Tane Takitu Ake Service

Māori men helping Māori men

Tane Takitu Ake

“Tane Takitu Ake” which means “to stand up together as men” The focus of this innovative programme is Māori men helping Māori men with high health and social needs to realise their full potential.

We believe the answer lies within our past and returning to basic yet simple life principles to help us in the future.

Connecting through culture and key teachings will provide the pathway for men to gain improved health and wellbeing.

Above all it also gives the men the opportunity to become leaders in their home, to be good partners, good fathers so that the whanau will flourish.

Tāne Takitu Ake will take participating men on a journey that is supported by the Pae Whiriwhiri, their peers in the programme, and those who have previously engaged with the programme.

Through the combination of wānanga, physical activity, peer support and holistic support Tane Takitu Ake will encourage tāne and their whānau to improve all four aspects of their health;whānau (family health), tinana (physical health), hinengaro (mental health) and wairua (spiritual health), so that they may realise and optimise their role in their whānau and their community.

How we can help

  • Tāne will gain an understanding of their health conditions and develops the skills of self-management.
  • Tāne and their whānau to be linked to the services that can assist them to improve their health and social situation.
  • Tāne will gain skills and knowledge of Māori culture to confidently sustain healthy behaviors within a whānau and community environment.
  • Tāne have the opportunity to participate in physical activity programme that introduces them to activities that will assist in improving their health through sustained behavioural change.
  • Tāne will have the opportunity to develop peer networks that will support them to sustain positive gains.

Key Objectives of this Programme

  • To advance Whānau Ora and affirm positive Māori approaches that improve Māori health outcomes.
  • To promote Māori service delivery systems that value health and social service collaboration.
  • To employ whānau centred interventions which are less reliant on formal health systems.
  • To promote service models that address the needs of whānau, hapu, iwi and Māori communities.
  • To enhance physical, spiritual, mental and emotional health – giving whānau control over their own destinies.