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!