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Hungry for knowledge? Te Ahi Kōmau brings indigenous kai to the forefront

The inaugural Te Ahi Kōmau- Food, Fire, Festival set South Auckland alight over two-nights with soulful waiata and smokey and juicy indigenous kai bringing traditional Māori and Polynesian culture to the forefront at Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae. The free whānau-friendly festival was attended by over 1000 people which was designed as an opportunity to celebrate South …

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Local Māngere preschool get active through traditional village game

Mataliki Tokelau Akoga Kamata in Māngere East is a Tokelau language preschool whose mission is to ensure Tokelauan language is to be spoken, encouraged, and nurtured for their children. As part of the celebrations for Tokelau Language Week, 25 – 31 October, staff and their kāinga (family) played Ano, a Tokelau traditional game.  Watch Mataliki …

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Culture and community – all part of Tuvalu’s traditional games

Tuvalu Language advocate Kelesoma Saloa and the Niutao Community Trust shared two Tuvalu traditional games with Healthy Families South Auckland as part of the Village Games movement. Te ano (gaming ball) and Fuu Fuu Penu were played by members of the Tuvalu community during this year’s Tuvalu Language Week. The theme for Tuvalu language week …

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Why reenacting traditional games is good for our wellbeing

Mike Tipene, from He Oranga Poutama, loves sharing his knowledge of traditional Māori games in South Auckland and across the Tamaki Makaurau. “Part of my role is working with Māori communities to deliver sporting opportunities and to create new ones,” says Tipene. “We’re also in spaces that aren’t Māori oriented, but they want to experience …

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Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae hosts first ever Te Ahi Kōmau – Food, Fire, Festival

Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae’s first ever Te Ahi Kōmau – Food, Fire, Festival will celebrate South Auckland’s volcanic past, its legacy of rich soils and amazing produce, as part of Auckland’s Elemental AKL festival in October. Te Ahi Kōmau kicks-off Friday 30 October at 5.30pm with delicious hangi, early access to the Marae Market of entrepreneurs and …

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Revitalising traditional Tongan games – Hiko & Heu

Two traditional Tongan games were revitalised recently by the Fe’unukoula Academy of Tongan Arts, Dance and Culture (Fe’unukoula Academy) in celebration of Tongan Language Week, as part of the Village Games movement by Healthy Families South Auckland. Hiko and Heu are two traditional Tongan games that were demonstrated and explained by Milika Pusiaki, Tufutele Finau …

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PM visits an alternative model for food resilience

The Papatoetoe Food Hub, a successful social enterprise business supported by Healthy Families South Auckland, hosted Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on July 17 to share their kaupapa around good food and improving South Auckland’s food system. Joining the Prime Minister were South Auckland MPs Hon Aupito William Sio and Hon Jenny Salesa. The trio were …

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