May 10, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

New healthy kai policy at Polyfest Maori village

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Attendees at this years ASB Polyfestare in for a deliciously healthy time with a new kai policy and boosted health activities and information on hand. Leading the health charge is Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua alongside Raukura Hauora o Tainui, Huakina Development Trust and Te Whanau o Waipareira.

323346-168295-7The new focus has culminated in a healthy kai policy for the Maori village. The policy includes a MUST NOT be sold food policy for hot chips, kumara chips, hot dogs on a stick, candy floss and pies. In addition, ASB alongside Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua and other health organisers will work to develop healthy drink options and culturally appropriate messaging around good kai.

Antony Thompson of Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua is pleased to support the development of healthy policies, This outcome shows that ASB are committed to making the festival an environment where it is easy for rangatahi and their whanau to make healthy kai choices.

Maori are twice as likely as other kiwis to develop diabetes related mamae so its our goal to lead changeby developing a healthykaipolicy.We are walking the talk at theASB polyfest by role modelling change” says Mr Thompson.

Hauora stalls in the Maori village will also focus on rangatahi wellness throughTupeka Kore 2025 taking rangatahi and their whanau on the journey towards Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025, and gathering the opinions of rangatahi on alcohol and drug harm minimisation to inform local and regional policy development.

We all hope to see you at the Manukau Sports Bowlon the13thto the 16thof March to support rangatahi and their kapa haka performances and to enjoy reka healthy kai!For further information please contact Antony Thompson on 027 3239811.

For interviews in Te Reo Maori, please contact Rangi McLean on 021 736753



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