Getting Whānau Active
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has completed a successful two-day wānanga on getting whānau active, by releasing a video profiling one of their commissioning initiatives, Hale Compound Conditioning.
Hale Compound Conditioning is the vision of an inspirational young couple, Koren (Manu) and Corey Hale, who have been supported by Te Pūtahitanga for an initiative called Te Huarahi Oranga. The couple exude wellbeing – they champion a whānau-centred approach to health and wellbeing whether that be by increasing access to physical activity, to recreation, to nutrition, physio, rongoā, whatever it takes.
“We had an amazing wānanga, inspired by champions of hauora including Heather Skipworth (Founder of IRONMĀORI); Dallas Seymour (former All Black) and Gilbert Enoka (performance enhancement practitioner, including 15 years as a mental skills specialist for the All Blacks),” says Te Pūtahitanga Chief Executive, Helen Leahy.
“Over a 52 hour wānanga we have experienced the excitement of over 20 new health and wellbeing initiatives, which have the potential to reach over 600 whānau members. At the wānanga one of our people raised the term “Start O’Clock” – meaning the time to be living healthy lifestyles is right now.”
"We feel honoured that our services are recognised as being the catalyst for changing lives and a better future for whānau,” says Manu Hale, co-founder of Hale Compound Conditioning. "Kāhore taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini. We cannot succeed without the support of those around us."
“Hale Compound Conditioning epitomise the ‘Start O’Clock mentality’ which we incorporate in all aspects of Whānau Ora,” says Ms Leahy. “We are currently taking information about our three new investment funds across Te Waipounamu, with applications due in 31 May. It’s Start O’Clock time.”
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for the South Island. Te Pūtahitanga has a mandate from the nine iwi of Te Waipounamu: Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Koata, Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Rangitāne and Ngāti Rarua to invest in building sustainable whānau capability across Te Waipounamu.