City to celebrate Matariki

A traditional hautapu will feature in Rotorua’s first ever Matariki civic ceremony to celebrate the Māori New Year. Healthy Families Rotorua lead systems innovator, Pirihira Whata, has been collaborating with Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Uenukukopako, Ngā Pou ō Whakapoungakau, Rotorua Lakes Council, Te Tatau o Te Arawa, Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust, Matariki exponents and whānau representatives to […]

Ranui joins national research

Healthy Families Rotorua will be embedding mātauranga Māori into a nationwide sleep study thanks to the determined efforts of lead systems innovator, Ranui Maxwell. When Ranui recalibrated Te Arawa sleep strategy, He Āhuru Mōwai, last year, her research led her to Massey University’s Sleep/Wake Research Centre. While her interest was initially piqued by the “flash […]

Award for Papa Rereata

Healthy Families Rotorua congratulates Rereata Makiha for his achievement in the 2022 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards. Papa Rereata was announced yesterday as the recipient of the Ryman Healthcare Senior New Zealander of the Year (Te Mātāputu o Te Tau) Award. The award acknowledges people who have made a positive contribution to Aotearoa […]

Waitawa Bush Project

Teteira Ormsby & Mariana Vercoe with Lynmore School deputy principal Lisa Hohepa (centre).

Haere ra Jade

Healthy Families Rotorua and Te Arawa Whānau Ora bid farewell to our cherished rautaki Māori, Jade Kameta, as he heads for the sandy shores of the East Cape. Jade (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue, Te Whānau a Apanui) was given a send-off at Te Papaiouru Marae today by board, staff, whānau and people he has worked […]

Maramataka shifting mindsets

Te Hekenga-ā-Rongo presenter, Davina Thompson (Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa), is infiltrating her knowledge of maramataka amongst the country’s environmental policymakers. She is currently working on the Environment of Te Arawa 2022 synthesis report for Ministry for the Environment based on Matariki as a framework, in her role as policy analyst and mātauranga Māori expert. Davina […]

Congratulations Ka Pai Kai

Healthy Families Rotorua congratulates Ka Pai Kai Rotorua for its double success in the 2021 Tompkins Wake Rotorua Business Awards this month. Ka Pai Kai Rotorua received the Ministry of Social Development: Not for Profit & Social Enterprise Award and the NZME: People’s Choice Award. Ka Pai Kai Rotorua’s mission is to nourish the minds […]

Moving mountains

Healthy Families Rotorua and Te Arawa Whānau Ora continue to move mountains this year – starting with a trek up Mauao. The Piki Maunga crew began this year’s kaupapa with the Mount Maunganui hīkoi yesterday (20 February) in the spirit of workplace wellness. Last year, our crew completed Mauao, Papamoa Hills, Ngā Tapuwae o Toi, […]

Welcome Teteira

It’s been a few months, but Healthy Families Rotorua is now complete with a team of nine. New systems innovator, Teteira Ormsby, joined the ranks last week. He previously worked as a pou ārahi for whānau experiencing family harm. His main focus was working with men and delivering 10-week non-violence programmes in Rotorua, Taupo and […]

Introducing Alex

Healthy Families Rotorua introduces its new project coordinator, Alexandria Knight. Alex previously worked as a kaiako at an early childhood centre, where she was responsible for nurturing, supporting and empowering children at the foundational development level of their education. She says she contributed to programme planning, assessment and evaluation, collaborative teaching and enhancing the visibility […]