Planting at puna

Rotorua’s eastern suburbs recently became the focal point for a transformative environmental initiative as part of the Waitawa Restoration Project. Twenty-five volunteers spent over five hours in the rain planting 1,500 riparian plants at the Waitawa Puna. Species included toitoi, harakeke, mānuka, carex, taratara, akeake, and black matipo. Puna Ora lead, Lorraine Hall, orchestrated the […]

Waikawa rejuvenation

Rejuvenating physical and mental wellbeing, whakawhanaungatanga, and wānanga for whānau is at the fore of the Waikawa Restoration Project. Healthy Families Rotorua systems innovators, Stevee Wikiriwhi and Teteira Ormsby, have joined forces with GNS Science, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Parakore, Māori Land Court, and iwi to regenerate the geothermal waters of the Rotokawa baths […]

Welcome Stevee!

Healthy Families Rotorua introduces its newest team member, Stevee Wikiriwhi, who moved back to her roots after an 18-year hiatus. Stevee (Tūhourangi, Ngāti Whakaue) returned to Rotorua from Auckland last year to have and raise her baby boy, Hiwamaiangi. Her heart was set on her son being surrounded by whānau and attending kohanga reo and […]