The Tapuwaekura Pilot is part of a joint agency initiative between Ihi Aotearoa and the Ministries of Health and Education called Healthy Active Learning.

The initiative aims to promote and improve wellbeing of tamariki and rangatahi through quality physical activity, healthy eating and drinking in schools, kura and learning services across Aotearoa.

In the Healthy Active Learning Initiative, Ihi Aotearoa will partner with Regional Sport Trusts and other appropriate organisations to provide a physical activity workforce to support 800 primary and intermediate schools and kura to create healthy and active learning environments, and better connection to their local communities. 

Ihi Aotearoa is piloting an approach called Tapuwaekura that is appropriate for Māori medium settings.  It uses the Atua Matua framework developed by Dr Ihirangi Heke, an environmental approach to physical activity and wellbeing that has significant relevance and meaning to, for and by Māori.

Tapuwaekura will be implemented in two phases:  

  • Phase one, pilot phase (April 2020-2021). Develop and test the delivery model with a cohort of kura.  In progress.
  • Phase two (2022-2024): Delivery into approximately 40% of kura through partnerships with appropriate organisations that will also provide an implementation workforce.  

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