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.