Tukutuku strengthening unity

While creating a tukutuku panel to celebrate Matariki and Rotorua, the Healthy Families Rotorua team connected with their tīpuna and reinforced unity within themselves. Last week, the team participated in a tukutuku wānanga, as part of its Te Awhero programme designed to strengthen staff te reo Māori and tikanga competency. Master weaver and Te Arawa […]

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 […]

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 […]


He mihi tēnei ki ngā kapa katoa i takahia nei te papa whakataetae ā rohe o Te Arawa i ngā rangi whakatā! Healthy Families Rotorua would like to congratulate all groups and performers who took the Te Arawa Regionals stage at the weekend. A total of 21 teams and around 800 performers, including eldest performer […]

Maramataka, a prevention pathway

Recently, Healthy Families Rotorua featured in the Sunday Star Times for its work in enabling the Māori system, Maramataka. The in-depth article has a focus on local and national champions, showcasing the work they are doing to return this traditional system and re-applying it into a modern day context. A traditional Māori system that aligns daily […]

Māori Systems heads to Austria

Healthy Families Rotorua will be presenting Māori Systems Return or Kaupapa Māori approaches at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria. The Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent non-profit organization with over 37,000 Fellows from more than 170 countries who foster lasting networks and partnerships for creative, just and sustainable change. Manager Mapihi Raharuhi will be […]