On 29 June the Minister for Sport and Recreation announced the expansion of the long standing kaupapa Māori wellbeing programme He Oranga Poutama into four new takiwā (regions) with an increase in annual investment from $1.78 million to $3.38 million. This will broaden the programme’s reach into whānau, hapū, iwi, Māori across Aotearoa and forms part of the $7 million Kaupapa Māori Response Plan focused on providing and increasing culturally distinctive pathways that enable Māori to be physically active as Māori.
Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa has been kaitiaki of He Oranga Poutama for over 16 years. The kaupapa centres on Māori wellbeing by improving participation and leadership through physical activity as Māori, with delivery managed by a combination of hapū, iwi, hauora and regional providers.
There are now 12 He Oranga Poutama providers, with three added as part of the expansion to extend the programmes’s nationwide coverage:
- Tairāwhiti - Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou partnering with Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti
- Wellington and Wairarapa - Te Rūnanganui o Te Ātiawa ki te Ūpoko o te Ika and Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Incorporated partnering with Nuku Ora
- South Island - Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu
He Oranga Poutama will also be extended into the Urewera Ranges and Tauranga through existing provider Mātaatua Sports Trust.
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