In early August this year, Healthy Families Rotorua presented a Maramataka Wānanga as the first step in a response to the Rotorua Community’s desire to learn more about Maramataka – a Maori system. The Maramataka Advisory group was formed following the first wānanga and is made up of Maramataka enthusiasts and knowledgeable individuals to help guide the return of Maramataka in Rotorua.
Since that first wānanga, Healthy Families Rotorua supported 6 community champions (as pictured above) to attend the wananga led by Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura where further knowledge and application was shared.
As a result of attending these wananga, the focus for the Healthy Families Rotorua team has been to apply Maramataka in day to day activities – at home, in the office and across the collaborative work the team are involved in with the wider community. This has included integrating Maramataka in the work of Te Arawa Whanau Ora, thereby influencing practice and culture at an application level.
The aim of learning and applying Maramataka is to normalize the return of traditional Maori systems that encourage and assist in building healthier environments where we live, learn, work and play. With the guidance and assistance of the Maramataka Advisory group a beginners guide that is simple and practical to apply is being developed.