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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....

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