He Oranga Poutama

18 March 2020

He Oranga Poutama, "Stairway to wellbeing", promotes the development and implementation of physical recreation and sport in a way that is culturally appropriate to Māori.

Our focus

Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa supports Māori wellbeing by improving participation and increasing leadership through play, active recreation and sport.

He Oranga Poutama investment is intended to strongly centre on Māori cultural distinctiveness and support community leadership and participation grown in play, active recreation and sport as Māori. The meaning of "as Māori" in the He Oranga Poutama context is contained in the framework of Te Whetū Rehua.

Kaiwhakahaere participating as leaders in their community

Below: Ihaka Waerea, Kaiwhakarite at Sport Hawke's Bay, shares his experience of growing Māori sport and community leadership in their area.

Increased opportunities for whānau to explore, learn and participate as Māori

Below: Stephanie Broughton (Tūranga Health) talks about the Tū Marae initiative - engaging with whānau to increase sport participation as Māori in a marae-to-marae series of four duathlons in western rural Gisborne.

Revitalisation and further development of sport and traditional physical recreation

Below: Wiremu Mato working for Sport Waitākere shares insights about revitalising traditional Māori sports and games, including KĪ o Rahi, in the greater Auckland region.

Te Whetū Rehua

This video introduces Te Whetū Rehua as a framework to help play, active recreation and sport providers consider how they can design or adapt activities to be culturally responsive to Māori.

Who we invest in

Currently there are 11 organisations we invest in for He Oranga Poutama. These are:

  • Sport Northland
  • Sport Waitākere
  • Te Wharekura o Rākaumangamanga
  • Sport Waikato
  • Tūwharetoa Sports Trust
  • Mataatua Sports Trust
  • Te Papa Taakaro o Te Arawa
  • Te Hauora o Tūranganui-a-Kiwa
  • Sport Hawke's Bay
  • Sport Taranaki
  • Awa Sports Trust.

Evaluation report

The 2012 He Oranga Poutama developmental evaluation report tracks progress during 2009-2012 against the three areas of emphasis.

2012 He Oranga Poutama developmental evaluation report (PDF)

Kataraina Pipi, part of the evaluation team, wrote this song to support their presentation of He Oranga Poutama work at the American Evaluation Association conference in 2011.

Any questions?

For any questions about He Oranga Poutama, please contact our Toihautū Principal Advisor Māori, Moana-Lee Raihania on 027 533 8973 or

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