No hot chips or candy floss: healthy kai policy at Polyfest Māori village

Press Release – Polyfest
Attendees at this week’s Polyfest are in for a deliciously healthy time with a new kai policy and boosted health activities and information on hand. Leading the health charge is Te Runanga o Ngāti Whātua alongside Raukura Hauora o Tainui, Huakina Development Trust and Te Whānau o Waipareira.

The new focus has culminated in a healthy kai policy for the Māori village. The policy includes a MUST NOT be sold food policy for hot chips, kumara chips, hot dogs on a stick, candy floss and pies. In addition, ASB alongside Te Runanga o Ngāti Whātua and other health organisers will work to develop healthy drink options and culturally appropriate messaging around good kai. Antony Thompson of Te Runanga o Ngāti Whātua is pleased to support the development of healthy policies, “This outcome shows that ASB are committed to making the festival an environment where it is easy for rangatahi and their whānau to make healthy kai choices”.

“Māori are twice as likely as other kiwis to develop diabetes related mamae so it’s our goal to lead change by developing a healthy kai policy. We are walking the talk at the ASB polyfest by role modelling change” says Mr Thompson. Hauora stalls in the Māori village will also focus on rangatahi wellness through Tupeka Kore 2025 – taking rangatahi and their whānau on the journey towards Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025, and gathering the opinions of rangatahi on alcohol and drug harm minimisation to inform local and regional policy development.

We all hope to see you at the Manukau Sports Bowl on the 13th to the 16th of March to support rangatahi and their kapa haka performances and to enjoy reka healthy kai!

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1 comment:

  1. Rebecca, 18. March 2013, 10:35

    Healthy kai policy at Maori village .

    How delusional are these Maori organisations. Yes they may have incorporated the Healthy Kai policy however did not enforce this policy on the stall holders. There were stalls that sold big bottles of soft drink, packet chips not the small bags either, assortment of chocolate bars and toffee apples. One of the main delights that I could see everyone purchasing was half a watermelon with four large scoops of icecream and wafers on top.
    How does this constitutes healthy kai as this was enough portions to feed four people. If we were going for the healthy options, did the watermelon really need the icecream? It is interesting to note that Kumara chips and mini cinnamon donuts were banned, however Kumara donuts were somehow deemed to be acceptable. I found it difficult to find a healthy food options that didn’t have sugar in it, or fried food or incredibly large portions.
    I will commend these organisations on introducing a health kai policy; however let’s give our tamariki and whanau clear messages on portion sizes, sugar addiction. Challenge the stall holders to come up with healthy menus on the day.