Fun and whakawhanaungatanga were had by all at the inaugural Kaumatua games held last week (May 20).

With over 70 participants, including a roopu who travelled over from Kaikohe, enjoying the day’s challenges and activities, the event was a resounding success.

Warm up routines, games, dancing and singing were all a part of the atmosphere for Kaumatua, ranging in age from 62 years, right up to the eldest participant who was 89.

Te Rangi Aniwaniwa’s gymnasium facility catered for the indoor games with ease and senior students from the kura were on hand to tautoko our kaumatua, demonstrating a high level of care and manaakitanga to the participants.

In a fun and safe environment, Kaumatua displayed strength, agility and initiative with a number of first time attendees taking the opportunity to enrol on the Korikori A Kaumatua programme as an initiative towards increasing their own hauora.

Te Hiku Hauora Health Promotion and Mobile Nursing teams were on hand to support the even, along with Manuera Riwai from Gym Central and Perry Hanara who did a great job as the MCs of the day.

Te Hiku Hauora Korikori A Kaumatua kaimahi Roberta McLean said she couldn’t be happier with how the day went and hopes to make the Games an annual event.

Participant Nina Rosenberg-Tahana added, “We all had a wonderful day. Thanks to the organisers and the many sponsors.”