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.
Our tūpuna (ancestors) spent thousands of years observing the environment. They watched the rise and fall of the moon, the ebb and flow of the tide, alongside other environmental tohu (cues, signs) to understand the best days for planting, fishing and harvesting. It was understood these factors also had an effect on a person’s energy levels, behaviour and frame of mind (mood).
With Matariki approaching, Healthy Families Waitākere has put together a bite sized fact sheet to answer some frequently asked questions about the celebration.
“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.