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Healthy Families South Auckland Recognised for Efforts

Story written on Apr 09, 2019

Healthy Families South Auckland Recognised for Efforts

Systems innovators from Health Families South Auckland were recognised this week for the continued work in advocating for water in schools. During a special assembly, Healthy Families South Auckland Systems...

Students Highlight World Water Day

Story written on Mar 22, 2019

Students Highlight World Water Day

Today marks World Water Day, known as a United Nations observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater. March 22 is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater...

Weather doesn’t dampen community’s enthusiasm for getting moving

Story written on Mar 19, 2019

Weather doesn’t dampen community’s enthusiasm for getting moving

Making healthy choices was the focus of the inaugural Manurewa Fun Run held over the weekend.   Over 300 people took part in either the run, walk or supported from...

Professionals Gather To Highlight Maramataka In The Workplace

Story written on Mar 12, 2019

Professionals Gather To Highlight Maramataka In The Workplace

Professionals from around the South Auckland community came together to discuss maramataka in the workplace. Healthy Families South Auckland hosted Geneva Harrison and Mihi Tibble of Tuhi Stationery who facilitated...

Te Kauae Star Compass Engages Community

Story written on Feb 25, 2019

Te Kauae Star Compass Engages Community

“When I look up at my tipuna, I wonder what they think of something like Te Kauae, and how things would have been different had the questions we are asking...

Pro Water Current Gathers Pace in South Auckland

Story written on Feb 21, 2019

Pro Water Current Gathers Pace in South Auckland

One of Mangere’s most popular summer events, the Portage Crossing, took the bold step of declaring themselves ‘fizz free’ this year as well as ensuring all stall holders took a...

Papatoetoe Food Hub Gives Community Healthier Alternative

Story written on Feb 19, 2019

Papatoetoe Food Hub Gives Community Healthier Alternative

An exciting new initiative in Papatoetoe is making it easier for the community to access and enjoy kai. Papatoetoe Food Hub project at the old Papatoetoe netball courts has the...

Papatoetoe Food Hub Welcomes Community

Story written on Feb 13, 2019

Papatoetoe Food Hub Welcomes Community

The Papatoetoe Food Hub welcomed members of the South Auckland community at the end of last year to dine on delicious food at an affordable price. On 15 December we...

South Auckland to look at having its own Star Compass

Story written on Feb 05, 2019

South Auckland to look at having its own Star Compass

Māori communities in South Auckland will meet this month to discuss the possibility of having a Te Kauae Star Compass structure as a way of engaging Māori and the wider...

Happy New Year Healthy Families South Auckland

Story written on Jan 29, 2019

Happy New Year Healthy Families South Auckland

The team at Healthy Families South Auckland hopes that you had a restful, engaging and fulfilling Christmas and New Year spent with friends and family. We also hope that you...

2018 Year in Review

Story written on Dec 17, 2018

2018 Year in Review

Merry Christmas! The team at Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura would like to wish our community of South Auckland a safe and joyful Christmas and New Year season. This year we...

Maramataka in urban spaces

Story written on Nov 03, 2018

Maramataka in urban spaces

In October the Te Pū a Nga Maara collective facilitated a field trip for South Auckland rangatahi to experience mātauranga Māori and maramataka in urban spaces.  The collective includes Auckland...

Healthy choice the easy choice at Papakura Netball Centre 

Story written on Oct 15, 2018

Healthy choice the easy choice at Papakura Netball Centre 

A ‘health by stealth’ approach to the food system at Papakura Netball Centre has been adopted by the sports venue this year to help make healthy food and beverage choices,...

Strengthen your wellbeing, let nature in

Story written on Sep 27, 2018

Strengthen your wellbeing, let nature in

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura are partnering with Hāpai te Hauora and the Mental Health Foundation to encourage wellbeing, using ancient Māori techniques....

Students take a stand around Wai

Story written on Aug 31, 2018

Students take a stand around Wai

Mangere College is leading the way as a Pro- Water school in South Auckland and the initiative is being led by the students. The high school’s Health Council is taking...

Maramataka: Māori systems return in South Auckland

Story written on Jul 19, 2018

Maramataka: Māori systems return in South Auckland

More than 500 people participated in the Te Mata o Rehua placemaking and food systems initiative in June.  Aligning with Matariki, signifying the first month of the Māori lunar calendar,...

