He Oranga Poutama expanded into four new regions including Te Tairawhiti

Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou and Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti are excited by the Government’s announcement to boost Māori leadership and participation in sport and traditional physical recreation through the expansion of the He Oranga Poutama programme into new areas of Te Tairāwhiti – mai Potikirua ki te Toka a Taiau.

Taking a kaupapa Māori approach will ensure that the programme resonates with our communities, contributes to the revitalisation of traditional activities, and further strengthens Māori well-being.

Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou Chief Executive George Reedy said “The opportunity that He Oranga Poutama creates for the whānau of Ngāti Porou is exciting and connects to our mahi on a wider scale. Nurturing our whānau to enhance their Ngāti Poroutanga in ways that get you physically active and builds connection to whakapapa, hononga and identity will support better health and wellbeing for our people.”

Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Chief Executive Stefan Pishief said “Our partnership with Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou has been evolving over recent years and our trust in each other’s strengths and skills will set the foundation for giving the community the best of ourselves with He Oranga Poutama. Our region has a proud sporting history and is deeply connected to the whenua, taiao and people, but there are many inequities faced by our communities to participate that we will need to address.”

We are excited to be working in partnership with Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou, Sport NZ, and our communities to deliver He Oranga Poutama in our rohe, and build upon some of the great initiatives that are already happening.”

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