Community members came together last week for a special planting of kumara. The planting ceremony of about 80 kumara, with different varieties, took place at Ohinemutu. Kai Rotorua, formerly known as the Rotorua Local Food Network, are teaming up with Ka Pai Kai, Healthy Families, Rotorua Lakes Council and Toi Te Ora Public Health to grow kumara for a social enterprise. Steve Chadwick and kaumatua were...

Matariki Whānau Day took place on Sunday 25 June, the finale to four weeks of fantastic events around Tauranga which included live performances, exhibitions, nature walks and celestial navigation in celebration of the Māori New Year. Sport Bay of Plenty were proud to attend Whānau Day, offering resources, information and a number of interactive challenges, including Mauao Wero. Mauao Wero, which means Mount...

The health of whānau and hapū will be celebrated at Te Mānuka Tūtahi Marae in Whakatāne today as Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service launches a one of a kind online Māori health hub to Bay of Plenty whānau, hapū and iwi. Hapū Hauora is a unique health resource hub available at www.hapuhauora.health.nz that has been specifically developed for hapū and whānau to improve Māori health and celebrate...

An initiative for pregnant Waikato women, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, now has a role of more than 200 women. Hapū Wananga was launched last year and mirrors that of a programme in Finland where mothers are provided education on a range of issues as well as starter packs of clothes, sheets, toys and a bed for their baby. The programme has been so successful that it will now be implemented...

A Rotorua marae has officially opened its maara kai (garden) to the community, inviting locals to come and grow their own food. Apumoana Marae co-ordinator Hedi Symon said they had been working on the garden since April. "It was Bernard Hornfleck's idea, he has had a long association with the marae and he got on board to help with the garden." Marae committee member Eraia Kiel said the opening last week was...

Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) staff from across the country assembled at Te Mānuka Tutahi marae in Whakatāne to launch the Marae Emergency Preparedness Planning Toolkit. Emergency Management Bay of Plenty Director Clinton Naude says the toolkit serves to build and strengthen relationships with marae and hapu and provide planning resources for marae preparedness. “Like most of New Zealand, the...

The Public Health Association wants to change the conversation about why Māori have worse health outcomes than other New Zealanders. Māori are more likely to get sick and live shorter lives than other New Zealanders and many of the root causes are blamed on the aftermath of colonisation. The Public Health Association, which is holding a Māori health symposium in Wellington next month, does not want to focus...

A new partnership between Ngati Ranginui iwi and the Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation is set to tackle Maori health issues head on. The Mauri Ora Project, which was signed last Friday, aimed to address health issues identified by hapu and marae groups. Mauri Ora project manager Charlie Rahiri said the partnership would be about recognising health deprivation and how the iwi could take a role in...

Te Hapū O Ngāti Wheke is the heart of the Rāpaki community, and it’s a heart the hapū are committed to keeping healthy. The small settlement of Rāpaki sits on the on the shores of Lyttelton Harbour, and is one of four marae-based communities situated on the Banks Peninsula. Rāpaki Office manager Cushla Dwyer is helping lead the challenge of creating a healthier environment. ‘The health of the...

A Rotorua chef is changing the way he caters on marae in an effort to improve the health of Maori. Jermaine Webby (Ngati Whakaue, Tuhourangi ki Tarawera) has been catering for tangihanga, hui, and private functions at local marae for over 10 years, and says marae need to be setting examples for Maori in what they should be eating. He says this means more fresh fruit and vegetables and less sugary foods and...

A change in policy will see Turangawaewae Marae 100 per cent smoke free on Friday. Smoke free will be introduced on the same day as local iwi and dignitaries gather alongside the Ngaruawahia community to commemorate the historic signing of the Raupatu Settlement. Under the marae's old policy developed 12 years ago, smokers had access to designated areas on the marae. Nga Miro Health heath promoter Wynae Tukere...

Improving the health and wellbeing of hapū was the theme at Toroa Marae in Whakatane recently as Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service (Toi Te Ora) previewed the Hapū Hauora initiative. The Hapū Hauora initiative is being developed by Toi Te Ora, working collaboratively with members from local hapū.  Hapū Hauora aims to help improve the health of whānau and hapū through creating a healthy marae environment. ...

The Waitaha Cultural Committee, which is hosting the event, vetted all of the food stalls during the application process to make sure customers would get a healthy meal. While the main focus is on kapa haka, the festival also celebrates Maori culture and cuisine. Waitaha Cultural Council chairperson Ranui Ngarimu said the council talked about what kind of kai they wanted their manuhiri to eat and a decision was...

Issues with people getting drunk and post-rugby game booze-ups getting out of hand have led a Hicks Bay marae to impose a total alcohol ban within its grounds. Hinemaurea ki Wharekahika marae at Hicks Bay went alcohol-free on Tuesday and marae chairman Moki Raroa said it was a decision that would have health and social benefits for all marae users. “It’s just to get our people thinking you can have...