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Exercise using Maori Folklore

Quick Overview

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These video clips were developed with Dr. Ihirangi Heke, Toi Tangata and Te Papa Takaro o Te Arawa. These video clips demonstrate the essence of the Atua Matua approach to improve Māori health innovation through culturally relevant interpretations of Māori information. They give an insight into the whakapapa of different Atua and the connection to contemporary physical activity. For more information, visit our website

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Health Professional Review

Health Professional Reviewer: Teresa Manahi – Clinical Manager and Mobile Māori Nurse, Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora

Date reviewed: 17th March 2017

Title: Toi Tangata Atua Matua Framework

Author: Dr Ihirangi Heke

Publication date: 2016

Resource: Self-help Yout Tube Videos

Target audience: Māori

Level: Intermediate

Strengthening exercise and movement in correlation to Maori folklore. Using the Kahu (New Zealand Swamp Harrier), Ro-Tane (stick insect) and Whai (Stingray) as the key points of movement. I have put this resource at a Level of intermediate as although the content is basic to understand the exercises are not.

Strengths and weaknesses of the videos:
The clips are well presented and in a manner that is relatable to Māori. It is not shot or edited as professionally as it could have been, however is still engaging. Due to Māori being over represented in obese related illnesses any exercise or movement initiatives can only be of great therapeutic value, although the clips are very short the Whare tapa Wha model is well covered.


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