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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


Te Arawa Māngai Nui Ūpoko Tūtakitaki is a well-known proverb with pūrākau or historical accounts supporting the term used to describe a unified and determined Te Arawa tribe. The underpinning philosophy above is a Māori systems return approach adapted to guide and create Te Arawa COVID-19; a collaboration of marae, hapū and organisations across the […]