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 sustain whānau in times of challenge and prosperity.
“Whānau trying to prioritise their health in today’s world, often means navigating unfamiliar systems and overcoming the tangible and intangible barriers that cause disconnection from their environment, increasing their social isolation and disadvantage,” says General Manager Mapihi Raharuhi.
What a Māori systems return approach offers is meaningful engagement and a familiar context from within which whānau and communities can address and improve health and wellbeing.
Healthy Families Rotorua is one of 10 Healthy Families NZ sites, armed with the tools to drive sustainable solutions and playing a leadership role in health and wellbeing. Aligned to Healthy Families NZ principles, Māori systems return enables the development of strategies to shift conditions that are holding problems and barriers in place.
“If we look at health through a Te Ao Māori lens we can rethink the way our ecosystem influences our health, because of the long-held belief that a connection to our environment plays a critical role in our overall wellbeing.“
The Toi Tangata Hui ā Tau will be held in Napier and begins next week February 25.
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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