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.