We knew that we had the right skills and saw how much joy whānau got out of growing their own maara kai, so we took that passion and turned it into something that would help families empower themselves", explains John Willemsen.
The Trustees, who include qualified health and fitness professionals as well as experienced chefs, committed themselves to helping whānau who are struggling financially to ensure that they can participate and keep their tamariki well fed, active and warm.
"We found that while we could support families to grow their own food, not all were confident to cook meals using the fruit and veges they had in their gardens, so we began holding cooking classes to help whānau learn to cook delicious and healthy meals right from their gardens."
Fitness is also an important component to the programmes that the Trust offers and reflects an holistic approach to supporting families.
"We have received support from Bunnings and The Warehouse as well as Gold's Gym who are assisting training our volunteers. Receiving the support of Te Arawa Whānau Ora has been a blessing and has meant that we can continue to support whānau to find their own solutions.
Why Te Arawa Whānau Ora Works
Te Arawa Whānau Ora has been successful because it ensures whānau are able to determine their own goals and are given positive support to achieve them. Te Arawa Whānau Ora will work with groups, whānau and individuals to support them to become successful.
Te Arawa Whānau Ora works because it put them in the driver's seat, they defined their own goals and made their own decisions. As a result, they will be warmer, healthier and less stressed while facing future challenges with greater strength and resilience.
Te Arawa Whānau Ora has helped over 1500 individual whānau members over the last year. If you would like to know more please contact us.