New Carving Symposium and culturally inspired market take centre stage in Manukau for Matariki

Story written on Jun 25, 2018

New Carving Symposium and culturally inspired market take centre stage in Manukau for Matariki

To celebrate the season of Matariki ten local carvers will tell the stories of the stars, creating a unique maramataka (Māori lunar calendar) portable stone compass in Manukau. Led by...

Home for the harvest

Story written on Jun 22, 2018

Home for the harvest

More than 50 families who started their own boxed garden as part of the One Love Māngere initiative six months ago are now into their second season of planting, introducing...

South Auckland influencing inventive change around New Zealand and the world

Story written on Jun 12, 2018

South Auckland influencing inventive change around New Zealand and the world

Sikhs all over New Zealand and around the world are finding creative and cross-cultural ways to re-use the cloth they previously discarded after religious ceremonies thanks to an idea germinated...

Innovation creates more health promoting environments in leisure centres in South Auckland

Story written on May 30, 2018

Innovation creates more health promoting environments in leisure centres in South Auckland

Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura together with Counties Manukau Health’s Living Smokefree Service is driving innovation to create more health promoting environments in places like leisure centres in South Auckland, where...

Partnership with major businesses gives voice to employees to improve workplace wellbeing

Story written on Apr 23, 2018

Partnership with major businesses gives voice to employees to improve workplace wellbeing

Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura in partnership with major New Zealand corporates has released the findings around the health and wellbeing of shift workers in South Auckland. The partnerships or Business...

Do Good Feel Good Leaders take up leadership challenge

Story written on Apr 12, 2018

Do Good Feel Good Leaders take up leadership challenge

Four young leaders from Do Good Feel Good (DGFG) will attend the Aotearoa Youth Declaration Conference in Auckland this month. The UN Youth event is the organisation’s flagship civics education...

International Water Day

Story written on Mar 22, 2018

International Water Day

What does Richie McCaw, a mechanical engineer, the ASB Polyfest and water all have in common? They are all a part of the life of 13-year-old Mangere College student, Ethan...

South Auckland teachers join forces to promote health in 21st century ECE's

Story written on Mar 21, 2018

South Auckland teachers join forces to promote health in 21st century ECE's

Twenty-six Early Childhood Centres (ECE) in Otara and Papatoetoe are a part of a new initiative to mobilise and sustain health promotion within their preschools. At the initial Healthy Families...

South Aucklanders urged to have their say on future of walking and cycleways

Story written on Feb 28, 2018

South Aucklanders urged to have their say on future of walking and cycleways

Healthy Families, Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura is behind a new advocacy group encouraging families and individuals to make public submissions on the future of walking and cycling infrastructures in South Auckland over...

One Love Christmas

Story written on Jan 12, 2018

One Love Christmas

The One Love Christmas activity at Imrie park in December was a way to bring the neighbourhood together and provide families with seedlings for their new gardens. The One Love...

Gardens Galore

Story written on Dec 05, 2017

Gardens Galore

The One Love Gardens initiative saw the installation of 50 garden boxes across four streets in Mangere in November. The initiative is a partnership between One Love, Healthy Families Manukau,...

The Journeys of Manu

Story written on Nov 15, 2017

The Journeys of Manu

Exciting technology is helping bring mātauranga Māori and physical activity together with the launch of a new augmented reality app for Manukau, the first of its kind in Aotearoa. ‘The...

He Kakano

Story written on Oct 31, 2017

He Kakano

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...

Wai - the first choice drink!

Story written on Oct 02, 2017

Wai - the first choice drink!

Young people in South Auckland are leading the charge to increase the accessibility and uptake of wai in places where they learn, live and hang out.  What we eat and...

South Auckland marae transforming conservation

Story written on Aug 22, 2017

South Auckland marae transforming conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is adopting a new approach in their work in South Auckland by collaborating with three local marae in a year-long initiative to support active kaitiakitanga....

South Auckland: How we move!

Story written on Aug 21, 2017

South Auckland: How we move!

The team at Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura have been thinking a lot about movement and why it’s so important to the well-being and health of our local community. Here’s what...

Reducing alcohol harm in Mangere

Story written on Jul 26, 2017

Reducing alcohol harm in Mangere

Hone Fowler and his team at the Mangere East Community Centre are passionate about making a difference in their local community. Born and raised in the area, he studied Community...

On the look out for opportunities to eat well in South Auckland

Story written on Jun 07, 2017

On the look out for opportunities to eat well in South Auckland

The Supreme Sikh Society of New Zealand, based in Takanini, are embarking on a new project to grow fresh produce on excess temple land.  As well as increasing the availability...

