Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura
Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura is championed by: Alliance Community Initiatives Trust (ACIT), Auckland Council, The Southern Initiative (TSI), and Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau supported and funded by the Ministry of Health.
Healthy Families NZ is a large-scale initiative that brings together community leadership in a united effort for better health. It is about thinking bigger, activating leadership at all levels, and driving innovation to create health promoting environments in the places we live, learn, work, and play. In this 12-month period, we have sought to demonstrate how a multi-disciplinary approach including systems thinking, application of indigenous knowledge, partnership brokering, community leadership and innovation can positively disrupt the underlying causes of preventable chronic disease.
The business sector joins the Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura movement
Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura convened 10 significant South Auckland employers to explore a collaborative approach to advancing workplace health and wellbeing. Members of our Business Community of Practice include: Air New Zealand, Bidfood, Chep NZ, Fonterra, Frucor Suntory NZ, Goodman Fielder, Post Haste, Rinnai NZ, Spotless and The Warehouse Group. The collective is supported by the Manukau Business Association, the Wiri Business Association, and Changing Tack NZ. The insights shared to date have included mental health as a growing concern, and the importance of organisational capability to effectively engage with a more ethnically diverse workforce. The Community of Practice agreed to co-design a prototype for improving a specific issue in workplace health and well-being, support and/or participate in the design challenge for exploring the impact of shift work on family health and wellness, and further understand the priorities and perceptions of South Auckland employees (families).
Strengthening a faith-based cultural food system
The Supreme Sikh Society of New Zealand (Takanini), which has the largest Sikh temple in Auckland with up to 3,000 visitors per week, has embarked on a journey with Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura team to establish vegetable and fruit gardens on their 11 acres of temple land. As well as increasing the availability of fruit and vegetables for their community, they are also partnering with the Manukau Institute of Technology to teach food production and promoting the value proposition of fresh food.
Mangere’s Old School Reserve Teaching Gardens are mentoring temple staff and families as they establish their faith-based food system and adapt their traditional farming skills to the New Zealand climate. The gardens aim to be environmentally friendly and waste free by composting, distributing excess Sunday meals to families in need, and donating excess produce in a community fridge open to all.
He Kakano (Learn to Live) – a Māori framework for health prevention
Manurewa High School, South Auckland’s largest secondary school, partnered with the Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura and Toi Tangata teams to prototype a new approach to curriculum development in physical activity, underpinned by a traditional Māori philosophy. The prototype integrated design thinking, mātauranga Māori, western science, and whānau engagement. The benefits of this approach have included: students feeling a sense of belonging and identity within the school environment, increased student Manurewa High School, South Auckland’s largest secondary school, partnered with the Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura and Toi Tangata. engagement and confidence in the classroom, collaboration between partners to support the curriculum design, execution, and evaluation, and whanau participation and feedback in the developments. A digital case study has been developed, that the partnership will use to engage the education sector’s Communities of Learning in South Auckland.
Local Government enables scale
The Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura team worked alongside Local Boards and the Auckland Council to support the decision to remove sugar sweetened drinks from vending machines in leisure centres and local board sites. This decision eliminates an estimated 340kg, or 85,000 sugar cubes per month from the local food system. Since then the Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura Council team has developed a Food and Beverage Guideline to enable large complex organisations to activate positive change within their physical environments. This guideline has been shared with Auckland Council Events, Catering, and Sport & Recreation / Leisure Facilities, Council Controlled Organisations (CCO), and Healthy Auckland Together (HAT). The guidelines are a lever to enable scale through major regional and local events, Auckland Council community facilities, hospitals, and large local government agencies.