Kōrari Māori Public Health

Supporting whānau hauora through deliverable campaigns, initiatives, programmes and events that encourage positive health changes and strengthen cultural resiliency in Murihiku.

Kōrari is the Ngā Kete Matauranga Pounamu māori public health team. The name Kōrari is the name of the reed of a traditional Ngāi Tahu vessel that our tīpuna used to transport people and supplies by water. The mōkihi represents a mātauranga māori strength, empowerment and resiliency. Our mahi is presented through a Te Ao Māori lens and is guided by indigeneous knowledge, te reo me ona tīkanga and te taiao (the natural environment). Kōrari responds to the needs of the māori community, collaborates with other hāpori groups and organisations and keeps whānau at the centre of all mahi to support an overarching vision to see that Māori in Murihiku are well.


  • He Poha Oranga: Promotion of whānau health and wellbeing from pepī through to kaumātua.
  • Ōraka-Aparima Health and Wellness Stratgegy: Working with Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka around aspirations to improve whānau wellbeing therby ensuring healthy futures for the hapū. Our connections to our hāpori are strong. Ngā Kete Matauranga Pounamu is the mandated health and social services provider for Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka.
  • Kia Piki Te Ora: All Age Suicide Prevention for Māori: Kōrari is not an intervention service. We work with māori communities to strengthen protective factors that reduce the risk of whakamōmori (suicide).

Mahi a te mahi

M.A.N.A Make A Noise Aotearoa
A weekly radio show and podcast for whānau to access on air and online. The hauora focused show supports community health by providing education and information on relevent kaupapa, health and social services and hāpori events that suport whānau wellbeing. The team interview manuhiri each week about their mahi, service information and stories to promote whānau wellbeing.

Te Waka Taiohika o Murihiku Waka Ama
A rangatahi intiative delivered during the school year that utilises waka ama as a vessel for health for our young people. We work alongside schools and community groups to uplift their rangatahi through physical activity, connection to the natural environment, tīkanga and whakawhanaungatanga to encourage mental health resiliency. This kaupapa is guided by the Te Ara a Kewa Health Model.
If your rangatahi is interested in, or would like, more information about the kaupapa contact karina.davis-marsden@kaitahu.maori.nz 

Kaumātua KoriKori Tinana
A weekly group for Kaumātua hosted at Te Tomairangi Marae. This day at the marae supports the four walls of Te Whare Tapa Wha for our beautiful kaumātua.

  • Taha tinana through Taurite Tū, our strength and balance class, and nutritious kai.
  • Taha whānau through fellowship.
  • Taha wairua through connection to te ao māori at the marae (karakia, waiata, te reo me ona tīkanga).
  • Taha hinengaro as an incidental benefit.

Ki Uta Ki Tai Waka Ama Regatta
An annual event that promotes wellbeing for māori and other whānau through waka ama in Te Anau on Labour Weekend.

Moko Hauroa
To wear moko is to be proud to be Māori. Tā moko connects whānau to whakapapa and tells the story of the individual. Kōrari hosted four Kaitā (tā moko artists) at Takutai o te Tītī Marae in Colac Bay for a three day wānanga to share their mātauranga māori. This kaupapa strengthens cultural connection, identity and supports the well-being for our Ōraka Aparima whānau and the wider hāpori.
These are some of the whānau stories and photos from the wānanga.
The next event will be held 26-28 January 2024.

Te Manawa Whānau
An annual event that changes yearly hosted at Takutai o te Tītī Marae to connect whānau to each other and our māori spaces.

M.A.N.A. Radio Show - Nadine and Karina

M.A.N.A. - Make A Noise Aotearoa is a health and wellbeing programme and podcast for whānau wellness. M.A.N.A is about connecting whānau with information and organisations that support health and wellbeing. Brought to you by Kōrari Māori Public Health Team from Ngā Kete Matauranga Pounamu Trust! Find us on Radio Southland 96.4

Broadcast: Sunday 4.30pm and replays Monday 9pm
New episodes: Weekly
Runtime: 30 minutes