While registrations have just closed, Bonnie Sue at Ngāti Rangi Health (06 385 9580) is happy to take late expressions of interest from any of our kaumātua who would like to compete in the inaugural Kaumātua Olympics at Jubilee Stadium in Whanganui on the 18th.
Organisers were inspired to launch Taipāhake 'Nau mai e te motu ki Whanganui' Kaumātua Olympics after a request from Aunty Josephine Takarangi-Firmin and Uncle John Maihi on behalf of ngā kaumātua. A collaboration of organizations has been bought together with the aim of providing an event to engage pāhake and kaumātua in healthy activity and whanaungatanga. Nicole Dryden said this event is part of a desire and collaboration to work together to support greater outcomes in health for our pāhake.
"We initially estimated interest to number approximately 120 kaumātua, however, we have now received indicative interest from over 200 who will also be supported by carers and event personnel numbering another 50.
"The timing of Taipāhake is linked to our recognition of Puanga as a herald of te tau hou Māori. A time for whanaungatanga and wānanga, bringing people together in their respective rohe and together in Te Ara Whanaungatanga."
Kaumātua are traveling from Taumarunui and settlements all along Te Awa o Whanganui, Raetihi, Ōhākune, Waiōuru, Taihape, Marton, Bulls, Ratana, Whangaehu, Whanganui, Waverley and Patea. Most participate in iwi kaumātua groups that meet regularly from Ngāti Uenuku, Ngāti Rangi, Whanganui, Ngā Iwi o Mōkai Pātea, Ngāti Hauiti, Ngāti Apa, Ngā Wairiki, Ratana, Ngā Rauru Kītahi and other iwi.
Organisers would like to acknowledge and thank all those who have contributed to their kaupapa.
Kaumātua Kaunihera o Whanganui
Ngā Tai o te Awa
Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority
Whanganui District Health Board – Nutrition & Physical Activity, Injury Prevention, Te Hau Ranga Ora.
Whanganui Māori Sports Association
Te Kōtuku Hauora
Ngā Iwi o Mōkai Pātea
Ngāti Rangi Health
Te Puke Karanga Hauora
Te Waka Pu Whenua
Te Kura o Kokohuia
Te Whare Kura o Tupoho
Ngā Kura o Ngati Rangi, Te Wainui a Rua, Kokohuia, Marton Junction, Ratana and others