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Steven’s Story

It’s Men’s Health Week, so in the spirit of getting men talking about their health, here’s an inspiring story from one of the clients of our Green Prescription programme:

Steven used to spend a lot of time sitting, having sad thoughts. He was anxious and suicidal. In January of 2018, Steven’s doctor suggested a Green Prescription. “I was really nervous at first and it took a lot to go in [to the appointment] but once I did it was okay, Tori explained everything”.

At their first meeting Tori could see that Steven was determined to find a way to be happier. Together they talked about things that would help and developed a bit of a plan that he could follow. Today, Steven is a regular at the pool and continues to walk often. He feels happier, more proactive and understands his illness better.

“The older people in aqua are funny, mischief and likeminded.” “It’s nice to talk to people. I was shy before, I wouldn’t talk to anyone.”

Tori is so pleased for Steven, she has noticed so many positive changes. “He is the one who chats with new people who come to class, he helps them feel welcome and at ease”. “He smiles a lot, it’s such a great smile!”

When asked what he would tell others Steven says emphatically “just give it a go, definitely, just try it!”

Tairawhiti Maori Sports Awards 2019 – nominations now open!

The organising committee for the Tairāwhiti Māori Sports Awards 2019 have announced that the event will be held on 21 September at Te Poho-o-Rāwiri Marae in Gisborne.

Previously known as the Tūranganui-a-Kiwa Māori Sports Awards, this annual event was first held in 1994 and was the first regional Māori sports awards event to be held in the country.

The Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the success of our Māori sporting community, to further support their talent and to bring out the best in our athletes. It also provides opportunities for athletes to be recognised by talent scouts, which can lead to further sporting opportunities possibly through a national link and/or beyond which would then lead to better coaching and development opportunities.

The Chair of the organising committee, Athena Emmerson-Kapa says, “Our goal is to ensure that Māori athletes from this region can have access to the same opportunities as top NZ athletes do. It’s an important opportunity for our community to recognise the amazing sporting talent that exists in the Tairāwhiti region.”

The organising Committee for the Awards includes representation from Te Rūnanga o Tūranganui a Kiwa, Tāmanuhiri Tūtū Poroporo Trust, Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust, Te Rūnanganui o Ngati Porou, Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti and community members.

“We have a good cross representation of local organisations and iwi involved and we all have a common goal which is to ensure Māori sport achievement is promoted and recognised in the Tairawhiti region” says Ms Emmerson-Kapa.

The committee are now looking for all expressions of interest from sponsors.

There are 12 award categories in this year’s awards.

Winners of the Awards will be eligible to be considered for nominations in the National Maori Sports Awards and the Bronwyn Kay Agency Sporting Excellence Awards being held in November. Nominations for the Awards are now open and must be received by 5pm 12 July 2019.

Click here to download the nomination form

And we’re off!

What a beautiful day to kick off the Titirangi Mt Everest Challenge! The maunga has been a hive of activity all morning, and already 100 climbs have been logged on the website.

Tonight, we’re holding an opening event, where we’ll have a group climb leaving Te Poho-O-Rawiri Marae at 5:30, followed by a welcome, blessing and a chance to purchase one of the new T-shirts at the summit.

The T-shirts will be sold for $20 cash only, and 100% of the sale is donated to bowel cancer patients in Tairāwhiti

Convert your maunga

📣 Another HUGE change coming to this year’s Titirangi Mt. Everest Challenge Community! We’ve received a heap of feedback that some of our coast communities would love to get involved, but can’t make it to town often enough to participate. At the end of the day, this event is about setting a personal challenge, and getting outdoors and active with whānau. We hope that in other areas, communities can recreate that same awesome environment that Titirangi becomes during this event.

So with that in mind, you can now climb any of the awesome maunga in our region (or further afield), convert your climbs to match Titirangi – the home of the challenge, and enter them on the tracking platform along with everyone else.

To convert your climbs, you can use the handy chart below, or take the number of metres you’ve climbed (heaps of apps to find that), and divide it by 130 (that’s the height of Titirangi).
So if you climb 300 metres, you divide it by 130 (that equals 2.3), round it down because you’re honest 😉 and enter two climbs on the website.

Remember, Titirangi is a safe challenge environment. There are safety signs for cars, a one-way road and access is allowed. If you’re climbing other maunga, take safety precautions and make sure you’re allowed to be there.

Note: If you’re climbing Titirangi in Gisborne, walking from the bottom to the top, and back down counts as one climb. If you go up and over the maunga, then back again (climbing up the hill twice) that counts as two climbs.

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