Creating ‘loved spaces’ in the quest for a Smokefree Clendon

Story written on May 24, 2017

Creating ‘loved spaces’ in the quest for a Smokefree Clendon

A healthier Aotearoa starts in the places we live, learn, work, and play.  And its exactly these environments where the people of Clendon are looking to influence smokefree behaviours in...

Manurewa High School rethink education to improve hauora Maori

Story written on Apr 21, 2017

Manurewa High School rethink education to improve hauora Maori

An exciting new partnership has been formed between Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura, Manurewa High School and Toi Tangata to create learning environments that meet the needs and aspirations of Māori....

Rinnai staff and community benefit from workplace wellbeing

Story written on Mar 24, 2017

Rinnai staff and community benefit from workplace wellbeing

Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura is supporting leaders in workplace wellbeing to create sustainable change that improves health for their workforce, as well as the wider community. A huge portion of...

Mangere College students explore ways to make water the first choice

Story written on Feb 15, 2017

Mangere College students explore ways to make water the first choice

Water is the best and healthiest drinking option, water is also a taonga we value. Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura is working across our community to position water as the first...

Out and About November

Story written on Nov 30, 2016

Out and About November

We are out and about in the neighbourhood daily, connecting with awesome individuals, community organisations, clubs and businesses in the spaces they Live, Learn, Work and Play. Here’s a snapshot...

Mangere-Otahuhu local board take a stand on sugar

Story written on Nov 30, 2016

Mangere-Otahuhu local board take a stand on sugar

Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura congratulates the Mangere- Otahuhu Local Board for their leadership in adopting the replacement of sugar- sweetened beverages with healthier alternatives in Council facilities and Council-run events....

5 minutes with…Serena Lal

Story written on Nov 24, 2016

5 minutes with…Serena Lal

Background: Coach Serena Lal is of Fijian-Indian descent. Before starting her role with Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura she was working at the University of Auckland, one of her jobs there...

Alliance Community Initiatives Trust and Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura welcome Pacific MPs

Story written on Nov 16, 2016

Alliance Community Initiatives Trust and Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura welcome Pacific MPs

More than 40 parliamentary members across 17 Pacific countries and territories are visiting New Zealand this week for the second Pacific Parliamentary Forum. While in Auckland as part of their...

Partnering for change

Story written on Nov 03, 2016

Partnering for change

Increasing accessibility to affordable fresh fruit and vegetables has become easier thanks to a partnership between Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura and produce collective, FoodTogether. The social enterprise provides fresh and...

Out and About October

Story written on Nov 01, 2016

Out and About October

We are out and about in the neighbourhood daily, connecting with awesome individuals, community organisations, clubs and businesses in the spaces they Live, Learn, Work and Play.   Here’s a...

World Merit and United Nations programme influencing the work of Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura

Story written on Oct 26, 2016

World Merit and United Nations programme influencing the work of Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura

Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura coach Alex Whitcombe has recently returned home from New York where he participated in the Merit 360 flagship programme by World Merit, in partnership with the...

Fresh fruit and vegetable group partners with Auckland Council leisure centres

Story written on Oct 21, 2016

Fresh fruit and vegetable group partners with Auckland Council leisure centres

Four Auckland Council leisure centres in the city’s south are promoting healthy eating by becoming pick-up points for fresh fruit and vegetables purchased online. An agreement between Auckland Council Pools...

Kai CoLAB changing the food environment in Otara

Story written on Oct 19, 2016

Kai CoLAB changing the food environment in Otara

A group of community members and leaders living and working in Otara have joined forces to improve the food environment in their community, with an aim to make healthy choices...

5 minutes with…Leilani Unasa

Story written on Oct 13, 2016

5 minutes with…Leilani Unasa

5 Minutes with...Leilani Unasa Background: Leilani is a Settings Coordination Manager with Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura. The mum of three grew up in Mangere East with a Samoan father, who...

Understanding young people and alcohol

Story written on Oct 05, 2016

Understanding young people and alcohol

A recent study has identified the main peer crowds in New Zealand, helping to better understand social risk behaviors, like alcohol use, and engage with groups that are often missed....

Out and About - September

Story written on Sep 29, 2016

Out and About - September

We are out and about in the neighbourhood daily, connecting with awesome individuals, community organisations, clubs and businesses in the spaces they Live, Learn, Work and Play. Here’s a snapshot...

