Written by
Brenda Harwood, Otago Daily Times

Exercise programme for over 50s launched at marae

Published on Mar 10, 2019

A new strength and balance exercise programme aimed specifically at people over 50 was launched at Ōtākou Marae last week.

The Taurite Tū - Stand Strong project is a joint initiative, driven by Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou, funded by the Health Research Council and supported by the University of Otago.

Project co-ordinator Kitty Brown said the launch marked the start of the development phase of Taurite Tū, which aimed to support people in a "new intentional and positive approach to wellbeing, designed especially for kaumātua''.

Ōtākou kaumātua at Taurite Tū with kaimahiŌtākou kaumātua and kaimahi 

"The launch helped us to begin the process of breathing life into the project. All the whanau who attended did the rest by bringing their enthusiasm,'' Mrs Brown said.

Project leader Katrina Bryant, who is based in the University of Otago physiotherapy department, and her team are now seeking people to sign up to participate in the Taurite Tū programme.

Taurite Tū is open to all people in the Dunedin community aged 55 years or over.

Those who sign up will be given a health assessment, and the 12-week strength and balance-based exercise programme will be designed according to their needs.

Classes will be rolled out from September and will be based at Ōtākou Marae on Otago Peninsula, Puketeraki Marae at Karitane and Te Kaika health centre in Caversham.

Mrs Brown said the exercises would focus on leg strength in particular, with the aim of helping people maintain good mobility and balance as they grew older.

People aged 55 plus who are interested in learning more, or being part of Taurite Tū, are welcome to email [email protected], phone 478-0352, or make contact via Facebook (facebook.com/tauritetu).

This story was published by the Otago Daily Times.