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Welcome to Whiringa-ā-Rangi / November

Welcome to November. We hope you have all been well and that you are making the most of some warmer weather and longer days. The count down to Christmas is on! In this months edition we have:

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Group Delivery With a Twist

This term we are delivering group sessions in a slightly different way. Due to the level 2 restrictions we are unable to hold our usual in person weekly activities, however we understand the importance of our clients' wellbeing. Throughout the next 7-8 weeks GRx whānau are partaking in a variety of physical activity and nutritional challenges which can be done at any time and in the comfort of their own home and space. We are already seeing whānau make some amazing changes on their healthy lifestyle journey.
If this is something you would like to know more about or be a part of please contact your Programme Advisor. Please note this is only available for our Lower Hutt and Wairarapa Green Prescription clients for the time being.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming Walking Groups in 2022!!

Utilising Our Environment to Provide 

Koanga (Spring) is a favourite time of the year to forage (search for kai) as there is an abundance of new growth.

There are so many reasons why you would forage:
  • Gain survival knowledge, learning through korero, visually seeking, watching where you step, team work.
  • Staying well & active with all those walks and adventures you could have over Spring and Summer - as Aotearoa has many FREE and beautiful walks that can be enjoyed by all levels of fitness. Not to mention the views, fresh air and kai you can collect along the way.
  • Identifying edible resources, as not all natural resources are edible, and this does take time and patience. This is a great way  for us to come together and learn more about our environment, ourselves and our whānau.

Our ancestors had excellent knowledge when it came to identifying and preparing wild foods and some of us are lucky enough to still have connections to the simpler way of living in utilising the environment to provide.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a garden - there are plenty of places you can forage. Every walk, every drive in our rural environment or tramp in the bush or river bed is an opportunity to seek and forage for kai.


Pūhā (Sonchus Kirkii)
The plant is tall and branching and can reach up to one metre with small dandelion-like flowers. You see it growing everywhere, on wasteland and by the side of the road. It's easy to prepare - steam or boil it like spinach.
This peppery flavoured source of folate, vitamin C and vitamin A grows in shallow, cold running water that's slightly alkaline. It's available all year, with high season May to December. It needs to be used promptly after picking.

Check out this easy beginners guide to foraging in your backyard. 

Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays 2022

Are you looking for some motivation to get moving this summer?

Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays 2022 has you covered! Our team at Nuku Ora are the proud organisers of this iconic Wellington event – it’s one of the biggest fun run/walks in Aotearoa! 

Every year we give our Green Prescription whānau a chance to enter in the event at a discounted rate! This year we want to help you and your loved ones get involved in the Metlink 6.5km Active Families category. In this category the kids (under 12yo) can hop on their scooters – and the adults just have to catch up! Buddies and wheelchairs are welcome too, so there’s an option for everyone.

Adults and 12yo + cost $5 each, and the little ones under 5yo are FREE! Let your Programme Advisor know if you are interested, and we will start to sort the registration process and money collection. The team will also look to organise walking groups, so raise your hand if you’re interested in those too!

Keep an eye out for more information in our upcoming newsletters.

Play Week
This month we celebrate Play Week from Monday 15th November through to Sunday 21st November. Play is very important and can make a positive impact on our tamariki's communication, social and motor skills. Play creates confidence in children and the best part about it, is you can do it anywhere and anytime. Check out some of our play tips and ideas below. Let's PLAY!!!

Kawhe Club Continuing
We have exciting news, the Kawhe (coffee) Club that ran during lockdown is now being taken over by one of our amazing clients. If you didn't join during the lockdown, kawhe club is an online platform, creating a safe space to connect, listen, and move. 

They are now on at 10:30 am on Thursdays. If you find yourself free at these times and want to chat with a hot kawhe let your Advisor know and we'll add you to the mailing list. 
Visit our Health and Wellbeing F.A.Q webpage

Delicious Recipes
Have you visited our Recipes Directory? We have everything from popular recipe books to Programme Advisor favourites! Check out these delicious crispy fish tacos. If you love avocado and blackened fish this recipe will become your summer favourite!

Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed lately? 
It is okay, to not feel okay.

If you feel like you would like to talk to someone or get some support about how you are feeling, click on the Mental Health Foundation picture below. There are a range of support services and help lines that can support you. 

Would you like to know more?

Head over to the Nuku Ora Active Health and Wellness page to find out more information otherwise contact your Programme Advisor, or email: or 0800 ACTIVE
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