5 minutes with…Andy Piutau

Story written on Sep 28, 2016

5 minutes with…Andy Piutau

5 Minutes with...Andy Piutau Background: You might recognise Andy Piutau as one of the stars from the #WalkNRideSouthside videos. He is one of the awesome Coaches at Healthy Families Manukau,...

#WalkNRideSouthside wants to amplify South Auckland voices!

Story written on Sep 22, 2016

#WalkNRideSouthside wants to amplify South Auckland voices!

#WalkNRideSouthside wants to amplify South Auckland voices! The new community movement was launched this week and gathers the walking and biking stories of South Aucklanders. Led by Healthy Families Manukau,...

Celebrate Future Streets

Story written on Sep 21, 2016

Celebrate Future Streets

Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura congratulate Auckland Transport and the Te Ara Mua  researchers on the completion of Te Ara Mua - Future Streets in Mangere. The newly built infrastructure, which...

Out and About

Story written on Sep 06, 2016

Out and About

We are out and about in the neighbourhood daily, connecting with awesome individuals, community organisations, clubs and businesses in the spaces they Live, Learn, Work and Play. Here’s a snapshot...

Activating community spaces in Manukau

Story written on Sep 06, 2016

Activating community spaces in Manukau

Energising unused public spaces for community members of all ages and abilities, are what Manu Tahi is all about. The collective includes a passionate mixture of stakeholders and members of...

Five minutes with…Anaru Ah Kew

Story written on Sep 06, 2016

Five minutes with…Anaru Ah Kew

Background: Of Waikato-Tainui and Kai Tahu descent, Anaru is the Kaiwhakahaere for Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura. Born in Auckland and raised in Wellington he attended boarding school at Te Aute...

Creating a culture of health promoting behaviour

Story written on Sep 06, 2016

Creating a culture of health promoting behaviour

Following the decision to remove sugar sweetened drinks from Leisure Centre vending machines, Healthy Families Manukau Manurewa-Papakura is supporting Auckland Council and the local boards of South Auckland to explore...

Who's talking about equity?

Story written on Aug 12, 2016

Who's talking about equity?

Post its, panels and people. That’s the recipe for a pretty decent session talking about equity and what it means for people and their health, or more specifically, what those...

Papakura's commitment to a healthy community

Story written on Aug 08, 2016

Papakura's commitment to a healthy community

Sausage roll filling mixed with apple and vegetable-based dipping sauces are just some of the healthy food that could be on the menu at future local board meetings and events...

Sugary Drinks Dropped from Leisure Centres

Story written on Jul 27, 2016

Sugary Drinks Dropped from Leisure Centres

In a show of leadership in the battle against obesity and type 2 diabetes, Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura partner, Auckland Council announced today it is dropping sugar-sweetened drinks from vending...

South Aucklanders lead systems change

Story written on Jun 15, 2016

South Aucklanders lead systems change

Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura has recruited a team of more than 20 remarkable individuals, mostly from local communities, to take up the challenge of implementing a systems approach in their...

Working together for our tamariki

Story written on Jun 15, 2016

Working together for our tamariki

Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura is a member of a virtual team working across partner organisations on the Early Years Challenge. The challenge aims to demonstrate the value of a strengths...

Data sharing for student wellbeing

Story written on Jun 15, 2016

Data sharing for student wellbeing

The Ministry of Education has agreed to open up pathways for information sharing with Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura in order to improve wellbeing for South Auckland students and their families....

The innovators in workplace wellbeing

Story written on Jun 15, 2016

The innovators in workplace wellbeing

Coming off their success at the recent New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards, Frucor Beverages Limited have set their sights on being innovators in the health and wellbeing space....

South Auckland children make their voices heard

Story written on Jun 15, 2016

South Auckland children make their voices heard

A submission from Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura captured the voice of South Auckland children on the review of the Code for Advertising to Children and the Children’s Code for Advertising...

Action for active communities

Story written on Jun 15, 2016

Action for active communities

Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura is working with Local Boards in South Auckland to look at how greenways can strengthen local communities and improve wellbeing. Greenways are safe routes for people...

Healthy Nature Healthy People

Story written on Jun 15, 2016

Healthy Nature Healthy People

With help from Healthy Families Invercargill, the launch of the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) Healthy Nature Healthy People initiative proved to be a massive success. One of the focus areas...

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