A Legacy Workforce

Te Arawa Whānau Ora, Healthy Families Rotorua and Lakes District Health Board are working collaboratively with local champions and organisations to identify, design and implement changes to develop A Crisis Resilient Workforce across Te Arawa. It follows the nationwide COVID-19 Delta Variant Level 4 Lockdown announced this month and a call from Jenny Kaka-Scott who […]

Vercoe joins team

Healthy Families Rotorua is thrilled to welcome Mariana Vercoe to the team as its new project coordinator. Mariana’s no stranger to the Haupapa Street office. She was first employed at Te Arawa Whānau Ora in 2017 as a Collective Impact administrator but left to have her daughter, Waerenga (3), the following year. She returned four […]

Matariki & Maramataka

Matariki, the celestial marker of the Māori New Year, which has been celebrated across Aotearoa throughout July will become an official public holiday. New Zealand Government announced earlier this month that from next year Matariki will become the first public holiday recognising Te Ao Māori tikanga and practices. Healthy Families Rotorua wants to acknowledge the […]


He mihi tēnei nā ō karangatanga, nā He Oranga Whānau Aotearoa. Healthy Families Rotorua and the wider Healthy Families NZ whānau congratulate Cathy Cooney, co-Chair for our Rotorua site, on being awarded a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. “Healthy Families NZ prides itself on driving leadership to enable systems change thinking, and […]


Healthy Families Rotorua and Te Arawa Whānau Ora have completed #MayChallenge2021 – an initiative to get staff active, connected, and prepared for the winter season. Healthy Families Rotorua systems innovator, Ngareta Delamere, says if our hungamahi are well, our kaupapa will thrive. “When we joined forces to prototype a workplace wellbeing initiative during the month […]

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. […]