“It’s about all of us
leading healthy change in the places
we live, learn, work and play.”

Mapihi Raharuhi | Manager

Mapihi Raharuhi (Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Makino, Ngati Kea/Tuara, Ngati Waiora) is Manager for Healthy Families Rotorua and tasked with influencing current community health promotion investment to facilitate a coordinated local effort which ensures the community is engaged in decision making about how to take action on their health.

Mapihi returned home to Rotorua in October 2016 after several years in Wellington where she held the lead role for Waka Hourua, a suicide prevention programme for Maori and Pasifika communities run by Te Rau Matatini Trust in partnership with Le Va. She is a qualified and experienced social worker, and is currently studying towards a Master of Indigenous Studies through Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi.

I am grateful to serve our communities to implement the kaupapa of leadership. My aim is to apply Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie’s view that a team’s success depends not only on the leader, but also on everyone in the team moving in the same direction.

He aroha whakato, he aroha puta mai – If kindness is sown, then kindness you shall receive.

Ashleigh Grant | Partnerships Advisor – SLG & Partnerships

Ashleigh Grant (Te Arawa, Tuwharetoa, Nga Rauru, Ngati Ruanui) has a dual role within Healthy Families Rotorua as Partnerships & Engagements as well as administration to the team and Strategic Leaders Group. Her responsibilities include delivering tailored support in the areas of finance, meeting management and administration, as well as enhancing community engagement and Partner participation with Healthy Families Rotorua.

Ashleigh graduated with a Bachelor of Management Studies double majoring in International Management and Public Relations from Waikato University in 2013. She completed a Certificate in Fitness the same year and is a certified L1 CrossFit trainer. Ashleigh graduated from Maori martial arts school Te Whare Tu Taua o Matarua in 2009 and went on to become a tutor for year one students. She is also the female leader of top Rotorua senior kapa haka group Nga Uri o Te Whanoa.

I hope that one day a generation of tamariki will have to ask about all of the disease that has plagued our people because it is unknown to them. It is only then that we will know we made a difference


Lani Kereopa | Partnerships & Engagements Coordinator

Lani Kereopa (Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Wahiao, Tuhourangi, Ngati Tarawhai) is Partnerships & Engagement Coordinator and responsible for managing and delivering tailored local level communications, and supporting community engagement and participation in creating healthier local environments.

Lani graduated with a National Diploma in Journalism from Waiariki Institute of Technology in 2000 and has worked extensively in the media and communications industries locally. She also lectured in journalism at Waiariki for six years.

I love everything about Rotorua and especially raising my children in our ancestral village of Ohinemutu. I am passionate about Maori affairs, and I love writing positive Maori stories because it’s my way of expressing my love & pride for my people, our culture and beautiful whenua. The other passions in my life are my children, and pretty much just living life to the fullest. I joined the Healthy Families Rotorua team because I support the kaupapa, and am really excited about all I‘m learning around nutrition and exercise while working with such talented and knowledgeable people.

Pollyanne Taare | Settings Manager

Pollyanne Taare (Ngati Porou) is Settings Manager and responsible for working with health promotion practitioners to create supportive environments within local workplaces, schools and early childhood centres to help people make healthier lifestyle choices and prevent chronic disease.

Pollyanne has worked as a health promoter for 11 years in both hauora Maori and mainstream health. Before that, she worked in Optometry for eight years gaining a Diploma in Ophthalmic Practice Management, was in the military for seven years, and lived in London for two years working as a caterer and recruitment consultant. She is a London City & Guilds qualified caterer, has a Diploma in Nutrition and is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Human Resource Management. Pollyanne has travelled to 15 different countries!

I’m an East Coast girl, born and bred in Tikitiki, and a mother of two. I’m a retired triathlete (that makes me sound fit in a former life), and love all forms of physical activity. I play golf (now that I’m too old and slow for competitive hockey) and I’m learning to surf (although I’m yet to catch a proper wave). I love anything to do with protecting Papatuanuku and my hobbies include sport, creating kai, and trying to play an ornamental ukulele I bought in Rarotonga. I love my kids and my whanau, and am a strong believer in the power of the Universal Law of Attraction.

Julia Coates | Kaihāpai Hauora

Community Health Adviser

Julia Erena Coates (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau, Tūhourangi) is a Healthy Families Rotorua Kaihapai Hauora – Community Health Adviser and is responsible for assisting early childhood services, schools, workplaces and other key community settings in the Rotorua district to become health promoting environments.

Julia grew up in Te Teko and the wider Eastern Bay of Plenty before moving to Dunedin to study. In 2012 she graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Māori Studies. Before coming to Health Families, Julia worked at Toi Te Ora- Public Health Service as a Health Improvement Advisor in the education setting and prior to that was a Lecturer in Te Reo & Tikanga Māori at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland. Outside of work Julia is involved in Tuia, a national rangatahi development kaupapa, and is also studying towards a Masters of Māori Development.

Moving to Rotorua was an unexpected move for me, but I absolutely love it. It’s an awesome city filled with beautiful people and surrounded by amazing scenery. It definitely feeds my hunger for getting out and about and connecting with the taiao. I am also passionate about food, especially kai that is sourced directly from our environment. So in my spare time you’ll either see me up a maunga, swimming in a lake or fishing with my pāpā.

Jade Kameta | Kaihāpai Hauora

Community Health Adviser

Jade Kameta (Te Arawa, Ngāti Pikiao) is a Healthy Families Rotorua Kaihapai Hauora – Community Health Adviser and is responsible for assisting early childhood services, schools, workplaces and other key community settings in the Rotorua district to become health promoting environments.

Jade was born and raised on the shores of Lake Rotoiti, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Waikato University in 2007. He is passionate about kapa haka and all aspects related to te ao Māori. Jade also places importance on maintaining his own health and fitness as he wants to motivate, inspire and empower others to live healthy, active lifestyles. His professional career has involved working with at-risk youth and people who experience mental health issues and addictions.

Throughout my journey in the health sector I draw from and am guided by the mana of my tūpuna and whenua. I am proud to be Te Arawa, Ngāti Pikiao.

Jasmin Jackson | Registered Nutritionist

Jasmin Jackson is a Registered Nutritionist and responsible for assisting early childhood services, schools, workplaces and other key community settings in the Rotorua district to become health promoting environments.

Jasmin qualified as a nutritionist in 2006 with a BSc in Human Nutrition and a BA in Psychology from Massey University before going on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Human Nutrition). She works part time for the Heart Foundation providing nutrition education and guidance to early childhood settings, schools and parents of young children.

At the start of 2013 I made the move from Auckland to Rotorua. Holistic health is my passion – all my work over the past 10 years has revolved around supporting and empowering people to improve their health and wellbeing, be that physically, emotionally or socially. Before joining the Healthy Families team, I was running a private nutrition practice and providing supervision for staff working in the addictions and mental health sector. I am now looking forward to taking a systems approach to improving nutrition and health in the Rotorua community. In my spare time I love getting outdoors and making the most of this beautiful place we live in – hitting the trails and snowboarding during winter. I am also passionate about caring for our natural environment and all the creatures we share the planet with. I believe our environment has a significant impact on our wellbeing and I actively support a number of organisations such as Forest and Bird, to protect our environment.