Te Arawa Whānau Ora Collective welcomed TV celebrity host and now Whānau Champion, Brendon Pongia to Rotorua yesterday. Mr. Pongia is one of four people appointed as a national “Whānau Champion” a network of people who advocate and promote Whānau Ora to all New Zealanders.
The role of the Whānau Champion is to gather and share with the community the many incredible stories of Whānau transformation that have emerged as a result of Whānau Ora. It is hoped that these advocates will help stimulate discussion, build greater awareness and encourage Whānau to consider a journey towards family empowerment.
Mr Pongia began his day visiting with Te Papa Takaro o Te Arawa, one of the providers within the Te Arawa Whānau Ora Collective to gain a better understanding of the key services that exist to support Whānau. He then came to Korowai Aroha to meet other providers and staff within the Collective.
Ngaroma Grant, Project Manager of Te Arawa Whānau Ora Collective provided an overview of Te Arawa Whānau Ora including the services and support that are offered by the nine providers.
The collective comprises nine Rotorua-based health and social service providers: Aroha Mai Cancer Support; Korowai Health Services; Te Ropu a Iwi o Te Arawa Charitable Trust; Te Kahui Hauora Trust; Te Papa Takaro o Te Arawa; Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao; Te Utuhina Manaakitanga Trust; Te Waiariki Purea Trust; and Tipu Ora Charitable Trust.