Kai West Impact Report

Kai West works to champion projects across West Auckland. In this report, we share some of the work of Kai West and its achievements over the past five years.

Testing a Neighbourhood Play System blueprint to create more playful neighbourhoods

Sport Waitākere has tested the Neighbourhood Play System blueprint to assess play opportunities in the Pātiki community surrounding Te Kura o Pātiki: Rosebank School. This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the area surrounding Te Kura o Pātiki: Rosebank School. Through consultation and co-design with tamariki it has identified opportunities to create a more playful neighbourhood.

The basis of this project was to understand how various urban systems impact play opportunities for tamariki inside their community, and to support the development of initiatives that contribute to creating an equitable tamariki-friendly urban environment.

Case Study: Tāfesilafa'i A Community of Care for Aoga Amata

Tāfesilafa’i is an aiga (family) centred innovation that is community-led and nationally enabled. It’s a place for Aoga Amata (Samoan language nests) to come together, connect, share, and grow confidence in weaving Samoan cultural values, practices, and beliefs into educational practice. 

Waitākere Urban Farm Feasibility Study Report

This report brings together the available resources and insights for a sustainable Urban Farm in West Auckland, including identified sites, expert planning advice, advice from key partners, and recommendations.

Appendix 1 – Planning Report

Appendix 2 – Site Information

Digital Literacy Programme Evaluation
The main purpose of this report is to evaluate the impact of Digital Literacy Workshops and Professional Learning Days, on teachers’ pedagogical practices as well teachers’ and children’s wellbeing. Five teachers/participants (one to represent each of the five aoga amata (Sāmoan ECE centres) were invited to share their thoughts and
experiences ​​​​​​​through talanoa or interviews.

Manamotuhake o te kai

Healthy Families Waitākere has engaged with many other organisations and whānau on the issue of food security and discussed how to grow kai sovereignty in West Auckland. Kai sovereignty emphasises placing control of food back into local communities. Our collective aim with this initiative is to vitalise the mana of kai in West Auckland alongside our Māori whānau and communities.

Tāfesilafa’i Community of Care Evaluation

This project was initiated in 2020 and has operated with the support of Healthy Families Waitākere since its inception. Using a qualitative and quantitative approach to collect data alongside the Siapo Evaluation Framework, this report involved in-depth interviews with twenty Pasifika faiaoga (teachers/management), aiga (families), alongside two talanoa fa’asoa (discussion groups) with faiaoga.

Weaving Te Ao Māori into western early learning settings: A trial

In 2021, Healthy Families Waitākere worked with Toi Tangata to create the opportunity to prototype the delivery of He Pī Ka Rere (HPKR) into five ECE in West Auckland. This prototype is the first time that HPKR has formally been introduced into ECE settings outside Kōhanga Reo.

Tāfesilafa'i: West Auckland Samoan ECE Community of Care Report

This report outlines an initiative in West Auckland with five Aoga Amata that
created a network of support linking available resources and the exhausted
faiaoga. We explored the conditions that enabled a Community of Care (CoC)
to develop in partnership with the Aoga Amata staff and aiga, enabling them
to address at least four of the focus areas for change identified in the Action
Plan for Pacific Education 2020–2030.

Workplace wellbeing employee voice insights report

This report summarises findings from 154 respondents to a survey created in collaboration with the Rosebank Business Association. The survey was submitted to Rosebank Road businesses, to determine what affects people’s wellbeing at work and what workplaces can do to improve and support wellbeing in the workplace.

Rosebank Road Travel Insights Report

As part of the Rosebank Wellbeing Collab, this report shows worker experiences travelling to and from work and some ideas to reduce this daily stressor in workplaces.

Case Study – Te Atatū Roosters Rugby League Club 
Sale of Alcohol Act

A club that is committed to providing a positive environment for their whānau and working hard to address the challenges around alcohol.

The Kitchen Project Report

Formed to support locally based food and beverage entrepreneurs to develop their businesses, The Kitchen Project was developed as a three-way partnership between Panuku Development Auckland, Auckland Unlimited and Healthy Families (Waitākere and South Auckland).

West Auckland Together Report

How a network of networks collaboratively mobilised to support West Auckland communities during COVID-19 alert level 4. 


Healthy Families Waitākere, alongside a number of other Healthy Families sites, is working alongside the community to revive this traditional practice and bring in into everyday life.

Today, Maramataka is being weaved into people’s particular ways of living and work practice, where they’ve adapted this practice to align to the Gregorian calendar. Healthy Families Waitākere is pleased to share with you all a local west-coast Maramataka calendar, updated monthly and available for download below. This calendar highlights best days for planning, getting active, reflection, alongside many other activities.

This Maramataka calendar is aligned to the west coast, if you are on the east coast you’ll need to edit it so that Rakaunui falls on the day of the full moon.

GAPPA Recommendations from the community hui facilitated by Healthy Families WaitākerE

​​On behalf of the Ministry, Healthy Families Waitākere facilitated a co-design workshop alongside Dr Geoff Kira and his team from Massey University, with a focus on how to approach increasing physical activity in community settings. Our recommendations are available for download.

