To see Rangatahi, Whānau, Hapū, Iwi freely utilizing their cultural identity as the foundation for maintaining Oranga Wairua, Oranga Hinengaro and Oranga Tīnana.

Rangatahi will maintain who they are as members of unique whānau, Hapū, Iwi. They will contribute to the well-being of others, be innovators, and global travellers like their navigator ancestors before them.      



Reconnecting with Te Taiao is one of the outcomes from Fruit Trees 4 Marae, a co-designed initiative to learn how to kaitiaki gifted fruit trees.

It all started with the gift of fruit trees from a local benefactor. The trees were shared out between schools, community organisations and local marae across the Hutt Valley.

Te Ara Whānui Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Kōhanga Reo o Te Awa Kairangi received some of the donated trees and reached out to Mervyn Johnson a local horticulturist to help maintain these rākau.

Merv started working with Te Ara Whānui Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Kōhanga Reo o Te Awa Kairangi to establish a small school orchard. Over time, Merv shared his skills and knowledge on more than just fruit trees. With help from the tamariki they built gardens and together used the maara to learn about the role Papatūānuku earth mother has to our wellbeing.

“Our kura was designed to underpin Te Taiao, it is about our connection between our whenua, where we stand, what we put on top of it and what we do with that. Te Taiao is a really important kaupapa for us in that it is about keeping our environment clean, healthy, inviting and exciting,” says Kararaina Luke, Tumuaki of Te Ara Whānui Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Kōhanga Reo o Te Awa Kairangi.

“The results were amazing, abundant fruit and vege for the tamariki to enjoy and many lessons to learn about how we interact with nature”.

Koraunui Marae FruitTrees 4Marae compressed and cropped

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Ngā Taonga Takaro, A kaupapa Māori approach to Physical Activity


Ngā Taonga Tākaro encourages tamariki/rangatahi to participate in hakinakina (physical activity) using a kaupapa Māori approach.

Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) and Healthy Families Whanganui Ruapehu Rangitikei (HFWRR), in collaboration with Te Kura o Kokohuia, supported this kaupapa by coordinating Ngā Taonga Takaro wānanga within Whanganui and Taihape.
These wānanga were facilitated by Rangatahi Tuu Rangatira.  Over 100 participants from throughout Whanganui, Rangitīkei and Ruapehu attended these wānanga and represented different sectors of the community. 
A highlight of Ngā Taonga Takaro is the Awa Sports Day held in March (Annual Kura Event) and hosted this year by Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Atihaunui a Paparangi.  Schools from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tupoho, Te Kura o Kokohuia, Te Wainuiarua, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Rangi were involved and over 250 tamariki from Years 1-8 participated in a variety of Ngā Taonga Takaro kemu.
Te Reo Māori was maintained throughout the day alongside key messages of wai māori (water only), sunsmart and healthy choices.
Since the initial wānanga, there have been a number of different roopu who have shown real leadership and shared their new found skill and knowledge with others.  Pania Millar (WDHB) and Jamie Procter (HFWRR) attended the recent Activity Nutrition Aotearoa (ANA) Conference in Wellington to share examples of this.




Obesity is like a kererū on berries


 July 7, 2017

 Te Miri Rangi




Our tūpuna were scientists. They observed their surroundings and discovered how to take advantage of nature’s laws in order to thrive here in Aotearoa. Our tūpuna learnt how to grow kūmara and store them through the winter, how to build houses, make clothing, create weapons, or treat the sick and wounded. This body of knowledge that was tested and developed over time was passed on through different pūrākau (ancient stories), pakiwaitara (legends), waiata (songs), and a range of other techniques. It was vital to do so to ensure the community had the tools to continue to thrive. Unfortunately, nature’s laws are changing.

 Since the era of our tūpuna our environment has changed so rapidly that we haven’t had the wisdom of time to help guide us. But there are still a few things our tūpuna realised that are still as relevant now as they were back then. In reading a book of Māori proverbs this week I came across this little gem of a proverb;

“He manu kai kākano e mau, tēnā he manu kai rākau e kore e mau”
“Birds feeding on berries will be caught but not those feeding off trees”


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Māori doctor says less carbs, more fats to combat diabetes

 By Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes 


The Ministry of Health considers diabetes to be the "largest and fastest growing health issue we face in New Zealand".

Dr Fraser is a GP and clinical director at Turuki Health Care, a Māori provider in South Auckland's Mangere. 

She is the first person from a Kura Kaupapa Māori education background to graduate from Medical School.  

When it comes to diabetes, Dr Lily Fraser says there's a need to significantly reduce carbohydrate intake.

"Those are the foods that turn into sugar so if you consume those foods they enter your blood and turn into sugar."

In addition, she encourages a diet high in fats and believes Māori knew of its benefits.

"Kererū was one of the fine delicacies of Māori, same with Muttonbird."

Dr Fraser says a high fat diet is creating positive results for her patients.

"They've finished using medicine and insulin, they've dropped weight, they're healthy, happy, exercising and working with their families."

November 14 is World Diabetes Day.

Whakapapa Systems Dynamics - Dr Ihirangi Heke

March, 2017

In April 2015 I was placed on a ministerial advisory panel for developing recommendations for youth obesity. In the same month I attended a symposium entitled “System Science Approaches for Obesity Prevention”. During this symposium, I attended a paper on the application of System Dynamics (SD) to understand and inform obesity prevention. At the end of the presentation and from what I had learnt during my time on the ministerial advisory panel, I felt I was finally able to understand what this ‘systems stuff’ was all about. It occurred to me that they were talking about Whakapapa. Those thoughts began a learning journey that developed into a specifically Māori approach to systems that uses Mātauranga Māori (indigenous knowledge) coupled with ‘whakapapa’, as a connection to Systems Dynamics knowledge.

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