Whanau Ora

Karakia and pohutukawa planting to launch Te Arawa Wai Warriors

Karakia and pohutukawa planting to launch Te Arawa Wai Warriors

Local rangatahi will plant pohutukawa trees along the banks of Te Utuhina stream next week at the launch of the new Te Arawa Wai Warriors kaupapa. The ceremony is being held at Ohinemutu on Wednesday 31 January starting at 4.30pm and will be hosted by...
Inspiring whānau to believe in their dream

Inspiring whānau to believe in their dream

Ahakoa te nui o nga ngaru o te moana, ka pakaru e te ihu o te waka.  No matter how huge the waves of the ocean, they will be overcome and broken by the sharp prow of the waka. Being able to connect with whānau who may need extra support and understanding...
Kapa haka wahine leads smear test challenge #SmearYourMea

Kapa haka wahine leads smear test challenge #SmearYourMea

Te Arawa women are being encouraged to ‘Smear Your Mea’ to raise awareness and encourage wahine to have a smear test. The social media campaign on Facebook was initiated by seasoned kapa haka performer, Talei Morrison of Te Matarae i Ōrehu who was...
Journey retraces ancestors’ footprints

Journey retraces ancestors’ footprints

Learning history, whakapapa and working with others are just some of the benefits rangatahi experience on the Te Arawa Journey. The outdoor pursuits and life skills journey open to all rangatahi aged 10 to 15, is run by Te Waiariki Purea Trust. Held over...
Te Arawa Games dates announced

Te Arawa Games dates announced

Fun, festivities and whānaungatanga – all synonymous with Te Arawa Games is set to return next year. Organisers, Te Papa Takaro o Te Arawa have announced the games will be held on 5 March to 24 March. Last year saw Ngati Rangiwewehi host the event...
Empowering leaders of tomorrow

Empowering leaders of tomorrow

With his unique background and skills, Paearahi Marcus Ridge says that developing empowered leaders of tomorrow is his biggest aspiration for the whānau he supports. The Collective Impact Paearahi is First Nations (Cherokee/Navajo​/Hopi) from the...
Providing a clean slate

Providing a clean slate

Seeing his children drawing on themselves, was one of the triggers that pushed Graham Thomas to get rid of his tattoos. “The first one I got was when I was 16 so from that age to 33 – there’s been a collection of them. I’m ex-Navy, so most...
Te Arawa celebrates

Te Arawa celebrates

It was a celebration of iwi achievement at the annual Te Arawa Awards.  Organised by Te Papa Takaro o Te Arawa, more than 300 people attended the gala event held at Te Puia. The awards showcased Te Arawa talent and acknowledged excellence in sport, cultural...
Helping whānau achieve their moemoea

Helping whānau achieve their moemoea

Lead Paearahi for Te Arawa Whānau Ora says it’s the “small stuff” she gets a buzz from while working with whānau. Hinehou Stoneham (Whakatohea, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungungu) started working with Whānau Ora in 2012 at Wera...
Youth rising up with new website

Youth rising up with new website

  A youth driven website encouraging the community and young people to ‘Rise Up’ has been launched. Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao have been working alongside 2morrows Rangatira to develop their ‘Rise Up’ movement. A digital hub that provides encouragement,...