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Ka Pai Kai healthy eating workshops reaching schools around East Cape

Nutritious kai and kōrero have proved “ka pai” with tamariki from some of the region's most remote schools.

As part of the region's manawakura approach to the Healthy Active Learning initiative funded by Sport New Zealand, Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti is making its way around the East Coast delivering Ka Pai Kai workshops that encourage tamariki (children) to grow up with positive eating attitudes and behaviours.

Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti kaimahi (staff) travelled to the top of the East Coast last week and joined Onepoto Bay-based manawakura adviser Shyla Drew-Taiapa for school/kura visits schools.

At Makarika School 14km south of Ruatoria, tamariki got creative in the kitchen and listened to kōrero (talk) about the Te Whare Tapa Wha Maori health model and how it related to kai and their growth.

Makarika School kaiako (teacher) Cali Morice said: “It was a great opportunity for our tamariki to put manaakitanga (hospitality/support) in action and explore new healthy kai options that were easy to make to the point where we had round two of this kai the following day made independently by our own tamariki.”

Three kai sessions took place at Te Waha o Rerekohu Area School in Te Araroa for students ranging from years 1 to 8.

Tamariki and rangatahi learned about vitamins, minerals and nutritious kai, and how these support learning and development.

Rerekohu School kaiako Lisa Rudland said: “We were so lucky to have koka Shyla (Drew-Taiapa), Koka Kate (Rhodes) and koka Tracey (Harkess) from Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti come along and share their knowledge about nutritional eating and how to look after our bodies and mind. We've got some future budding master chefs.”

A Lunch Box Session delivered by Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti to Tolaga Bay Area School prompted the Ka Pai Kai workshop kaupapa (principle/policy).

Since then, it has been delivered to schools at Potaka and Tikitiki.

The Ka Pai Kai workshops will continue along the Coast next year and will feature a more whānau-based approach by including whānau vs tamariki in a MasterChef challenge initiative.

BUDDING MASTER CHEF: Te Akau Tawera puts yummy ingredients into a blender while watched by Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti Manawakura adviser Shyla Drew Taiapa and Da'Jon Waru Hay Haenga. Picture supplied
NOM, NOM, NOM: Set to tuck into tasty treats as part of a Ka Pai Kai workshop held at Makarika School are, back row (from left) Makarika kaiako Cali Morice, Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti dietitian Kate Rhodes, SGT Manawakura adviser Shyla Drew-Taiapa and Nash Tawera. Front: Brodie Logan, Benson Whitehead, Te Akau Tawera, Da'Jon Waru Hay Haenga, Trinity Haerewa-Tibble and Kiara Olsen Te Puni. Picture supplied