Community and social networks

Many people living with long term conditions have had positive experience and value being part of a group of people with similar health conditions and/or similar interests. The health and wellness gains of many of the participants have been significant.

Here you will be able to find out about some of these initiatives in New Zealand. We know that there are many more. If you know of a group or programme in your area, please let us know by contacting   

Le Va

Our purpose is to support Pasifika families and communities to unleash their full potential and have the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes.


Presentation can be viewed here.

Tane Takitu Ake

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.

Presentation can be viewed here.

Diabetes Be Active Programme

Sport Canterbury in partnership with primary care and Green Prescription run a gym based programme for people with type 2 diabetes. More information about the programme can be found in this presentation.

More information about Sport Canterbury can be found on their website.

Brown Buttabean

New Zealand group BBM Motivation was started to help Māori and Pasifika people live healthier lives and set an example for their family/whānau and friends. More information on their Facebook page.

Well Connected NZ

The focus of this project is on how people with long term conditions can develop and maintain meaningful social connection with others in their community which in turn have enabled improved health outcomes. More information on their website.

Ta Taipakeke

A gym-based Community Support Programme in the Rotorua area. Read here.

Hora Te Pai exercise and wellness programme

Robyn is a community health worker at Hora Te Pai Health Services, based at Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast, north of Wellington. Robyn describes the Hora Te Pai Exercise and Wellness Programme, which has become a popular programme for the local community. Read more.

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