Opinion: From declarations to nutritional equity

UN Climate Change

By Julio Bin, Healthy Families South Auckland Image credit: UN Climate Change This opinion piece examines several declarations and documents that could possibly shift towards transformative change in the food system. These include: ● COP28 Declaration on sustainable agriculture, resilient food systems, and climate action ● COP28 Declaration on climate and health ● Food and […]

Nurturing Collaboration: Healthy Families South Auckland, Healthy Families Waitākere and Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Collaboration can be a powerful catalyst for change, especially when it involves organisations coming together for a common purpose. The partnership between Healthy Families South Auckland (HFSA), Healthy Families Waitakere (HFW) and the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is a testament to the potential of collective efforts in building a healthier, more sustainable future. […]

Netball Manurewa to integrate Te Ao Māori

Netball Manurewa has initiated efforts to explore how the integration of Te Ao Māori knowledge and worldview could be integrated into the sporting and community organisation. In late November, members of Netball Manurewa participated in a ‘design-challenge’ facilitated by the Oranga Whakapapa team from Healthy Families South Auckland (The Cause Collective), including Tracey-Lee Walker (Indigenous […]

Matt Appleyard joins Healthy Families South Auckland

Healthy Families South Auckland’s new manager hasn’t had to travel far to join his new team.Matt Appleyard was welcomed at a mihi whakanui this month as the manager of the team basedat Auckland Council. Matt’s previous role was in Auckland Council’s Community Impact Unit – the same unit thatHealthy Families South Auckland has now joined […]

Mila Masiasomua talks physiotherapy and occupational wellbeing

Mila Masiasomua is a proud Samoan, raised in Ōtara and works at Foodstuffs North Island in Occupational Wellbeing to help staff operate at the optimum level at work. He talks to Tulou about his background in Physiotherapy, and how he uses his cultural knowledge to inform his mahi in occupational wellbeing. Can you tell us […]

Games of the past, better health for the future

For the last three months our Movement and Sports team, in collaboration with Community Leisure Management (CLM), has been taking the Village Games prototype to four primary schools in Ōtara – Bairds Mainfreight, Rongomai, Wymondley, and Flat Bush. The Village Games highlights the importance of Pacific and Māori games and sports and how these traditional […]

Mātauranga Māori and indigenous perspectives with Rereahu

He uri whakatipu nō Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Porou, nō Rereahu. He rangatahi whakarangatira nā ngā whenua ō Manurewa, Takaanini, Papakura anō hoki. Rereahu Collier (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tamaterā) is known for bringing the vibes, the jokes, and his bright smile wherever he goes. Despite only recently joining the Connected Communities team, Collier has swiftly established […]

Nurturing Systems Thinkers: AUT and Healthy Families South Auckland

AUT system thinkers

The partnership between Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and Healthy Families South Auckland (HFSA) has yielded remarkable results yet again. Since its inception in 2016, in collaboration with The Southern Initiative, HFSA has been dedicated to facilitating students to apply their learnings based on real-life projects in South Auckland. This year’s programme was a deep […]

Manurewa locals share their views on alcohol harm

Healthy Families South Auckland (The Cause Collective) have recently held talanoa sessions with Manurewa whānau to hear about their lived experiences with alcohol harm. Parents at Roscommon School and Mangopare (youth programme) in Clendon Park were invited to a talanoa (discussion) session with the HFSA team to talk about the negative effects of alcohol on […]