Play Every day with HealthyKids

Giving children lots of opportunities to play, both alone and with others, helps with their learning and development. Play is fun and doesn’t need to be formal, structured or to cost money.

Healthy Families NZ, Sport NZ and the Health Promotion Agency have teamed up to share fun, free and low-cost ideas to get your family eating, moving and sleeping well.

So what are you waiting for? Have some fun and play, every day! 

Check out for fun recipes, activity ideas, goal charts and more. 

Creating A Movement For Change: The Healthy Families NZ Collective Impact Approach To Reducing The Harm Caused By Alcohol

This Impact Report demonstrates how Healthy Families NZ location teams are working with communities to create change. It demonstrates that local movements can create positive changes where alcohol is less available, marketing and sponsorship of alcohol is controlled, environments support less drinking and community safety and wellbeing is enhanced. 

Case Study: Active Whakapapa A Hīkoi of discovery in West Auckland 

Active Whakapapa is an interactive experience connecting people with te taiao (nature, the environment) and te ao Māori (Māori worldview) according to mana whenua (indigenous people) pūrākau (stories of origin).

Local Government Impact Report

The national Local Government Impact Report shares our learnings, insights and shines a light on how we successfully partner with local government to achieve collective impact and implementation at scale. Through changing our environments to support improved mental wellbeing and resilience, nutrition, increased physical activity, more people being smokefree and reducing the harm from alcohol, we’ll give our communities the opportunity to thrive.

Healthy Families NZ Evaluation Report 2022

We welcome the release of the Healthy Families NZ Summative Evaluation Report 2022 which highlights the approach as an innovative, proven prevention initiative that is community-led, systems-focused and grounded in mātauranga Māori.

Food Rescue in 2022

Healthy Families Waitākere Systems Innovator Rea Kenkel was thrilled to have been asked to review and provide feedback on the second report in the food waste series from the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. The report builds on advice on how to combat food waste and the role and limitations of food relief in Aotearoa. Subsequent reports will focus on resolutions to food waste.

HFNZ National Play Impact Report

The Healthy Families NZ National Play Report is out now! See how our different locations are connecting with communities around the country to change attitudes and bring back play.

Growing a wellbeing movement at work Zaynel Sushil & Kim Watts

This case study details how to grow a wellbeing movement at work, using real-world practice. See how West Auckland based thought leaders are implementing wellbeing into their workplace; their insights, breakthroughs and failures in their attempts develop a culture of wellbeing within their organisations.​​​​​​​

Te Whai Kori: Regional Play Framework for Tāmaki Makaurau

This Regional Play Framework was developed by play system leaders and champions’ from across Tāmaki Makaurau to unite organisations who believe in the power of play for our tamariki and rangatahi, their whānau and our communities. 

Healthy Families NZ: Kai Impact Report

Communities hold the answers to
​​​​​​​re-orienting the food system to improve wellbeing. Around Aotearoa, we are hearing communities insisting now is the time to move toward Sustainable Food Systems which are regenerative and resilient; prioritise locally grown and affordable kai; and uphold mātauranga [indigenous knowledge], kaitiakitanga [guardianship] and rangatiratanga [leadership].

This report shares inspiring stories from around the country that demonstrate how local kai initiatives are contributing to a national movement that could transform how kai is understood, appreciated, grown and consumed in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Letter template to the ministry of justice

Do you support the government taking more effective actions to reduce the harms of alcohol use? Let the Ministry of Justice know you tautoko the decision to review the Act! To make it easy we have created a template that you can use, just fill in the blanks to make it more personal.  

Supporting kaiako hauora - teacher wellbeing- in eces (2021)

Insights from the Heart Foundation workshop series. The purpose of this document is to share the story
of how West Auckland found new ways to support the wellbeing of our precious ECE kaiako.

Māori COVID-19 Impact Report West Auckland (2020-2021)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Commissioned by the Māori Thought Leadership Collective West Auckland, this report explores the impact of Covid-19 on Māori whānau in West Auckland. 

Supporting Kaiako Hauora in ECEs   - insights report (May 2020)

This report shares what we’ve learned during the discovery phase, drawing on learnings from existing information sources, empathy interviews, alongside knowledge and experience of those in the sector with a focus on West Auckland. Through this process, factors have been identified at a national, organisational and personal level.

Easy Choice Family Kai cookbooks

Easy Choice – Family Kai is a free seasonal meal planner and recipe book which helps families shop for, cook and eat nourishing and affordable food. 

Easy Choice was developed in partnership with the Fresh Choice supermarket in Ranui and Glen Eden. 

Food in Schools - insights report (February 2020)

This document shares what has been learned throughout the initial stages. It draws from learnings from existing information sources, programme staff, alongside the school community. 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Healthy Environments Framework​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​Research shows that the spaces we live, work and play in have a big part to play in supporting our general health. The Healthy Environment Principles and Event Guide are 4 practical principles designed to be easy to implement and come with options, tips and plenty of resources. This guide is for everyone involved in delivering Auckland Council events and is also applicable for community event organisers.