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 […]

PROFILE: Aneta Morgan

Aneta Morgan believes the resurgence of mātauranga Māori practices and age-old traditions can be the solution to many of the world’s problems. Aneta is the team lead of Rotorua Lakes Council’s Te Amorangi Unit and a member of Healthy Families Rotorua’s Senior Leadership Group (SLG). She was invited to join the SLG because of her […]

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 […]

Waitawa Bush Project

Teteira Ormsby & Mariana Vercoe with Lynmore School deputy principal Lisa Hohepa (centre).

Maramataka shifting mindsets

Te Hekenga-ā-Rongo presenter, Davina Thompson (Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa), is infiltrating her knowledge of maramataka amongst the country’s environmental policymakers. She is currently working on the Environment of Te Arawa 2022 synthesis report for Ministry for the Environment based on Matariki as a framework, in her role as policy analyst and mātauranga Māori expert. Davina […]

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 […]

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 […]

Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau

Healthy Families Rotorua are set to showcase the value proposition of Māori Systems Return at this year’s Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau. Rotorua promotes the application of Māori systems return, that enables community champions to drive innovation leading to sustainable solutions for overall health and wellbeing. The approach normalises traditional Māori practices and frameworks to […]

He Tangi mō Ngaroma Grant

Tākiri ko te ata ki runga o Matawhau. Ko te tau i ahau tēnei ka ora mai. Hoki mai e hine kia whakairia koe ki te kapu o te ringa, nāku i tuku atu… Te Arawa Whānau Ora Collective and Healthy Families Rotorua continue to lament the loss of a dear friend and leader. Ngaroma […]