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He Oranga Poutama

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Developing, promoting and implementing physical activities in a way that is culturally appropriate to Māori.  

Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa supports Māori wellbeing by improving participation and growing leadership through play, active recreation and sport. 

He Oranga Poutama investment is strongly centred on Māori ways of being and knowing. It’s about supporting and growing community leadership and participation in play, active recreation and sport as Māori.

Te Whetū Rehua is the framework that articulates the ‘as Māori’ concepts and principles which collectively define Māori leadership and participation in sport and active recreation.

Who we invest in

We currently invest in 12 organisations through He Oranga Poutama to develop, promote and implement physical activities that are culturally appropriate to Māori. These are:

Featured Stories

Growing Māori sport leadership 

Hear from Ihaka Waerea, Kaiwhakarite at Sport Hawke's Bay, in this video as he shares his experience of growing Māori sport and community leadership in their area.


Whānau exploring, learning and participating as Māori 

Meet Stephanie Broughton at Tūranga Health. In this video she shares the learnings and outcomes from Tū Marae, a marae-to-marae series of four duathlons in rural Gisborne to increase sport and active recreation amongst whānau.


Revitalising and developing sport and Māori approaches to active recreation

Hear Wiremu Mato, former Kaiwhakahaere at Sport Waitākere (now He Oranga Poutama Lead at Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa), in this video as he shares the learnings and insights from revitalising traditional Māori sports and games, including Kī-o-Rahi, in the greater Auckland region.



Expansion of He Oranga Poutama broadens reach to Iwi, Hapu, Whanau, Māori communities nationwide

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. 

Learn more


The 2021 He Oranga Poutama Outcomes Framework Review Report reviews the 2008 He Oranga Poutama Outcomes Framework.

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


Any questions?

For any questions about He Oranga Poutama, please contact:

Trina Henare
Kaiarahi He Oranga Poutama | He Oranga Poutama Lead
Sport NZ - Ihi Aotearoa
M: +64 21 923 557

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