New lead systems innovator

Megan Lacey (Te Arawa/Ngāpuhi) joins the Healthy Families Rotorua team and brings an impressive set of skills fit to her role as the new Lead Systems Innovator for built environments. Healthy Families Rotorua manager, Mapihi Raharuhi, welcomes Megan’s extensive experience in journalism, communications, and event management, saying her background will help the team in its […]

Proposed Water Services Bill

Healthy Families Rotorua continues to encourage community voices to make submissions to the proposed Te Taumata Arowai – Water Services Bill. Manager for Healthy Families Rotorua Mapihi Raharuhi says, “Healthy Families Rotorua works in health prevention and we champion a collective impact approach – which means when we are looking at wai or water, we […]

Speaking to Māori systems

Healthy Families Rotorua is exploring and demonstrating how Mātauranga Māori systems and traditions influence practice that encourages communities to consider their health and wellbeing. Te Patu o Te Rangi is a framework with the aim to guide Healthy Families Rotorua and Te Kāhui Māori with the intent to increase access to and quality engagement with […]

Wai Warrior Movement

The serious impacts of water degradation exposes many flaws in the way our vital water systems have been managed and monitored. However, a local Rotorua collective are rising to the challenge of reconnecting with their traditional role of hunga tiaki (water guardians) and mobilising to care for their wai using a combination of Western science […]


Ko tā ētahi o ngā Ringa-Tā o Te Arawa mahi, he whakarauora hoki i te reo Māori. Mō te roanga ake pānuingia te Rotorua Daily Post He toa ringa-tā a Hohua Mohi e whakarauora ana i te moko, ka mutu, mai anō i te kōpū o tōna whaea e whakarauora ana i te reo Māori. […]

Rūrū Parirau taking flight

Rūrū Parirau provides an opportunity for some of our well known marae champions to lead a conversation about alcohol. A webinar including six digital stories will feature Marae discussing the value of tikanga Māori in helping shape the future and underpinning safe behaviours when it comes to alcohol, including the normalisation of alcohol free spaces […]

Piki Thomas & Whānau Ora

Te Arawa Whānau Ora Collective and Healthy Families Rotorua would like to thank Ngāti Pikiao leader Piki Thomas for his incredible contribution to the nearly 20,000 Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency’s Hygiene Packs. Since the beginning of Covid-19 Level 4 Lockdown, Piki who is also the National Māori Advisor to the New Zealand Fire Service has […]


Te Arawa Māngai Nui Ūpoko Tūtakitaki is a well-known proverb with pūrākau or historical accounts supporting the term used to describe a unified and determined Te Arawa tribe. The underpinning philosophy above is a Māori systems return approach adapted to guide and create Te Arawa COVID-19; a collaboration of marae, hapū and organisations across the […]


Te Arawa COVID-19 are united on the ground with Whānau Ora’s Waiariki network distribution of 2,000 hygiene packs to vulnerable whānau last week. Te Arawa Whānau Ora Collective are responsible for the packs and the distribution to families on the regional network, which includes Rotorua, Te Kaha, Ōpotiki, Whakatane, Tauranga, Taupo and Tūrangi. Whānau Ora […]


He mihi tēnei ki ngā kapa katoa i takahia nei te papa whakataetae ā rohe o Te Arawa i ngā rangi whakatā! Healthy Families Rotorua would like to congratulate all groups and performers who took the Te Arawa Regionals stage at the weekend. A total of 21 teams and around 800 performers, including eldest performer […]