Pou Manaaki | Caring for one another


Ngā hinonga whakapiki ora

Activities to keep well and safe


These pages are not being updated. Announced in September 2021, Te Puni Kōkiri is providing a one-stop source of information on COVID, the vaccine roll-out and where to go for support for Te Ao Māori.

Please check our archive page for earlier conversations, interviews and commentaries supporting our whānau.


SewingCOVID-19 has again been an opportunity for Māori creatives to reimagine ways in which to share their mahi, and none more so than the amazing whānau at Te Pou Theatre and their Kōanga Festival 2020 – digital edition 2-27 September. Join them throughout the month as they share snippets from their shows.

With the announcement of community transmission, it’s the perfect time to learn how to make your own fabric face masks. Here's how, from a simple no sew method which recycles an old t-shirt to a more complicated ‘best fit’ mask requiring a sewing machine and some sewing skill.

When COVID-19 hit, it was something that the world wasn’t sure how to handle, and as we learnt so too did our understanding of COVID-19 and our language. Learn the reo with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori who have released a list of words to support translators and others who communicate in te reo Māori and are fighting COVID-19.

This information sheet in te reo Māori and English lists the symptoms of COVID-19, for whānau to stick to the fridge perhaps. Other illustrations and gifs about COVID-19 created by microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles and illustrator Toby Morris are also available in te reo Māori, translated by author and kaiako Hēmi Kelly.

Te Reo Māori

Te Reo Hāpai – The langauge of enrichment - is a Māori glossary for use within the field of mental health, addictions and disability. Created by Keri Opal, this seminal work is largely seen as utilising a strengths-based, positive Māori world view for terms which have previously been deficit-based. Te Karere has this story.

Learn 50 word in 5 days with this helpful resource from Donovan Farnham. It utilises a range of learning resources for different learning styles.

In a homage to the days of silent movies and a great little way to learn the kupu for our everyday activities from Māori TV, join Tiāre in his day.

In the build up to Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, we compiled a list of resources and activities so you too can get involved in learning Te Reo Māori. From a list of activities to complete, a plethora of Māori programming on television and free te reo Māori online and night classes, join in the celebration of Te Reo Māori.



Keep connected and the kids busy with these amazing at home resources from Sparklers. Sparklers was developed in Te Wai Pounamu in response to supporting children’s health and wellbeing. With a wide range of activities from exploring identity and culture to managing emotions, Sparklers can support our children as they navigate this new COVID-19 world.

Reconnect with your whānau and learn the traditional Māori art of weaving with Hetet School of Māori Art and Kaiako Veranoa Hetet who will guide you through the creation of a kono. If you have time, there is a delightful 1993 documentary available on NZ On Screen | Iwi Whitiāhua – It’s in the Genes Girls – (click to 20 mins) where Veranoa and her mother Erenora Puketapu-Hetet share parts of their weaving journey and how weaving can be political.

Reconnect with your whakapapa and explore other ideas which strengthen and build mana with a set of activities for whānau created by E Tū Whānau Kaimahi Moerangi Falaoa. Perfect to keep the whānau entertained while at Alert Levels 2 and 3.


Kombucha has a history spanning back nearly 2000 years and now you can experience the health benefits by learning to make your own. All you need to know is here, or jump over to Pou Korero for a lesson from Renee MacDonald (Ngāti Raukawa, Rangitāne, Te Āti Awa), founder of Soul Sisters Kombucha. While there is a suggestion to purchase a scoby, you can often source one for free from local Facebook fermentation groups – making sure to keep yourself COVID-19 safe during collection.

Learn the training of our Māori warriors and keep your tinana in hauora with Māori Movement, an exercise system based on Māori knowledge and Atua. This is a modern interpretation of traditional knowledge. Level one of programmes are free and can be done at home.

