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 […]

Re-building key focus for 2021

Recruitment and re-building the team have been the major focus for Healthy Families Rotorua this year. In 2021, we farewelled our leader, Mapihi Raharuhi, and team members Heeni Brown, Ngareta Raharuhi and Gevana Dean. Each of these wonderful wāhine left big shoes to fill, however it gave others the opportunity to step up into new […]

Power of restorative sleep

Healthy Families Rotorua is collaborating with clinical and mātauranga Māori experts to co-design a Te Arawa Sleep Strategy to reduce toxic stress. Lead systems innovator, Ranui Maxwell, says He Āhuru Mowai is an iwi-led health prevention strategy which will not only inform Te Arawa, but can contribute to a national strategy around sleep. “Poor quality […]

Mātauranga Māori in PLAY

Healthy Families Rotorua is incorporating Māori systems regeneration into its Play space to get kids active. New Zealand is the second most obese country in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD), with 39% of our tamariki classified as overweight or obese. Systems innovator, Mariana Vercoe, says many local children are not experiencing the […]

Ōhinemutu wild garden

Lani Kereopa and Cushla Paice

What was once a swamp at the mouth of the Utuhina stream, is now a maara kai in Ōhinemutu providing sustenance for the community and local wildlife. Kaitiaki of Maraeroa Mahinga Kai, Lani Kereopa (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Tarawhai, Ngāti Wahiao), says the Rika, Werahiko and Tahiwi whānau whakapapa to the whenua. She says when her […]

Welcome Stevee!

Healthy Families Rotorua introduces its newest team member, Stevee Wikiriwhi, who moved back to her roots after an 18-year hiatus. Stevee (Tūhourangi, Ngāti Whakaue) returned to Rotorua from Auckland last year to have and raise her baby boy, Hiwamaiangi. Her heart was set on her son being surrounded by whānau and attending kohanga reo and […]

Taking maramataka to the world

The resurgence of maramataka is influencing the way many people go about their lives – and Rotorua is preparing to showcase it to the world. Healthy Families Rotorua is hosting worldwide online symposium, Te Hekenga-ā-Rongo next month. The livestream event will feature experts and practitioners from Aotearoa who are creating pathways for the revitalisation of […]