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.        


Rangatahi Tū Rangatira (RTŪR) is a national training provider and the lead provider for the RTŪR rangatahi nutrition and physical activity initiative which is funded and in partnership with the Ministry of Health.

The kaupapa has a strong emphasis on the use of traditional Māori tākaro (games) and other cultural practices as the vehicle to encourage whānau to take up activities that are strongly te ao māori centred for their health and wellbeing.

In 2010 Minister Tariana Turia set aside funding for a project to address the health and wellbeing of Rangatahi Māori. The proposed project needed to be innovative and encourage participation particularly for those at risk of obesity related illness.

Kokiri Marae along with a number of other organisations nationwide took part in a tender process for the project in which were were the successful applicant. Ironically, we chose to look back to our past to address the needs of rangatahi today. Tūpuna Ngā Taonga Tākaro (Treasured ancestral Games) was what we chose as the kaupapa to engage with our people. We continue to promote this approuch to this day.

There are 14 partner organisations spread around the North Island that hold 'RTŪR' contracts. These organisations are well placed to respond to the needs of Rangatahi and whānau within their communities. It is important to note that each of the organisations run independantly and are leaders of quality service provision in their own right. 

Our role has been to support the collective via training, event support, advocacy, bringing people togeather, acknowledging the skill and expertise within the group and utilise that for benefit of the entire roopu (group) as well as promotion and training to other organisations and communities around the country.     

Our approach integrates whānau ora with community and intersectoral action. We operate and deliver in many different circles such as to hauora, communities, government departments, sports trusts, and NGO’s (non governmental organisations) and others around Aotearoa.

It is one of a number of initiatives offered by Kokiri Marae Keriana Olsen Trust. Kokiri Marae is a part of a whānau Ora Collective know as Takiri mai te Ata Whānau Ora Collective This collective is made up of 7 Māori Health & Social Service providers who support whānau in the Wellington region as well as nationally.  

'Collective Impact'

The World Health Organization has identified obesity as a global epidemic.

Numerous strategies and initiatives have been undertaken in an attempt to address the issue. Obesity statistics among rangatahi Māori between the ages of 13 - 18yrs are among the highest in the country.  

Rangatahi Tū Rangatira along with 13 other highly skilled service providers around the country who hold their own regional 'RTŪR' contracts have been working together collectively to improve the wellbeing of Rangatahi, whānau, and the wider community via this initiative approuching 10 yrs now.

The programmes that each of the partner providers deliver are designed specifically for the people they work with, their strengths, and their unique style of delivery.

A key strength of the RTŪR kaupapa, has been our continued commitment to supporting one another and staying togeather as a collective (strength based approuch) togeather we are making a difference!

As a collective of Māori Organisations, we have made gains in the following ways:

  • INCIDENTAL OUTCOMES one of the area’s that we have advocated strongly for has been the importance of linking outcomes such as increased physical output to a kaupapa. Via kaupapa e.g. going to the ngahere to gather rauemi (resources) we also achieve outcomes such as increased physical output (burning calories) This concept encourages long term behavioural change rather than short term gratification ‘culture is key to making changes’
  • We have highlighted the importance of Tikanga and Kawa, as the foundation of all activities. These are a part of the foundation of wellness practices for whānau, hapu, and Iwi. To achieve engagement with those most at risk, cultural connection is vital
  • Obesity rates for Māori have improved over the past 8 years. This initiative and the work that this collective of providers has done, has contributed significantly to the change
  • We collectively encourage whānau to interact within different taiao because they are the best places and spaces to develop health and wellbeing for us
  • BRINGING PEOPLE CLOSER TOGETHER More Māori and non-Māori are playing traditional Māori games today than ever before. We have collectively introduced a kaupapa throughout the country that is positively influencing both the health needs of whānau, and creating a positive connection to the original owners of this land  
  • There is now widespread acceptance of Ngā Taonga Tākaro and other matauranga Māori health approaches and their benefits.  Many people had never heard of, seen, or played Tupuna ngā Taonga Tākaro in their communities. This has changed.
  • The kaupapa has the ability to reach out to everyone, but in particularly young Māori that are not included in other activities.



  • The Rangatahi Tū Rangatira kaupapa is one of 22 initiatives nationally which are either new or an expansion of existing initiatives. These initiatives include targeted intervention for those who are obese, increased support for those at risk of becoming obese, broad approaches to make healthier choices easier for all New Zealanders, the focus is on food, the environment, and being active at each life stage starting during pregnancy and early childhood.
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight and providing education fundamentals of healthy eating
  • Working with Rangatahi Māori and their whānau/communities to increase physical activity and improve nutrition ensuring initiatives are aligned to the Eating and Activity Guidelines for NZ Adults provided evidence-based, population health statements on nutrition and activity, including maintaining a healthy body weight. Although focused on adults, the guidelines provide fundamental advice on healthy eating and regular activity that applies across the life-course


  • We are the only organisations funded by the Ministry of Health, to deliver services and training specifically related to traditional Tūpuna Ngā Taonga Tākaro & and other culturally centred programme approuches.
  • “Whakapūpūtia mai ō mānuka kia kore ai e whati” (cluster together the branches of the manuka so that they will not break) we are a part of a collective of 14 providers across the country that deliver Tūpuna ngā Taonga Tākaro in their rohe (geographical areas)
  • “Ko au ko koe, ko koe ko au” (I am you, and your are me) our approach is ideally suited to encourage participation and we are well placed to work with rangatahi and whānau that are the focus of nutrition and physical activity initiatives Nationwide. Addressing obesity must be addressed by interventions that Māori can relate to.   
  • Innovation - We encourage the use of matauranga Māori e.g. whakapapa, karakia, and tikanga to develop new ideas that utilise a Māori world view. Who we are as unique whānau, Hapu, Iwi is imperative for the future Health and Wellbeing of everyone
  • We encourage whānau to interact within different taiao because they are the best places and spaces to develop health and wellbeing. Encouraging the use of natural resources is both in keeping with our cultural worldview, involves many other incidental gains, learning, and outcomes, and addresses barriers e.g. participation costs.  “Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au” (I am the river, and the river is me)...reflected in the many Iwi whakatauki and whakatauāki such as this one from the people of the Whanganui river are our interwoven connections with the Taiao (environment)
  • Promote the use and adoption of Māori evaluation models and systems within our mahi. The Takarangi Competencies framework is one that we have adopted as a part of our practice

Whakapā Mai

Rangatahi Tū Rangatira
7-9 Barnes Street
Seaview, Lower Hutt

(04) 920 1483
[email protected]

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