Recently, Healthy Families Rotorua featured in the Sunday Star Times for its work in enabling the Māori system, Maramataka.
The in-depth article has a focus on local and national champions, showcasing the work they are doing to return this traditional system and re-applying it into a modern day context.
A traditional Māori system that aligns daily activities with the natural world, the moon, sun, stars and planets could assist in improving Māori health inequities.
Carmen Parahi explores how Maramataka is being revived across Aotearoa, and why the Ministry of Health supports this approach.
When Davina Thompson was a child, she grew up learning how to gather kai from the land and sea, trap eels and fish in Matatā near Whakatāne. These practices were handed down through generations and are being continued by her whānau.
Davina is also part of Ngā Pātaka Kōrero o Te Arawa, an advisory group made up of experts and practitioners with a Te Arawa focus on Maramataka.
Healthy Families Rotorua networks with the advisory group for insights, learnings and where appropriate testing of ideas to ensure the integrity of the Maramataka and its approach remains constant.