Kauma¯tua turn up the heat in Te Aroha


For Hari­ata Adams, en­cour­ag­ing the elderly to get out and ac­tive is some­thing she is pas­sion­ate about.

One way she does this is by or­gan­is­ing Kauma¯tua Olympics in her role as kauma¯tua pro­gramme ser­vices co-or­di­na­tor at Te Korowai Hauora o Hau­raki.

This year, 16 teams of 10 kauma¯tua from as far afield as Taranaki didn’t let the cold weather get in the way of hav­ing fun, when they came to­gether for the fourth bi-an­nual Te Korowai Hauora o Hau­raki Kauma¯tua Olympics in Te Aroha.

Kauma¯tua bat­tled it out for the pres­ti­gious Marutu¯ahu, Moe­hau and Te Aroha taonga (tro­phies).

While the com­pe­ti­tion was fierce, the walls of the Silver Fern Farms Events Cen­tre in Te Aroha came alive to the sound of mu­sic, laugh­ter, chat­ter and lost mar­bles as kauma¯tua tack­led a num­ber of dif­fer­ent games from corn toss and mem­ory, to cups and the much-loved Noo­dle Hockey.

But in the end there could only be one win­ner and Raukawa Matua Ho­mai Uer­ata got to take the Marutu¯ahu Tro­phy home, while Nga¯ti Ma­niapoto Marae Pact Trust 1 took home the Moe­hau Taonga in sec­ond place and 2016’s win­ner Whanga­mata Orca set­tling for third place equal this year.

Adams said the event up­holds the Te Korowai Hauora o Hau- raki vi­sion of Hau­raki as a Healthy Na­tion and their val­ues of Whanaun­gatanga, Mana¯ki­tanga and Ko­tahi­tanga – work­ing along­side and car­ing for each other.

‘‘It is about Wha¯nau Ora and en­sur­ing we pro­vide ser­vices that wrap around our wha¯nau and sup­port their as­pi­ra­tions to­ward well­ness,’’ she said.

‘‘We want our kauma¯tua to know that there is life out­side of the house and TV and that they can get out and do things in the com­mu­nity.’’

The first Kauma¯tua Olympics was held in Thames in 2012, then in Whangama¯ta in 2014 and Paeroa in 2016.

This year, teams came from Taranaki (4), Ma­niapoto (3), Hamil­ton (2), Tau­ranga and Toko­roa (1 each) and Hau­raki (5).

The taonga were de­signed by Darin Jenk­ins and carved by Joseph Ihaia.


Noo­dle Hockey was a pop­u­lar game at Te Korowai Hauora o Hau­raki Kau­matua Olympics at Silver Fern Farms Events Cen­tre in Te Aroha.

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