April 7, 2022, 4 p.m.
A husband and wife duo from Kaitaia have successfully built an online fitness community serving people from Te Hiku o Te Ika, and even as far south as Taranaki.
Tama Tū and Hine Tū are fitness and well-being programs created to stand alongside each other. Tama Tū focussing and supporting men’s health and Hine Tū for women and mothers. Initially formed organically through social media, their purpose was primarily to develop healthy habits and participate in daily tasks, including morning 'Zoom' workouts.
“Hine Tū and Tama Tū, we worked off the model utilising Dr Mason Durie ‘Whare Tapa Whā’ approach, but with our committee we also acknowledged that te taiāo was a big part of who we are as Māori and being able to reconnect to our whenua, our kāinga, our moana and all the different aspect of te taiāo.
“Tama Tū, Tama Ora, to me is a philosophy based on how our tūpuna used to live, where one has to be active to survive. If not active, one will perish. Not only for themselves but for their family, their wider community, their tribal boundaries in terms of their kin and their relationships they have with other tribal groups too. So Tama Tū, Tama Ora - starting with yourself to be that contributor to the wider group and the wider collective” Pene says.
They have successfully completed two rounds of 6-week challenges with their third challenge expected to start soon. They are currently doing a four week challenge that all members of the public can join in too.
What makes this fitness community unique is their inclusion of Te Reo Māori, the only language spoken for the duration of the challenge including correspondence between members.
“We have a reo sub-committee that helps us with our whakataukī, he mātanga o roto i te āo māori e Reo Māori ki roto i a mātou o Te Hiku o Te Ika, ko tētahi, ko he wahine pukenga rau, that’s highlighting the many talents that our wāhine play inside their own whānau, inside their kāinga, inside our communities” Te Irirangi says.