He Oranga Poutama

He Oranga Poutama is a Sport NZ initiative that encourages more māori to become active by through teaching traditional māori games, kia o rahi and supporting community lead physical activity for māori.

Contact Person

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Larnee Wallace

Phone: 021 0244 7965


He Oranga Poutama

He Oranga Poutama is a programme funded by Sport NZ and is held in different regional sports trusts and Iwi around the country. The overall aim of this programme is to get more Māori active and participating within their communities by doing things Māori. The framework used to measure this is Te Whetu Rehūa.

Sport Taranaki’s Kaiwhakahaere delivers this programme and has different approaches to meeting this goal of getting more Māori participating and active within their communities. It is the role of the Kaiwhakahaere to build relationships with schools, clubs, community groups and iwi, so that the needs of these different communities can be defined and worked towards.

Sport Taranaki’s Kaiwhakahaere has the knowledge and skills to deliver, teach and upskill leaders, teachers and students in Tāonga Tākoro (Traditional Māori games).  These Keemu  (games) are for all ages above 5 years+ and can involve different equipment from rakau and poi to using no equipment at all. The more popular keemu are rakau based games and the sport of ki o rahi which is sport played by teams at a national level.

If your teachers, community group or iwi would like to learn how to integrate traditional māori games into their programmes or would like assistance with physical activity initiatives aimed at maori give our kaiwhakahaere a call.


Waitara Weekly Hikoi

One programme our Kaiwhakahaere has been involved with for over two years is the facilitation of the Waitara Weekly Hikoi which is a walking group for the Waitara community that has a focus on encouraging entry level activity for Maori.  This kaupapa is promoted in conjuction with Taranaki Toa, a local triathlon group whose goal and vision are also to inspire maori to health and wellbeing through exercise.

Waitara Weekly Hikoi meets every Monday evening at 5.30pm at the Waitara Netball Courts on Princess St.  Three different distances to suit varying abilities. Everyone welcome.

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Check out the Waitara Weekly Hikoi Facebook Page

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