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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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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......