Te Piha Romiromi – time to get re-grounded. Piripi Morunga reignites his space with offering up romiromi and mirimiri. In this video he provides a koha to whānau to reground and return to your centre, a ritual exercise called kōti pito. This helps whānau to reconnect with your energies and release stress from your tinana. 


Taonga-pūoroTuruki Health Care are hosting daily Orokoroa (Māori meditation) sessions with creator Ngarino Tauwhirowhiro Te Waati (Beez). Meditation has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety while promoting emotional health. These sessions are suitable for all the whānau.

The lockdown provided an opportunity for many artists to create brilliant works of art. SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music presents Jerome Kavanagh's Oro Atua, a Puoro Māori sound healing journey.


Music has the ability to take us to a spirit place and what better music to journey with than what is created here on the whenua. E NOHO is a passion project born out of the COVID-19 pandemic and love for New Zealand music. It is a platform that champions, promotes and supports emerging New Zealand artists, sharing their musical gifts, stories and music. Created and hosted by Ed Waaka.


Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora receives $2.5m from Jobs for Nature Fund. Te Arawa Lakes Trust was among the first to benefit from Jobs for Nature. Te Ao Māori News report from Mahina Hurkman features Minita Take Taioa, Eugenie Sage and Tā Toby Curtis, Chairman Te Arawa Lakes Trust.

Ngāti Hine opens up work opportunities for rangatahi. Ngāti Hine has welcomed 20 new forestry recruits who will plant over 200 hectares of Ngāti Hine lands this year, and complete Level 2 Forestry. The Ngā Māhuri o Ngāti Hine trainees come from as far afield as Hokianga, Kaikohe, Whangārei and Moerewa and have diverse experiences and backgrounds.

Para Kore kaiārahi are developing projects to boost employment. Para Kore are working with their kaiārahi across Aotearoa to start developing environment projects that will boost employment for Māori


Mahi maara: Living by maramataka Māori in an urban setting. Toi Tangata present this one hour long webinar kōrero with Ayla Hoeta. Ayla is a vibrant wahine Māori, māmā, gym trainer and a maramataka Māori practitioner.

Maara kai 

watering garden

Whenua Warrior have a mission – to teach, feed and empower community through maarakai. This is a mission which was created 3 years ago and has flourished. Check out their Facebook page, Whenua Warrior.

Stuff interviews Ngāti Porou gardener Adrian Sutherland about Maara kai. Discover One Minute Gardening with Adrian Sutherland on Facebook. Watch Building a Karikore Maara Kai (no dig vegetable garden) at Pupuaruhe Marae in Whakatane. 

Koha Kai with Kiritahi – Te Karere. Organics expert Kiritahi Firmin is using the natural resources in her area to teach people to live organically. She and her whānau live in Upokongaro on the Whanganui River. Kiritahi is the founder of Kimiora Trust and Grow Kai Organic and has used the COVID-19 lockdown to produce Maara Kai educational videos on her Facebook page for whānau on how to grow vegetables and forage for kai. Titiro mai whānau!


Connecting with our culture can support our hauora and wellbeing, and traditional Māori games are great not only to help us to reconnect with our whānau, hapū and iwi, but also to improve our hand, eye co-ordination and tinana. And Māori traditional games are for all ages, not just tamariki. Māori Dance Company, Atamira utilised these games during a recent 8-week creative and conceptual development workshop for their new work Hou 2020. We can also explore a new way of breathing with Rawiri Hindle - with Hikitia te Hā Yoga - utilising Te Ao Māori breathing exercises designed to regulate state of mind.


Keep the tamariki busy these school holidays with this fun interactive bilingual video teaching the joy of poi. Make a day of it and make your own poi and tī rākau. Poi was traditionally used as a way to build strength and coordination for using weaponry like mere and patu.

Te Nūtube stars, Atareta and Te Haakura, have released a new single celebrating all things Te Reo. Check out their Te Nūtube channel and hit ‘Peke’, and follow their series on Māori Television.


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