He Oranga Poutama

11 June 2019

He Oranga Poutama, "Stairway to wellbeing", promotes the development and implementation of physical recreation and sport in a way that is culturally appropriate to Māori.

Our focus

Sport NZ supports Māori well-being through sport and active recreation through the He Oranga Poutama goal of increasing participation and leadership as Māori in sport and traditional physical recreation at community level.

He Oranga Poutama investment is intended to strongly centre on Māori cultural distinctiveness and support community leadership and participation grown in sport and recreation as Māori. The meaning of "as Māori" in the He Oranga Poutama inititiave context is contained in the framework of the He Oranga Poutama Te Whetū Rēhua.

Kaiwhakahaere participating as leaders in their community

Below: Ihaka Waerea, Kaiwhakarite at Sport Hawke's Bay, shares his experience of growing Māori sport and community leadership in their area.

Increased opportunities for whānau to explore, learn and participate as Māori

Below: Stephanie Broughton (Tūranga Health) talks about the Tū Marae initiative - engaging with whānau to increase sport participation as Māori in a marae-to-marae series of four duathlons in western rural Gisborne.

Revitalisation and further development of sport and traditional physical recreation

Below: Wiremu Mato from Sport Waitākere shares insights about revitalising traditional Māori sports and games, including KĪ o Rahi, in the greater Auckland region.

Te Whetū Rēhua

This video introduces Te Whetū Rēhua framework as a tool to help sport and recreation providers consider how they can design or adapt activities to be culturally responsive to Māori.

Who we invest in

Eleven organisations have been successful in gaining investment which is through to 30th June 2016:

  • Sport Northland
  • Sport Waitākere
  • Te Wharekura o Rākaumangamanga
  • Sport Waikato
  • Tūwharetoa Sports Trust
  • Mataatua Sports Trust
  • Te Papa Taakaro o Te Arawa
  • Te Hauora o Tūranganui-a-Kiwa
  • Sport Hawke's Bay
  • Sport Taranaki
  • Awa Sports Trust.

Evaluation report

The 2012 He Oranga Poutama developmental evaluation report tracks progress during 2009-2012 against the three areas of emphasis.

2012 He Oranga Poutama developmental evaluation report (PDF)

Kataraina Pipi, part of the evaluation team, wrote this song to support their presentation of HOP work at the American Evaluation Association conference in 2011.


For any questions about He Oranga Poutama, please contact Sport NZ Toihautū Principal Advisor Māori, Moana-Lee Raihania  027 533 8973 or

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