Stories 2019

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

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, mental …

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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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Community Food Hub serves delicious nourishing kai

Photo / Facebook – @papatoetoefoodhub Recent media reports have highlighted the growing concerns in South Auckland about the high number of people struggling with obesity and the lack of access to healthy food options. But an exciting new initiative, supported by Healthy Families South Auckland, is aiming to tackle this very problem. The Papatoetoe Food …

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