Ngā mihi nui to the people in our community who have taken up the challenge and signed the Healthy Families Waitakere water pledge, check out their stories below

Ko taua wai kua potere ki te moana,
Kua hapai ki te rangi,
Kua tau ki runga maunga,
Kua heke ki nga riu, ki nga awa.

Water descends from the heavens, touches the land, flows into the valleys and creeks, reaches the rivers which leads to the sea.
— Mason Ngawhika

Want to sign the pledge? Send us your photo and your actions at hfw@sportwaitakere.co.nz

Download the pledge HERE

  Brian O'Shea Chairman - Te Atatu Roosters Rugby League Club  - changed the placement of water bottles to be more visible - provided a water dispenser for children to help themselves   Te Atatu Roosters Rugby League Club change up their drink offerings for their junior players

Brian O'Shea
Chairman - Te Atatu Roosters Rugby League Club

- changed the placement of water bottles to be more visible
- provided a water dispenser for children to help themselves

Te Atatu Roosters Rugby League Club change up their drink offerings for their junior players

  Lance Norman,  Ngati Kuri  Mana Amorangi, Hapai te Hauora  - the organisation created Fizz Free Whanau - going without sugary drinks for the month of January - Fizz Free Whanau now cares for challenge-takers, and those struggling with nutrition   Fizz Free Whanau takes a whānau-centred approach to awhi challenge-takers

Lance Norman, Ngati Kuri
Mana Amorangi, Hapai te Hauora

- the organisation created Fizz Free Whanau - going without sugary drinks for the month of January
- Fizz Free Whanau now cares for challenge-takers, and those struggling with nutrition

Fizz Free Whanau takes a whānau-centred approach to awhi challenge-takers

  Hon Alfred Ngaro National List MP based in Te Atatu      Alfred Ngaros website  

Hon Alfred Ngaro
National List MP based in Te Atatu


Alfred Ngaros website 

  Tevita FunakI CEO The Fono  - display their water pledge in clinic waiting rooms - dental team promote water through their work   The Fono CEO shows commitment to their community by signing the water pledge

Tevita FunakI
CEO The Fono

- display their water pledge in clinic waiting rooms
- dental team promote water through their work

The Fono CEO shows commitment to their community by signing the water pledge

  Kelston Girls High School    - negotiated a change with Sanitarium to increase the availability of water in their vending machines - promoted water as the best choice at Athletics Day and chose water as a top for Year    Read their story   View their pro-water announcement

Kelston Girls High School

- negotiated a change with Sanitarium to increase the availability of water in their vending machines
- promoted water as the best choice at Athletics Day and chose water as a top for Year

Read their story
View their pro-water announcement

  Irene Ogden Principal, Henderson North School  - installed a fountain to promote water as the best choice - introducing a rubric around health to be a health promoting school   Read their newsletter article

Irene Ogden
Principal, Henderson North School

- installed a fountain to promote water as the best choice
- introducing a rubric around health to be a health promoting school

Read their newsletter article

  Neil Henderson, Steve Tollestrup, Greg Presland, Sandra Coney - Waitakere Ranges Local Board  - where food or drinks are provided at events, the Board recommends healthy choices are provided - the Board does not support the provision of sugary drinks or foods that contribute to obesity   Auckland Council Waitakere Ranges Local Board website

Neil Henderson, Steve Tollestrup, Greg Presland, Sandra Coney - Waitakere Ranges Local Board
- where food or drinks are provided at events, the Board recommends healthy choices are provided
- the Board does not support the provision of sugary drinks or foods that contribute to obesity

Auckland Council Waitakere Ranges Local Board website

  Dr Andrew Brant Chief Medical Officer - Waitemata DHB  - sugary drinks were banned from DHB vending machines -  221 water coolers located across its 2 hospitals and various community sites   Water pledge reinforces Waitemata DHB’s healthy food and drink initiatives

Dr Andrew Brant
Chief Medical Officer - Waitemata DHB

- sugary drinks were banned from DHB vending machines
-  221 water coolers located across its 2 hospitals and various community sites

Water pledge reinforces Waitemata DHB’s healthy food and drink initiatives

  Linda Cooper Councillor - Waitakere Ward - Auckland Council     Linda Coopers website

Linda Cooper
Councillor - Waitakere Ward - Auckland Council


Linda Coopers website

  Sepora Mauigoa Principal , Glendene School  - installed a new water fountain in an area with high foot traffic - students regularly fill their drink bottles    Glendene School website

Sepora Mauigoa
Principal , Glendene School

- installed a new water fountain in an area with high foot traffic
- students regularly fill their drink bottles

Glendene School website

  Gay Turner Principal, Prospect School  - installed a fountain to amplify their work in Fonterra Milk in Schools and Enviroschools programmes - parents are informed the school is water-only on enrolment day   Read their newsletter article   

Gay Turner
Principal, Prospect School

- installed a fountain to amplify their work in Fonterra Milk in Schools and Enviroschools programmes
- parents are informed the school is water-only on enrolment day

Read their newsletter article
 

  Rangatahi Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Hoani Waititi Marae  - Tuake Pohatu-Ryder wrote a haka that highlights the Kura's commitment to drinking wai - rangatahi performed the haka to extend a wero to other Kura nationwide to do the same   TKKM o Hoani Waititi Marae challenge other Kura nationwide to become pro water

Rangatahi
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Hoani Waititi Marae

- Tuake Pohatu-Ryder wrote a haka that highlights the Kura's commitment to drinking wai
- rangatahi performed the haka to extend a wero to other Kura nationwide to do the same

TKKM o Hoani Waititi Marae challenge other Kura nationwide to become pro water

  Lynette Adams CEO Sport Waitakere   - the organisation have taken a firm stance that all events involving young people are pro water - in 6 months, 11 events attracting 2300 young people have had water as the only drink   Sport Waitakere pledge to promote water at events and to the wider community

Lynette Adams
CEO Sport Waitakere

- the organisation have taken a firm stance that all events involving young people are pro water
- in 6 months, 11 events attracting 2300 young people have had water as the only drink

Sport Waitakere pledge to promote water at events and to the wider community

  Hon Phil Tywford & Deborah Russell New Zealand Labour Party    http://www.labour.org.nz/philtwyford   http://www.labour.org.nz/deborahrussell

Hon Phil Tywford & Deborah Russell
New Zealand Labour Party

http://www.labour.org.nz/philtwyford
http://www.labour.org.nz/deborahrussell

  Jenny Bernard Principal, Birdwood School          Birdwood School website

Jenny Bernard
Principal, Birdwood School

 

 

Birdwood School website

  Charmaine Munro Principal, Sunnyvale School  - student leaders are working with younger students to create a visually appealing design for a new water fountain that reflects their school values   S  unnyvale School website

Charmaine Munro
Principal, Sunnyvale School

- student leaders are working with younger students to create a visually appealing design for a new water fountain that reflects their school values

Sunnyvale School website