month and back for a second year, Toi Tangata held a wānanga at Waihi Community Marae and participated in the multisport event The Nugget. With a curious name like ‘The Nugget’, it is easy to be confused about what it may be. Starting......

It is with a sad and heavy heart that we farewell one of our kaimahi as she leaves the familiar comfort of home in search of wondrous adventures abroad. Jessica, of Ngāti Pare and Ngāti Raukawa descent and mokopuna of the great All Black Sir......

Following a change of guard in 2015 the governance team of Te Hotu Manawa Māori Trust (THMM) and Toi Tangata has affirmed the organisation’s strategic direction in order to sustain ongoing impact. “It’s a unique situation with so many board members joining the mix all at once,......

The Toi Tangata Innovation Award is tailored to those who have pushed knowledge limits and inspired new ways of knowing. It embodies the idea that innovation is a key competency needed for a better future. This award includes new knowledge creation, the conversion of thought leadership......

It’s always exciting when two awesome kaupapa join forces and it’s been no different with the collaboration between Toi Tangata and Cinco Cine. Over the past few months Toi Tangata has been working with and supporting the Cinco Cine roopu Pūkana around kaupapa Māori focused physical activity and nutrition. This support......

Wai Ariki: Our water, Your Future is a contribution towards building content and understanding around wai Māori. Wai Ariki has been developed to provide communities throughout Aotearoa with sound data, information and knowledge to make sure we sustain the health of our land, waterways and......

Ko te wahine he whare tangata, he waka tangata. Within the female is the nurturing home of humankind and the channel from the spiritual to the physical (Herangi-Panapa, 1998) Whare tangata is the house of humanity and is seen as the womb of the earth.......

The importance of iron for us links back to Papatūānuku and Tānemahuta and their search for the uha tangata or the female element. Papatūānuku has a unique composition of rock, granite, dirt, mud, stone, sand and metals that make up her body. Lava, water and......

The annual Te Arawa Games were recently held in March and saw generations of whanau compete over three days for the overall winner’s title. Close to 1,500 people went head to head in a range of sporting events and activities as they represented their hapu......

Kua eke tetahi o te tima o Toi Tangata ki te Taumata I te whakataetae kukume ripene! Toi Tangata kaimahi, Darrio Penetito-Hemara competed in the Trans-Tasman Tag Test series for the New Zealand Open Mixed team earlier this month. In comparison to Australia, whose teams......