“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 | Communications and Engagement Advisor

Ashley Grant

Ashleigh Grant (Te Arawa, Tuwharetoa, Nga Rauru, Ngati Ruanui) is the Communications and Engagement Advisor and is responsible for delivering tailored local level communications and supporting community engagement and 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. As well as staying active she is passionate about Kapa Haka and ensuring a sustainable legacy in all aspects of life. In her time here at Healthy Families Rotorua she has completed the Certificate of Public Health through Massey University.

As my koeke have always said to me, leave things in a better state than when you found it. We work not for ourselves, but for others. He waka eke noa

Pollyanne Taare | Settings Manager

Pollyanne Taare

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.

Laurie Watt | Kaihāpai Hauora

Community Health Adviser

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Laurie Watt – (Te Arawa, Ngati Whakaue) is a Healthy Families Rotorua Kaihapai Hauora – Community Health Advisor and is responsible for assisting Kohanga Reo and ECE to become health promoting environments as well as supporting work in Maternal Health and Smokefree Outdoor Spaces.

Our mokopuna, tamariki are our future, lets help to nuture and protect them by making mokopuna decisions. Let us follow the path our tupuna paved.

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

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.