JUST COOK Oranga Kai June 2022

Glad to report another successful JUST COOK Oranga Kai programme in Whakatāne. Oranga Kai is our Healthy Ageing Programme adapted to the needs of the Eastern Bay Village Community! All participants and members thoroughly enjoyed and were extremely thankful for the experience. This programme was held in central Whakatane with participants travelling in from surrounding areas such as Kawerau, Ruatoki and Edgecumbe. Jo Tahuri (Pou Ārahi from Eastern Bay Villages) was our wonderful facilitator.

There were a total of 12 participants. Each participant was given a resource book of recipes and handouts, a bean sprout growing kit, a portion serving plate, a toi te kupu book of English to Māori cooking and a selection of New Zealand Heart Foundation recipe books. The sessions cover helpful nutrition and cooking tips such as cooking on a budget, reading food labels, and meal planning followed by preparing and sharing a meal together.

On the final day, everyone chose a healthy recipe (that they had never cooked before) to prepare at home and bring along for a shared lunch. Two Eastern Bay Villages members attended and supported the programme in one way or another: cooking, shopping, gentle exercise demonstration, and sharing food knowledge.

Ka rawe to all the participants for their enthusiasm and feedback and a huge thank you to facilitator Jo for all your mahi!

Last modified: July 11, 2022