Pā-Harakeke

The final stage of the Tohu Manawa Ora | Healthy Heart Award is Pā-Harakeke. Pā-Harakeke represents a blooming, sustainable and established practice. See what it takes to achieve Pā-Harakeke.

Pā-Harakeke recognises a flourishing healthy eating and physical activity environment, the impact of which extends beyond the immediate setting into the wider community.

With Pā-Harakeke your early learning service will weave healthy eating and physical activity practices sustainably into all aspects of your environment.

How does it work?

When you register for the Tohu Manawa Ora | Healthy Heart Award you’ll be assigned a Heart Foundation Nutrition Advisor who will help you achieve your award.

You’ll also get access to the Tohu Manawa Ora | Healthy Heart Award platform.

Each Tohu Manawa Ora | Healthy Heart Award stage is made up of seven strands. Each strand is about a different topic related to nutrition, physical activity and professional development.

Pā-Harakeke build on the strands completed in Whānau.

You’ll submit evidence for each strand to show us the  environment you have built or grown  for your community. Our team will review your work and offer tips along the way.

Timeframes

You’ll have two years to complete the stage.  

A year is a good timeframe to aim for to complete the stage. However, we know early learning services can get busy, so we allow two years to complete the award. We’ll be in touch with you along the journey to see how you’re doing and if you need support.

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Achieving Pā-Harakeke

When you complete and pass all strands in Pā-Harakeke your service will have achieved the following.

A Tohu Manawa Ora | Healthy Heart Award

You'll receive an award valid for two years. After that you can keep your sustainable practices in place by doing Pā-Harakeke again or try a different stage. You'll also get a special badge to display on your website.

Healthy eating and physical activity policies

You’ll have healthy eating and physical activity policies in place. Including guidelines for:

  • education
  • staff role modelling
  • professional development
  • healthy celebrations and fundraising
  • purchasing resources
  • breastfeeding
  • screen-use.

Menus and/or lunchbox guidelines

Your service will have a 4-week healthy menu or healthy lunchbox guidelines for whānau.

Curriculum updates

Regular healthy eating education and daily, planned physical activity will be in the curriculum which involves staff, whānau and captures an element of child’s voice.

Community engagement

You'll have regular support and engagement for whānau and the wider community around healthy eating and physical activity and about your Tohu Manawa Ora | Healthy Heart Award journey.

Resources

You'll have a variety of nutrition and physical activity resources for staff.

Professional development

Your service will have professional development plans and processes in place for new knowledge sharing and you’ll have attended professional development within the 2-year Tohu Manawa Ora | Healthy Heart Award enrolment period.

Register

Ready to join the Tohu Manawa Ora | Healthy Heart Award? Register your early learning service or talk to our team if you have any questions.

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