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  • Four Vanguard rangatahi tell their stories - Story Four: Josephine
    Josephine Newton had to leave her family and her home in order to live her best life. Now she works in a restaurant at night to support herself, pay rent, buy food and attend school. See how Vanguard helped her to achieve the education that is so important to her.
    Posted: Monday 10 September 2018
  • The MOKO Foundation is on the lookout for new Trustees
    The Foundation is seeking to recruit board members who can not only work to further develop the above initiatives, but develop and maintain key partnerships that contribute to the organisation in a meaningful and valuable way. Our board will also ensure our long term growth is sustainable and promotes the cultural, economic, social, health and environmental aspirations of all stakeholders.
    Posted: Monday 10 September 2018
  • Four Vanguard rangatahi tell their stories - Story Three: Bradley
    Bradley lost his mother recently and before she passed away he made her a promise – now he’s focussed on fulfilling that promise at Vanguard Military School.
    Posted: Friday 7 September 2018
  • Four Vanguard rangatahi tell their stories - Story Two: Josie
    Josie had a baby when she was young and she had to make a hard decision in order to get her life back on track – see how the physical challenges she faced at Vanguard helped her to overcome her fears and enjoy the success of achievement.
    Posted: Thursday 6 September 2018
  • Four Vanguard rangatahi tell their stories - Story One: Parris
    Parris is a 17 year old student at Vanguard Military School doing NCEA Level 3. Six years ago her world fell apart and she started self-harming in response. Now she travels 4 hours every day to attend the school that has changed her life.
    Posted: Wednesday 5 September 2018
  • Health Research Partnerships
    It was awesome to be a part of a special day last week in the rohe of Ngati Porou with the launch of their new community based research centre "Te Rangawairua o Paratene Ngata".

    This was the vision of the late Dr Paratene Ngata, to bring research into communities and for it to be driven by the people for the people in order to improve future health outcomes.

    The support of the Maurice Wilkins Research Centre along with both Otago and Auckland Universities has been invaluable.

    This comes at a good time with the launch of Kaitaia's very own health research centre "Waharoa ki te Toi" being next week (17th of August) 5pm at Kaitaia hospital. It is an open invite to the public where we are explaining what research will be coming to kaitaia and the benefits it can bring to our community.

    Nau mai kake mai!
    Posted: Saturday 18 August 2018
  • Mentor joins Hawea Vercoe Leadership Programme
    We welcome Kaye-Maree Dunn as a mentor on our Hawea Vercoe Leadership Programme.

    Kaye-Maree is the Director of Indigital Blockchain Ltd. She is an entrepreneur and proud māmā from Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Te Rangikoianaake, Ngāti Mahanga me Ngāi Tāmanuhiri and resides in Wainuiomata Wellington. She is fascinated with family, community and technology and has been working in the realm of Maori Community and Enterprise development for over 16 years.
    When asked for advice on overcoming setbacks, Kaye-Maree had this to say, “Breathe, find a peaceful place to sit and reflect, identify where you made some mis-steps and set up a strategy to start again, this time find more support and also monitor the outcome of changing either your mindset, your practice, your approach or your kōrero, Once you nail that, rinse and repeat. Remember, you’re never alone and we are our greatest obstacle if we let ourselves wallow in self-doubt”.

    The Hawea Vercoe Leadership Programme is focused on increasing strong leadership, education and employment through quality mentoring, internship and volunteering opportunities. Our Hawea Vercoe Leadership Programme is a tribute to the late Hawea Vercoe, former principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Rotoiti.
    Posted: Saturday 18 August 2018
  • Leadership Summit - Save the Date
    Rangatahi mā, save the date of 20th September as we bring you another leadership summit in collaboration with Young Professionals of Kaitaia.
    Young Professionals of Kaitaia are a non-profit group aiming to inspire Far North communities to strive for their full potential. For relatable career advice from professionals in the industry, check them out here

    Ko koe te anga mua, whakarangatirahia te tokorua.
    You are the future. Make both great.
    Posted: Wednesday 8 August 2018
  • Clinical Associate Appointed
    Dr Lance O'Sullivan is the newly appointed Clinical Associate at Maurice Wilkins Centre as part of MOKO Foundation's ongoing health research partnership with them. Stay posted as we bring you more events and projects in the regions in partnership with Maurice Wilkins Centre.
    Posted: Monday 6 August 2018
  • Animation Workshop for Rangatahi
    A few lucky rangatahi from the Far North have the privilege of being taught digital animation today by Nikora Ngaropo and his team from Young Animators. This is a part of our Mobile Innovation Hub supported by the Vodafone Foundation & Te Whare Hukahuka to teach digital tech to the next generation.

