#HĀKINAKINA To Learn, To Grow, To Succeed

Mauri tū mauri ora.  An active soul is a healthy soul.

We have been a successful provider of Moving the Māori Nation - an initiative from the Minister of Māori Development and Whānau Ora, Te Ururoa Flavell, in response to the shocking obesity rates amongst Māori and Pacific people in New Zealand.

#HĀKINAKINA is our brand to distinguish our programme from others throughout the rohe.  We are dedicated to reversing the dangerous trend of non-active tamariki and their whānau.  Our facilities, programmes and services aim to empower tamariki by helping mobilise them towards increased participation in sports, physical and cultural activities and to support them to acquire the necessary skills and confidence for a positive self-image.

Champions Programme

Whānau Fitness Classes

Champions Programme

We developed the Hākinakina Champions Programme in 2015 to enhance in a safe and nurturing environment the natural sporting attributes of taitamariki aged between 8 and 14 years.

Our Champions Programme aims to build excellence in Sport and Education.  The overarching objective of our programme is to teach strong work ethics within a kaupapa Māori model of practice, with sports as the tool to motivation.  This in turn enables taitamariki from all backgrounds the opportunity to excel in education and sport.

Each taitamariki is mentored and supported with fitness, health and wellbeing and learns about pathways in education.

WHEN:   Every Monday and Wednesday during the school term, 6-8am

WHERE:  Otangarei City Rugby Club Gymnasium, 10 Matai Street, Otangarei (the entrance is located on the far left of the building)

#HĀKINAKINA welcomes enrolment for your taitamariki.  Call in to the office for an enrolment form.



  1. To operate a programme that constantly challenges our taitamariki to set goals and work towards achieving them.

  2. To enhance students' wellbeing through the 13 virtues of Ngāpuhi.

  3. To demonstrate the value of good work ethics in the sporting arena.


  1. Identifying young athletes and whānau with the desire and commitment to reach their goals.

  2. Providing academic and sporting pathways for our taitamariki.

  3. Creating an environment where Māori values and success are the culture.

Whanau Fitness Classes

#HĀKINAKINA Fitness Club is where whānau can find support and further information on sporting clinics, nutritional advice and healthy eating.  Whānau also have the opportunity to join our free exercise and fitness classes, including access to a boxing bag workout room and the most up-to-date RPM class in town - OURS!

Whānau Fitness Classes and Schedule will be available online soon.

Note: All classes require a quick enrolment upon arrival at your second class.

Marcelle - Pou Hākinakina

Marcelle has been an active member in and around the Otangarei community all his life and is a staunch supporter of the Otangarei City Rugby Club.  He is dedicated to helping our whānau and taitamariki to strive for and achieve their sporting and fitness goals through participation and action.  Marcelle and his wife, Bronwyn, have three children who are all sporting enthusiasts.  If you don’t see Marcelle in the gym coaching fitness classes, you will find him coaching his young City Rugby team and Rugby Rep’s team during the rugby season.