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The neighbourhood that wants kids playing outside for long term health and wellbeing

A group of neighbours from Celadon Place in Wiri lead the way in designing and planning their first Community Play Streets for Tāmaki Makaurau or “Play Streets” event over the weekend. A temporary road closure was put in place from 11.30am to 4pm and the street was open for unrestricted play. A brightly hand painted …

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Wiri community ready to roll out “Play Streets”

A new community-led approach to creating more vibrant people friendly neighbourhoods has been given the green light for the South Auckland community of Wiri.  “Play Streets Wiri” empowers residents to design the way their children experience neighbourhood play on their street. The idea is to create a community-led approach that will put the design of …

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Recreation Aotearoa 2020: Driving pacific participation in sport and recreation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQdjLbfcpy8 Motivating Pacific people to be more active in the communities where they live, work and play is a top priority for Healthy Families South Auckland.  Lead Systems Innovator, Fila Fuamatu, was a panel speaker at Recreation Aotearoa Conference 2020, a two-day online conference which explored the impact of Covid-19 on the recreation sector across …

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AUT researchers experience Māori systems approach in South Auckland

(Left – Right) Mason Ngawhika, Professor Grant Schofield, Professor Erica Hinckson (HOD), Robert Hogg, Lisa McKay, Alex Whitecombe. South Auckland is host to nearly 300,000 residents with a relatively large Maori and Polynesian population. The land was once a vast, fertile and prosperous place for Māori. Now it is commonly viewed as one the most …

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A healthier approach to community funding

To promote a healthier lifestyle amongst communities, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board has added the Healthy Environments principles to the first round of their 2019/2020 Quick Response Community Grants. The 17 events and projects which received funding have all met at least one of the four Healthy Environments principles that Healthy Families South Auckland helped implement earlier …

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Have your say: Objecting to an alcohol licence in your community

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPWiO_S8jTA&t=43s Alcohol abuse and harm is one of New Zealand’s biggest problems and contributes to social issues like domestic violence, poverty and homelessness.  According to research by Health Promotion Agency, harmful drinking can also cause serious health problems and is one of the main preventable risk factors for a number of diseases, such as cancer, …

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Māori the foundation of New Zealand’s food story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMFnLEUR1GU?=0   Drive down the main strip in Māngere, South Auckland and the aroma of fried chicken, freshly baked bread and deep fried donuts waft through the air.  This is the reality of living in Māngere, nutrient poor & calorie rich food available for all at irresistibly low prices.  Nestled quietly in the centre of …

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Manu Karangaranga amplifies the sounds of nature

A unique retreat sanctuary Manu Karangaranga (sound shell) is on display in Manukau’s Hayman Park to celebrate Matariki.  Manu Karangaranga was a unique feature of Te Mata o Rehua Market held at the end of June. The result of a ‘Maramataka in Manukau’ co-design initiative between The Roots, Healthy Families South Auckland, Panuku South Placemaking …

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