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Kaumātua Olympics 2018

Kaumātua Olympics 2018

21 May 2018

Age will prove no barrier for the 160 kaumātua coming together later this month for the fourth bi-annual Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Kaumātua Olympics.

Hot on the heels of the Commonwealth Games and the Winter Olympics, kaumātua from as far afield as Taranaki will compete for their equivalent of the gold, silver and bronze medals – the prestigious Marutūahu,  Moehau and Te Aroha taonga -  all designed by Darin Jenkins (Ngāti Tama-te-rā) and carved by Joseph Ihaia (Rangitihi / Ngāi Tūhoe).

While the competition might be fierce, the walls of the Silver Ferns Farm Centre in Te Aroha will likely resound to the sound of music, laughter, chatter and lost marbles as kaumātua tackle all manner of games from corn toss and memory to cups and the much-loved Noodle Hockey.

Kaumātua programme services co-ordinator Hariata Adams says the event upholds Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki vision of Hauraki as a Healthy Nation and their values of Whanaungatanga, Manākitanga and Kotahitanga – working alongside and caring for each other. 

“It is about Whānau Ora and ensuring we provide services that wrap around our whānau, support their aspirations toward wellness and build upon our vision for Hauraki to be a healthy nation,” she says.

“We want out kaumātua to know that there is life outside of the house and TV and that they can get out and do things in the community.” 

The first Kaumātua Olympics was held in Thames in 2012, then in Whangamāta in 2014 and Paeroa in 2016. This year, 16 teams of 10  will converge on Te Aroha from Taranaki (4), Maniapoto (3), Hamilton (2), Tauranga and Tokoroa (1 each) and Hauraki rohe (5).

Kaumātua will have one physical game followed by a quiet game such as Memory or cup stacking or even a cup of tea so they can have a rest in between.

The day will begin with a Powhiri at 9am followed by a team March Past, with warmdown at 1.30pm and prizegiving at 2pm.

What: Kaumātua Olympics

Where: Silver Ferns Farm Centre

44 Stanley Street

Te Aroha

When: Thursday, May 31

Time: 9am – 3pm

Caption:  Whangamatā Orca team members Sheryle Winikerei, left, Shayne Campbell, Penny Taylor and Michael Hunter, with James Andrews, rear, took out the esteemed Marutūahu trophy in 2016.

 

 

 

Caption:  Whangamatā Orca team members Sheryle Winikerei, left, Shayne Campbell, Penny Taylor and Michael Hunter, with James Andrews, rear, took out the esteemed Marutūahu trophy in 2016.

 

Caption:  Whangamatā Orca team members Sheryle Winikerei, left, Shayne Campbell, Penny Taylor and Michael Hunter, with James Andrews, rear, took out the esteemed Marutūahu trophy in 2016.

 

Caption:  Whangamatā Orca team members Sheryle Winikerei, left, Shayne Campbell, Penny Taylor and Michael Hunter, with James Andrews, rear, took out the esteemed Marutūahu trophy in 2016.

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Hikoi mō te hauora - Walking for our wellbeing

25 February 2019

Come walking with us

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Whānau Ora Navigators are hoping whānau will join the Hikoi ā Whānau walking series around Hauraki during March.

Walking is FREE and a great way  to connect with your community! 

Walking reduces stress, lowers your blood pressure, improves sleep and energises you!

Hikoi ā Whānau offers: 

Aroha – giving with no expectation of return;

Whanāungatanga – It’s about being connected;

Whakapapa – knowing who you are;

Mana/Manaaki – building the mana of others, through nurturing and growing; and

Korero awhi – positive communication.

 Join us 

No matter what your age, size, level of fitness or situation 

 

Waihi - March 6: 10.30am - 12 noon – Meet at the Goldmine lookout

Thames - March 13: 10.30am - 12 noon – Meet at Victoria Park

Coromandel - March 20: 10.30am-12 noon – Meet at the Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki clinic

Paeroa  - March 27 10.30am- 12 noon – Meet at Paeroa Domain

 Contact your

Whānau Ora Navigator

if interested in joining

Hikoi ā Whānau 

or phone
07 868 0033 

 

 

 

Free professional help offered to beneficiaries with WINZ issues

15 February 2019

Beneficiaries who need free professional help with Work and Income issues such as entitlements, fraud/relationship investigations, reviews, appeals, and more can make an appointment to see a Waikato Community Law Advocate visiting Thames and Te Aroha next month.

Community Law Waikato advocate Ben Hoffman is experienced in Welfare Law and will be available by appointment only in Thames on March 22 and Te Aroha on March 15 from 12.30-3pm. Spaces are limited, so those needing welfare advice need to book on 0800 529 482.

Ben will also be providing training on Welfare Law for all community organisations that support beneficiaries.  The training will include learning about entitlements, benefits, relationship status, common problems, reviews, appeals and more.  The training is free, but a gold coin koha is appreciated to cover some of the costs. Training is from 10.30am to 12 noon.

Community Law Waikato provides free legal help to those in the Waikato who would otherwise not have access.

Training and appointments:

Thames – Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki, 210 Richmond Street, March 22

Te Aroha – Senior Citizens Association, 24 Church Street, Te Aroha, March 15

 To make an appointment, phone 0800 529 482.

 

  

Whānau Hauora Day to promote community gardens

31 January 2019

A Whānau Hauora Day hosted by Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki alongside the TCDC and local community, will be held at Hauraki Terrace Playground and Community Gardens on Waitangi Day, Wednesday, February 6.

The aim of the day is to promote the community gardens and make community connections.

The opening of a Pataka Kai/Community Pantry, gardening, a cooking demo, craft making, games, a hangi, BBQ, bouncy castle and an eagerness to learn are all also on the agenda.

From 11-2pm, whānau from neighbouring streets and throughout the community will be able to come along to the community gardens and help harvest the potatoes to be used in a sweetcorn and potato fritters cooking demo. Tamariki will have heaps to keep them entertained, including lots of games and a bouncy castle.

T3 (Transition Town Thames) maintains the community gardens, holding monthly working bees to encourage community participation and on-the-spot learning, but it is hoped that eventually the community will take ownership of them.

“We want people from the community to look after the gardens and to make them sustainable,” Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Poukura Oranga, Manager Public and Community Health Services Debbie Petersen-Pilcher says.

 This is a smoke and alcohol-free event and chilled water will be available all day.

 Thanks to Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki, T3, TCDC and local whānau.

What: Hauraki Terrace Whānau Hauora Day

Where: Hauraki Terrace, Thames

Time: 11am-2pm

FREE

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