Whānau Whanui (Māori Public Health) is a regional public health collective consisting of Raukura Hauora o Tainui, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua, Te Whānau o Waipareira and Hāpai Te Hauora.

Through fortnightly meetings, the collective together advances public health and continues the legacy of our tupuna by creating environments in which whānau and communities thrive in the areas of: tihei mauri ora (reducing tobacco use), kia maarie (reducing drug and alcohol use), whai ao (improving nutrition & exercise) and tamariki ora (wellchild health promotion)

Fizz Free Whānau

On the surface, Fizz Free Whānau is a challenge to go without sugary drinks for the month of January, with the option to fundraise for healthy initiatives in your community. However, more than just a challenge, FFW takes a whānau-centred approach to awhi (care for) challenge-takers, and those struggling with nutrition, by providing ongoing support and education. We also work with our Whānau Whanui collective to support policy development in the community to prevent poor nutrition in the first place.

On a larger scale, we believe that we can change the narrative around Māori being overweight, sick, unhealthy, and lazy. We know that our tūpuna were strong, fit, and healthy, and we know that the negative stereotype doesn’t have a place in the future of our mokopuna either. We know that programmes that support Māori are good for everyone too- so we are pleased to support our Pasifika, migrant and other communities to also be well!

Visit the FizzFree Website here

Highlights

2 May, 2019

Māori Television - Synthetics threshold to arrest suppliers not realistic – Māori health provider

Hāpai te Hauora general manager Janell Dymus-Kurei is concerned about the rising number of synthetic drug deaths, given more than half of synthetic users are Māori

Maori public health, drug harm

1 May, 2019

NZ Herald: Concerns that police 'unconscious bias' for charging drug users could hurt Māori

A bill before Parliament that puts police discretion into law for how to handle drug users could hurt Māori unfairly because of unconscious bias, the Drug Foundation and Māori health advocates say.

Maori public health

1 May, 2019

Māori News - Synthetics threshold to arrest suppliers not realistic – Māori health provider

Hāpai te Hauora general manager Janell Dymus-Kurei is concerned about the rising number of synthetic drug deaths, given more than half of synthetic users are Māori

Maori public health, drug control, synthetic drugs

4 April, 2019

Māori Public Health GM, Janell Dymus-Mareroa features on Te Karere advocating for more to be done to protect our tamariki from the harms of junk food

Our Māori Public Health General Manager, Janell Dymus-Mareroa features on Te Karere today advocating for more to be done to protect our tamariki and mokopuna from the harms of junk food, following calls by the NZDA Healthy Smiles for more regulations of marketing to support better health outcomes for our communities across Aotearoa.

Nutrition and physical activity, sugary drinks

Our Team

Janell Dymus-Kurei
Janell Dymus-Kurei

Kaiwhakahaere

Rangi McLean
Rangi McLean

National Cultural Advisor

Emma Espiner
Emma Espiner

National Communications Lead

Tiana Matiu
Tiana Matiu

Kaiwhiriwhiri

Najlaa Alasaa
Najlaa Alasaa

Kaiwhiriwhiri