Auckland council and Māori health reps discuss Te Whai Oranga plans

By Numia Ponika-Rangi

Māori health group He Oranga Poutama and Auckland Council's Māori representatives descended on Tumutumuwhenua to discuss plans for "Te Whai Oranga".

Bernard Te Paa says, "The Council wants to provide a sport and recreation plan, with input from Māori and Māori sporting organisations."

The four meetings in the Auckland District will discuss the vision which is to encourage the health and well-being of Aucklanders.

Mr Te Paa explains, "We're going out into the Auckland communities, first of all, to talk about opportunities and how we can support families in their aspirations to improve their health."

Discussions will also centre on traditional Māori sports and games and how thry can be utilised to encourage Māori towards a healthy lifestyle.

"Traditional stick games and weaponry, Ki-ō-rahi will be discussed, and Manu Aute kiteflying here in Ōrākei, we hope to get more ideas from whānau." says Te Paa.

There will be another Te Whai Oranga meeting this week at Manurewa Marae, and a final meeting next week in Glenfield.