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!
4 April, 2019
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.