He Oranga Poutama

He Oranga Poutama is a Sport NZ initiative encouraging Māori to become more active.

Contact Person

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Larnee Wallace

Phone: 021 0244 7965


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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.


Current Programmes:

Taranaki Toa

Taranaki Toa is a small group of Taranaki-based whānau who see triathlon, and each of its three disciplines, as a vehicle for whānau to pursue a healthier lifestyle, in a helpful and supportive environment.  Taranaki Toa inspire and support Taranaki whanau to participate in triathlon and other multi-discipline events to pursue a hauora journey (a healthier lifestyle) and to improve the holistic health and wellbeing of Taranaki Māori.
To achieve this, we want to get more whānau active and involved in triathlon and endurance events for life. We want to provide a supportive entry point into the sport and encourage whānau into a range of triathlon and endurance training groups, sessions and events. To find out more about Taranaki Toa check out their facebook page and/or website.

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