A mid-winter Xmas celebration was held in Kaitaia on Wednesday, July 8 to recognise kaumatua who are part of the Korikori A Kaumatua (Activity and Nutrition) programme that has been running at Te Hiku Hauora for over five years.

The roopu meet weekly to take part in physical activities which maintain their overall health and well being.

Awards were given to everyone for their commitment to the roopu and each individual received a CD which has a self instructing dance they can use at home to keep fit.

The Healthy Lifestyle Award went to 79 year old John Sommerville and his wife Merlyn Sommerville who participate in all local active events. John just loves the service so much since joining in January this year he has participated in four major active events in the community and is working towards entering the Cape to Kaitaia cycle event 2016.

The “Korikori Highest Achievement Award” went to Georgina Bellass for her dedication to her health goals. She first started using a walking frame and then to walking stick and is now practically running on her own two feet.

The luncheon strengthens this roopu’s health goals as it provided a forum to acknowledge those kaumatua who have achieved and for them to acknowledge Te Hiku Hauora for running the service.

For those that are interested in joining, please contact Roberta at Te Hiku Hauora on (09) 408 4024.