Stories 2021

ECE centres involved in HFSA Early Years Project co-designing and thriving

Early Childhood Education Centres involved in the Healthy Families South Auckland’s (HFSA) Early Years Project, report better engagement with families since taking part in the capability-building workshops. “Before we were always communicating to our parents, we never communicated with each other. Now we plan events with them rather than deciding on our own and telling …

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Changes to Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act: OK, alright, it’s about d#!%n timeı

For South Auckland where the sheer number of liquor outlets has been deemed ‘out of control’ and the social effect of alcohol abuse is a major issue, the community welcomes the greater powers proposed in Justice Minister, Hon Kiritapu Allan’s recent announcement. In 2017, Healthy Families South Auckland (HFSA) alongside Auckland Council’s Democracy Services and …

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Papatoetoe Food Hub in Australian report on local government

An Australian report looking into the system of local government has done a case study on the Papatoetoe Food Hub, an initiative originally created by Healthy Families South Auckland. The Future of Local Government Review is a report commissioned by the Tasmanian State Government. The review is looking to ensure their system of local government …

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The Village Games: Using indigenous worldviews to compel Pacific and Māori communities to move

Healthy Family South Auckland (HFSA) has released its case study on the Village Games movement. The case study highlights the several barriers Pacific families in South Auckland face when finding compelling reasons to be physically active and the design-thinking solutions utilized to amplify the voices of our Pacific communities in being active. We spoke with …

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Collective calls for system changes to NZ sporting sector

Left to right: Likau Alatini, Pita Alatini, Jerome Mika, Caroline Matamu and Duane Mann, at NZ Parliament building in Wellington in June 2022 A newly formed pacific sports collective is calling for change to New Zealand’s sporting sector to better serve Pacific peoples and South Auckland communities. Vai o Hawaiki is made up of pacific …

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Teaching systems thinking to the next generation of changemakers

From co-ops to intergenerational sharing of knowledge, a group of design students from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) are looking at ways to address the inequities in Tāmaki Makaurau’s current food system. The Southern Initiative (TSI) and Healthy Families South Auckland have been working with AUT’s Design for Sustainability programme for five years and …

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