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 are tasked with bringing together leadership to help drive positive change.”
Lead Systems Innovator for Healthy Environments Gevana Dean says, “A kaupapa like the Water Services Bill, is a big and complex issue which requires a collaboration of effort from multiple agencies, community, Iwi, whānau, hapū, Marae.”
Healthy Families Rotorua enables a Māori systems return approach to improving access to clean drinking water – Wai.
Last week Healthy Families Rotorua in collaboration with Te Arawa Whānau Ora, Te Arawa River Iwi Trust, Te Arawa Lakes Trust and Toi Te Ora – Public Health held a meeting with the purpose to raise awareness and bring together meaningful engagement with Rotorua whānau and communities.
Around 20 people attended the meeting to hear from specialists including technical expert Dr Kepa Morgan.
He says more than nine Marae throughout the Rotorua area may be affected by the Water Services Bill.
Submissions to Te Taumata Arowai – Water Services Bill close 11.59pm tomorrow night (Tuesday 2 March 2021).