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Turning Tui Ora taiohi into gym bros

Turning Tui Ora taiohi into gym bros

Stepping into the gym for the first time can be daunting, but a new Tui Ora programme for taiohi eased their nerves and got them hooked.

The programme, Te Pikinga ā Tāne, is a six-week initiative designed to provide engaging activities and programs for Tui Ora taiohi (young people) and their whānau (families) throughout the year.

“It’s awesome for the young men to explore new avenues and opportunities, such as the introduction to the gym,” Ropata Haddon from the Tui Ora youth service, who developed the programme, said.

The gym-based programme ran from April 10 to May 1, focusing on holistic well-being.

“It has been remarkable to watch their camaraderie grow with each session. They have been encouraging and supporting one another, embodying the spirit of whanaungatanga and manaakitanga,” Sais Ropata

“The taiohi came from rough backgrounds and were longing for a sense of direction, so my aim was to improve each young person’s overall health and happiness.”

Ropata would drive to their house on the day of the weekly gym sessions, as sometimes they would need a bit of friendly encouragement to come along.

“In the car, we would chat about anything such as how they were feeling, and what they needed help with. It makes them feel validated.”

The whole Tui Ora Youth Services team jumped in to support the kaupapa, with Mātanga Taiohi Ora Kyle Ratapu giving an introduction to Mau Rākau, and Kaimahi taiohi Regan Hayman always keen to help the youth step out of their comfort zones.

Although some of the tāne were unable to finish the course due to finding work, Azaranen Walker and Ryder Pennington stayed until the end.

The last session involved rigorous circuit training with Rampage Gym Personal Trainer Rocky Robinson, and a free-for-all at the end to test out what they had learnt over the last 6-weeks.

Ropata’s next mission is to get the taiohi a gym membership.

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