Healthy Community

An interesting look at health engagement frameworks from a Māori perspective may lead to the Atua Matua Māori Health Framework created by Dr Ihirangi Heke. It highlights that at its beginning point the development of relationships (in particular between Iwi and health providers) because the...

Whānau Ora is an inclusive approach to providing services and opportunities to families across New Zealand. It empowers families as a whole, rather than focusing separately on individual family members and their problems. Whānau Ora is not a one size fits all approach. It is deliberately...

Within a sporting and activity context, Sport New Zealand has developed an engagement framework know as ‘Te Whetu Rehua’. Te Whetu Rehua is utilised as an assessment tool to understand whether engagement is through an “as Māori” way of working and to what level “as...

The Wellington Region Fruit & Vege Co-Op (the Co-Op) is a great example of a collaboration between communities across greater Wellington, government and non-government organisations and local businesses. The Co-Op is run as a partnership between Wesley Community Action (WCA), Regional Public Health (RPH) and the...

This is a list of more than fifty different indoor play ideas for cold, wet winters days. These activities encourage movement and prevent sitting and screen time. They are ideal boredom busters for the winter school holidays.         Grow some seeds, they will be ready to...

The food we eat plays an important role in our health and wellbeing. Good nutrition contributes to quality of life, helps maintain healthy body weight, protects against infection, and reduces the risk of chronic conditions and premature death. Chronic conditions—often linked with a poor diet—are...

Anita Taggart works at Regional Public Health, Wellington as a Community Liaison in Porirua. She is a strong advocate and role model for living a healthy lifestyle, which complements her role in the Healthy Communities team at Regional Public Health. Anita has attended the national Waka Ama...