Piki Maunga Crew trek Tongariro

Hoki atu ki tōu maunga kia purea ai e koe ki ngā hau o Tāwhirimātea.Return to your mountain to be cleansed by the winds of Tāwhirimātea. While weather conditions influenced the path we took, our Piki Maunga crew’s spirits were lifted in the wairua-enhancing atmosphere of the Tongariro Crossing at the weekend. Piki Maunga is […]


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 […]

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 […]

New lead systems innovator

Megan Lacey (Te Arawa/Ngāpuhi) joins the Healthy Families Rotorua team and brings an impressive set of skills fit to her role as the new Lead Systems Innovator for built environments. Healthy Families Rotorua manager, Mapihi Raharuhi, welcomes Megan’s extensive experience in journalism, communications, and event management, saying her background will help the team in its […]

Proposed Water Services Bill

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 […]

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 […]

Rūrū Parirau taking flight

Rūrū Parirau provides an opportunity for some of our well known marae champions to lead a conversation about alcohol. A webinar including six digital stories will feature Marae discussing the value of tikanga Māori in helping shape the future and underpinning safe behaviours when it comes to alcohol, including the normalisation of alcohol free spaces […]

Piki Thomas & Whānau Ora

Te Arawa Whānau Ora Collective and Healthy Families Rotorua would like to thank Ngāti Pikiao leader Piki Thomas for his incredible contribution to the nearly 20,000 Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency’s Hygiene Packs. Since the beginning of Covid-19 Level 4 Lockdown, Piki who is also the National Māori Advisor to the New Zealand Fire Service has […]


Te Arawa COVID-19 are united on the ground with Whānau Ora’s Waiariki network distribution of 2,000 hygiene packs to vulnerable whānau last week. Te Arawa Whānau Ora Collective are responsible for the packs and the distribution to families on the regional network, which includes Rotorua, Te Kaha, Ōpotiki, Whakatane, Tauranga, Taupo and Tūrangi. Whānau Ora […]