A Glenavon community hub is fostering connections through a united interest in growing vegetables. Last September, Tevita and his mother Annuncia were one of 30 families who signed up to the Glenavon community hub, helping rake leaves and build a raised garden bed. Since then, Tevita has returned weekly, learning different plant species, how to grow vegetables and most recently, installing a number of garden beds at his family’s home.
“The healthcare challenge of this century.”
That’s how the World Health Organisation has labelled chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity – and New Zealand is no exception.
A collaborative project between Healthy Families Waitākere and the University of Auckland has identified systemic barriers leading to tamariki (children) not receiving the recommended daily fruit and vegetable intake.
Last week, Healthy Families Waitākere co-hosted the second Maramataka workshop alongside partners Hāpai Te Hauora, Toi Tangata and Te Whānau o Waipareira.
Health and education professionals from around the world will be given an insight on the effectiveness of using a Māori co-design approach from Healthy Families Waitākere Māori Systems Innovator, Vikki Ham.
Children participating in a walking school bus in Henderson are taking steps towards overall health in more ways than one, by picking up litter along their daily route.