29 Jun 2022

He Oranga Poutama expanded into four new regions including Te Tairawhiti. 

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou and Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti 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 Tairawhiti - mai Potikirua ki te Toka a Taiau. 

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

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Chief Executive George Reedy said “The opportunity that He Oranga Poutama creates for the whanau of Ngati Porou is exciting and connects to our mahi on a wider scale. Nurturing our whanau to enhance their Ngati 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 Tairawhiti Chief Executive Stefan Pishief said "Our partnership with Te Runanganui o Ngati 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 Runanganui o Ngati 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."