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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


He mihi tēnei nā ō karangatanga, nā He Oranga Whānau Aotearoa. Healthy Families Rotorua and the wider Healthy Families NZ whānau congratulate Cathy Cooney, co-Chair for our Rotorua site, on being awarded a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. “Healthy Families NZ prides itself on driving leadership to enable systems change thinking, and […]


Healthy Families Rotorua and Te Arawa Whānau Ora have completed #MayChallenge2021 – an initiative to get staff active, connected, and prepared for the winter season. Healthy Families Rotorua systems innovator, Ngareta Delamere, says if our hungamahi are well, our kaupapa will thrive. “When we joined forces to prototype a workplace wellbeing initiative during the month […]