Manaora Rangatahi Guidelines: Empowering Health and Wellbeing

Nourishing Hawke’s Bay recognised the vital importance of empowering rangatahi (youth) with holistic health and wellbeing guidelines. While the Ministry of Health provided a foundation with New Zealand guidelines for children’s healthy eating and activity, there were significant gaps. Mātauranga Māori wasn’t embedded, sustainability was often overlooked, and messages failed to resonate deeply with youth. There was also a crucial need for wider wellbeing guidance covering exercise and screen time.

Several Manaora Rangatahi Guidelines Health and Wellbeing Noho immersive experiences were conducted, bringing together Year 12 students, both Māori and non-Māori. During these Noho, rangatahi engaged in various activities and workshops, delving into nutrition, sustainability, physical activity, building confidence, self-expression, and cultural enrichment. The highlight was the creation and refinement of the Manaora Rangatahi Guidelines for Nutrition and Wellbeing, which consisted of 20 powerful messages emphasising holistic wellbeing.

The Noho were transformative events, inspiring personal growth, meaningful connections, and memorable experiences for the rangatahi. As the project wrapped up with a final wānanga, it was hoped that these guidelines would continue to impact and support youth through the efforts of those who were involved.