Gold whetū for Matariki

Rotorua’s Matariki celebration at Motutara Point last month has received a gold star from Te Arawa kōeke. Healthy Families Rotorua lead systems innovator, Pirihira Whata, says the umu kohukohu whetū was hailed a success by kōeke at a recent follow-up hui with the event’s organising committee. She says overall, everyone was pleased with how the […]

Essence of Matariki

The city’s inaugural Matariki civic ceremony will provide locals and visitors the opportunity to participate in a traditional umu kohukohu whetū. To honour Matariki being observed as a public holiday, Rotorua will hold an umu kohukohu whetū on Friday 24 June at Motutara Point on the shores of Lake Rotorua. A Ngāti Whakaue representative, Kingi […]

Puna hidden gems

Healthy Families Rotorua systems innovators Stevee Wikiriwhi and Teteira Ormsby discovered some gems during their research haerenga at Waitawa Puna last week. The pair mapped the puna from Owhatiura, through Lynmore, and towards Lake Rotorua as part of the Waitawa Restoration Project, which Stevee is leading. She will be fostering relationships with mana whenua, hapū, […]

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 […]

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 […]

#MayChallenge2021

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 […]

Mapihi moves to Lakes DHB

If you’re open to change you’re an innovator. That’s the call from Healthy Families Rotorua leader, Mapihi Raharuhi, who left the organisation this month to take on the Director Equity Outcomes & Delivery role at Lakes District Health Board. Mapihi has led the Healthy Families Rotorua team for five years and says Healthy Families New […]

Speaking to Māori systems

Healthy Families Rotorua is exploring and demonstrating how Mātauranga Māori systems and traditions influence practice that encourages communities to consider their health and wellbeing. Te Patu o Te Rangi is a framework with the aim to guide Healthy Families Rotorua and Te Kāhui Māori with the intent to increase access to and quality engagement with […]

NGĀ RINGA-TĀ O MOKO ORA

Ko tā ētahi o ngā Ringa-Tā o Te Arawa mahi, he whakarauora hoki i te reo Māori. Mō te roanga ake pānuingia te Rotorua Daily Post He toa ringa-tā a Hohua Mohi e whakarauora ana i te moko, ka mutu, mai anō i te kōpū o tōna whaea e whakarauora ana i te reo Māori. […]