“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

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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

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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.

Ngareta Delamere | Administrator

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Ngareta Delamere (Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Makino, Ngati Kea/Tuara, Ngati Waiora) is the Administrator for Healthy Families Rotorua and her responsibilities include delivering tailored support in the areas of finance, meeting management and administration.

Ngareta has worked 10 years in the finance sector and 20 years in the local government sector.  The roles she has held have included governance, project management particularly in policy development and a jack of all trades.  She is currently studying Political Science at Auckland University and is also a director of her own beekeeping business.

I appreciate the simplicity of the things my tupuna have handed down and my responsibility is to ensure that future generations know and appreciate this simplicity.  Sometimes it’s as simple as breathing in and breathing out.  Tihei Mauri Ora