The year that was 2022

The incredible energy of maramataka and Matariki has inspired 2022 for Healthy Families Rotorua. Healthy Families Rotorua manager, Jenny Kaka-Scott, says key outcomes achieved this year celebrated the revitalisation of mātauranga Māori and traditional practices. “Our team has shown evidence of scaling up early Healthy Families’ prototypes. Empowered by last year’s successful Te Hekenga-ā-Rongo maramataka […]

Piki Maunga Crew trek Tongariro

Hoki atu ki tōu maunga kia purea ai e koe ki ngā hau o Tāwhirimātea.Return to your mountain to be cleansed by the winds of Tāwhirimātea. While weather conditions influenced the path we took, our Piki Maunga crew’s spirits were lifted in the wairua-enhancing atmosphere of the Tongariro Crossing at the weekend. Piki Maunga is […]

Te Arawa stories and cycling

Te Arawa stories will be at the fore of a new activation to get more people walking and biking on the city’s shared footpaths and roads.

Matariki kūmara planting

Healthy Families Rotorua is working with Kai Rotorua to plant a special maara Matariki for the city’s official umu kohukohu whetū next year. Lead systems innovator, Pirihira Whata, says the garden will be established at Te Puea Orchard with traditional kūmara varieties, such as hutihuti and taputini, and will be used as hautapu (offerings) for […]

Māori voice in Council strategy

Mariana and her father, Fred Vercoe, at a community wānanga. Healthy Families Rotorua has facilitated engagement with local iwi to ensure a new Council strategy has a strong cultural foundation. Systems innovator, Mariana Vercoe, has been involved in a collaboration with Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) and other key stakeholders to provide a Māori insight on […]

Gold whetū for Matariki

Rotorua’s Matariki celebration at Motutara Point last month has received a gold star from Te Arawa kōeke. Healthy Families Rotorua lead systems innovator, Pirihira Whata, says the umu kohukohu whetū was hailed a success by kōeke at a recent follow-up hui with the event’s organising committee. She says overall, everyone was pleased with how the […]

Videos to reduce alcohol harm

Filming took place last week on a series of videos being created for Healthy Families Rotorua’s Ruru Parirau kaupapa to reduce alcohol-related harm. Systems innovator, Teteira Ormsby, says the videos will tell positive stories about the relationship between Māori and alcohol to help re-balance damage from long-standing stereotypes. Ruru Parirau research reveals how negative stereotyping […]

PROFILE: Aneta Morgan

Aneta Morgan believes the resurgence of mātauranga Māori practices and age-old traditions can be the solution to many of the world’s problems. Aneta is the team lead of Rotorua Lakes Council’s Te Amorangi Unit and a member of Healthy Families Rotorua’s Senior Leadership Group (SLG). She was invited to join the SLG because of her […]

Essence of Matariki

The city’s inaugural Matariki civic ceremony will provide locals and visitors the opportunity to participate in a traditional umu kohukohu whetū. To honour Matariki being observed as a public holiday, Rotorua will hold an umu kohukohu whetū on Friday 24 June at Motutara Point on the shores of Lake Rotorua. A Ngāti Whakaue representative, Kingi […]

Puna hidden gems

Healthy Families Rotorua systems innovators Stevee Wikiriwhi and Teteira Ormsby discovered some gems during their research haerenga at Waitawa Puna last week. The pair mapped the puna from Owhatiura, through Lynmore, and towards Lake Rotorua as part of the Waitawa Restoration Project, which Stevee is leading. She will be fostering relationships with mana whenua, hapū, […]