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Celebrating the Muriwhenua Wellbeing Festival

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The inaugural Muriwhenua Wellbeing Festival was a vibrant and joyous event held earlier this year at Kaitāia’s Te Ahu Centre, organised by Te Hiku Hauora. This significant occasion brought together 30 different hauora organisations from the north, showcasing the extensive range of services available to whānau in Muriwhenua aimed at enhancing wellbeing.

The festival was an incredible success, with around 400 people in attendance, making it one of the largest turnouts for a wellbeing-focused event in the region. The atmosphere was electric, filled with laughter, learning, and a strong sense of kotahitanga. The highlight of the day was the sense of unity and togetherness, demonstrating that we are much stronger when we work as one.

Te Hiku Hauora CEO, Maria Baker, highlighted the importance of the event in connecting whānau to local health services.

“This is about people in our community who are doing mahi on the ground that’s focused on wellbeing. We’re really looking forward to who we have coming and just being able to get some learnings at the end about how we can work better with each other to support each other to be able to be available to the community,” she said.

The festival featured numerous door prizes and giveaways, adding an element of fun and excitement to the day. Attendees engaged in kōrero with local providers, gaining insights into their whānau hauora needs and the resources available to support them. The event was packed with engaging activities that offered a glimpse into the myriad possibilities for enhancing wellbeing in our community.

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The success of this inaugural festival has set a high benchmark for future events. We are thrilled to announce that another Muriwhenua Wellbeing Festival is already in the planning stages for later this year. This upcoming festival promises to be even bigger and better, building on the momentum and learnings from the first event. We are committed to creating an even more exciting and impactful experience for all who attend.

Te Hiku Hauora extends a huge mihi to all of the hauora organisations that participated and contributed to the success of the festival. The true success lies in the collective efforts of every hauora community organisation involved. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa for your dedication and support in making this day a remarkable celebration of health and wellbeing.

Stay tuned for more updates on the next Muriwhenua Wellbeing Festival. We look forward to seeing you there and continuing our journey towards a healthier, thriving community.

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