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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Testing the waters at Puhinui Stream

https://youtu.be/SbIyHNabYRc?rel=0   Youth from Te Pu-a-Ngā Maara were invited by Auckland Council and Panuku to be part of the Wiri Kotahitanga community day beside the Puhinui Stream in Wiri. The family event hosted by Panuku, Manurewa Local Board and Healthy Families South Auckland was an opportunity for locals to learn about the future of Manukau […]

Traditional kai arrives at the Papatoetoe Food Hub

Underground Hāngi is a new partner of the Food Hub Colletive. Photo / Facebook The smell and taste of authentic hāngi can now be experienced in the heart of Old Papatoetoe thanks to the Papatoetoe Food Hub. Underground Hāngi is a new partner of the Food Hub Collective, bringing with it traditional and unique hāngi […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Kitchen Project launches in Manukau

Not all gold is sold in jewellery stores. Especially not this kind. It’s brewed in a pot and captures the heart of most at first bite. We’re talking about rukau. The Cook Islands delicacy of taro leaves cooked in a rich coconut cream. Ina Simpson calls it her ‘green gold’. She’s the owner of Rukau […]

Pasifika and Māori weavers collaborate for Matariki

One of seven stars woven by Neke Tekana To celebrate the season of Matariki 12 master weavers told the stories of significant stars phases, the moon and seasons. A group of six Maori and six Pasifika weavers participated in the inaugural Te Mata o Rehua Weaving Symposium, each creating up to 3 x 3 metre […]

Matariki Te Mata o Rehua Market celebration in Manukau

Hundreds enjoyed Te Mata o Rehua Market held at Manukau Civic Square over the weekend. The Matariki celebration was delivered by Healthy Families South Auckland and Panuku Placemaking South. The kaupapa of the market was to provide a health focused Matariki celebration and follows on from the success of last year’s event.  Vendors shared indigenous […]