Pukeatua (the summit of Wainuiomata hill) is a special place for many local people. The name Pukeatua means the summit of the gods and features in the Māori story of how Wellington harbour was formed. It is also renowned for its fantastic views over the valley and harbour and is the access point for many of the region’s best walking and mountain biking trails.
This is some of what's been happening in the Healthy Families NZ locations
Keep checking in for new links, articles and case studies that show examples of healthy changes happening over the 10 locations.
A new social enterprise has launched, making the healthy choice the easy choice for parents and students at a West Auckland school.
The Glenavon Backyard Garden Project supports the Glenavon community to both discover and nurture their passion for gardening through not only providing sustenance for the gardeners but for the wider community.
Play is a universal human experience; each of us will have some fond memories of play from our childhood. Will this generation, and the next be able to look back with the same fondness? Across Aotearoa and internationally, the evidence shows that play experiences are becoming less common and accessible for many of our tamariki.
Imagine if our neighbourhood places and spaces supported our tamariki to get outside, be active and play.
South Auckland’s hugely popular Polyfest is not only largest Pacific dance festival in the world, but it is also leading the way when it comes to encouraging attendees to make healthier food and beverage choices.
In September 2017, Healthy Families South Auckland began working with five businesses in BCoP: Air New Zealand, Auckland Council, Fonterra, Frucor Suntory NZ and The Warehouse Group to explore the impact of shift work on workers with a focus on Māori and Pacific employees using a co-design approach.
The partnership looked at gathering insights and assisting with designing and testing solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of shift workers in their companies.
Imagine if Lower Hutt was smokefree, we were not exposed to second-hand smoke and smoking was not visible to our children.
We know that early experiences and the environments in which children develop in their first thousand days can have lasting impact on their later wellbeing, learnings behaviour, and health. Getting things right when children are young is easier and more effective then trying to address issues later.
Quote from The Southern Initiative, Early Years Co-design Challenge
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Healthy Families NZ has been collaborating with key partners to increase physical activity and active transport in our communities. Read about some of the action that has been happening across the country in the Healthy Families NZ locations.
View this issue of the Healthy Families NZ - National Update here
Healthy Families NZ sites have been part of indigenous systems return, which is an inclusive approach to restoring indigenous knowledge and practices that encourage healthy communities. The renaissance of traditional indigenous systems can restore balance and independence for all whanau in Aotearoa New Zealand. Look at how Healthy Families NZ sites are normalising these practices to make their communities more liveable now and for future generations.
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Have we lost our way? Growing our own vegetables for the dinner table used to be the norm...
Here is a small snapshot of some of the work by Healthy Families NZ to restore or garden culture, to support a sustainable and healthy future for Aotearoa.
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Wai is important to all of us, we swim, wash, drink and play in it, it's an essential part of our infrastructure, our water ways impact our environment.
Healthy Families NZ and our communities are all actively working on how we can promote wai as the drink of choice and recognise the significance of wai on our health and wellbeing.
Across ten locations in New Zealand, Healthy Families NZ teams are working with their communities and prevention partners to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play.
Our latest newsletter brings together stories from each location about what is happening to reduce alcohol related harm.
To find out more about what is happening in the Healthy Families NZ Locations check out the locations' own websites or subscribe to the national newsletter.
In our latest national newsletter we profile what is happening across the Healthy Families NZ locations to increase access to healthy kai and wai.
To find out more about what is happening in our locations, visit each location's website or subscribe to get the regular e-newsletter.
To celebrate World Smokefree Day on 31 May, Healthy Families NZ have brought together stories of what is happening across the country to make our environments smokefree. These are examples of how we can all work together to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play.
Healthy Families NZ national e-newsletter - World Smokefree Day
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As adults we spend around half our waking hours at work, so it’s no wonder that the workplace is a place with huge potential to influence our health and wellbeing.
In this e-newsletter, the Healthy Families locations share what is happening in their workplace settings.
Healthy Families NZ e-newsletter - workplaces
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Over 100 Far North walkers and some dazzling fine weather came out in force for the inaugural Pipiwharauroa Hikoi for Healthy Nature, Healthy People walk at Lake Ngatu.
In a show of leadership in the battle against obesity and type 2 diabetes, Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura partner, Auckland Council announced today it is dropping sugar-sweetened drinks from vending machines at council-run leisure centres.
27 July 2016
A community initiative has been launched by Healthy Families Waitakere, Sport Waitakere, and the New Lynn Stags Rugby League Club who have also partnered with New Zealand Rugby League.
With the support of Healthy Families Lower Hutt, Hutt City Council has extended their city’s Smokefree Policy to include more outdoor public areas.
24 May 2016
Lower Hutt now has one of the most extensive smokefree policies in the country.