    #Younganimators #MOKOfoundation #TeWhareHukahuka #WETAworkshop
    Posted: Monday 25 June 2018
  • Today in Moko mail... BRAIN MODELS
    From The University of Otago Department of Anatomy.
    These will be used by our Year 11 Brain Bee tauira, from Kaitaia through to Kaikohe, in preparation for round 2 of The The University of Auckland Brain Bee Challenge on July 5th at The University of Auckland, Grafton Campus. Thank you to our contacts from The Maurice Wilkins Centre for making this happen!
    Posted: Thursday 7 June 2018
  • Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku | Small changes have a Big Impact
    We are lucky here at MOKO, and constantly reminded so, by small (yet big) gestures like this one right here. Here is a koha we received from our social work student, the wonderful, Jamie Emery. In prep for Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku, we have been given taonga sourced from local Kaitaia beeswax wrap and bag makers FNEC EcoCentre Kaitaia and a Kawakawa beeswax wrap maker too. Also, we now have our own copy of Pig Tits & Parsley Sauce, a little book of goodness with hints to saving and living sustainably, written by one of our Pukepoto Kaitaia local’s. In saying this, our prep for PKP is going pretty mean! But how’s yours going? Let us know whānau
    Posted: Friday 1 June 2018
  • MOKO Foundation Youth Leadership Summit
    Handpicked students from a group of high schools gathered at Papatuanuku Kokiri Marae in South Auckland today to hear from members of the UN Indigenous Youth delegation He Kuaka Mārangaranga.
    Posted: Thursday 24 May 2018
  • Great white shark dissection
    Dr Lance O'Sullivan discovered a white shark washed up on Great Exhibition Bay and immediately thought of the great learning opportunities for youth of the far north to observe a necropsy.
    Posted: Thursday 3 May 2018
  • CREBRF Study together with Mavericks Rugby League team
    This research will contribute to a greater understanding of why some populations are more at risk of developing health conditions like diabetes, in comparison to others.
    Posted: Tuesday 1 May 2018
  • The Moko Foundation Health Research
    "The Sugar in Schools Study - The secrets of sugar" is based on a research study we are currently running in the Far North- if you, your tamariki or someone you know is a part of this study check out our video.
    Posted: Monday 30 April 2018
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Information Evening
    The Moko Foundation is thrilled to announce an information evening with ENT Nurse Specialist Marg Hunt. The event will be held at The Moko Foundation Base at 27 Commerce Street, Kaitaia. It is an awesome opportunity for all whanau to come and listen, ask questions and share stories. Alternatively, The Moko Foundation will be Live Streaming the evening incase you are unable to make it on the night.
    Posted: Friday 13 April 2018
  • United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
    Keep updated with the journey of He Kuaka Māranganga & The Moko Foundation to New York United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues via Facebook.
    Posted: Friday 13 April 2018
  • Hawea Vercoe Leadership Programme
    We welcome three new mentors Erena Wikaire, Kingi Snelgar and Dr David Jansen on to our Hawea Vercoe Leadership Programme.

    The Hawea Vercoe Leadership Programme is focused on increasing strong leadership, education and employment through quality mentoring, internship and volunteering opportunities.
    Posted: Friday 13 April 2018
  • Tai Tamariki Atawhai | Te Houtaewa Challenge
    Vincent Rudolph is behind The Moko Foundation's Tai Tamariki Atawhai Programme. Throughout the course of a few months, we have seen a huge boost in confidence as the boys tackle everyday life with it's challenges and rewards.
    Posted: Friday 13 April 2018
  • Fructose Research Kaitaia
    Resident research coordinator Rhiaan Smith (no Pewhairangi) is keeping us entertained in the office today with her interactive Fructose in Schools mahi. Rhiaan is part of the ground-breaking research team in partnership with the Maurice Wilkins Centre whereby she works with schools in the Far North to find out how fructose affects the body and why some people may be more likely to absorb fructose than others. The project is run in several towns and next week we will be in our local Kaitaia kura. Keep an eye out here to follow Rhiaan on her research journey.
    Posted: Thursday 15 March 2018

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