Whanau Ora Journeys

Self-directed learning empowers Te Arawa Whānau Ora Paearahi

Self-directed learning empowers Te Arawa Whānau Ora Paearahi

He Whakatauākī Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere. Engari, ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao. The one who partakes of the flora and fauna, that will be their domain. But for the one who engages in education, opportunities...
Reflecting on the year that was…

Reflecting on the year that was…

With the coming of the summer holidays and soon, the New Year, we want to reflect over the last 12 months. To those who generously allowed us to share their stories, ka mihi nui ki a koe, thank your for these taonga! Over the year we have seen whānau...
Small tokens of hope…

Small tokens of hope…

Understanding that we have the ability to change our circumstances is empowering, but the road to that understanding sometimes requires expert guidance and support. For Amanda and her three young children, that journey began after she found the power...
All it takes…

All it takes…

Aroha and Travis were hoping life would be a little bit easier but as a young couple with 3 tamariki all under the age of four they had their work cut out for them. As parents of three toddlers, Aroha and Travis had little family support in their...
Te Arawa Whānau Ora: Finding your purpose, finding your passion

Te Arawa Whānau Ora: Finding your purpose, finding your passion

Sometimes the journey to independence is a long and difficult road to travel, other times all it takes is the right plan and a bit of determination. This was the case for Karanga, 24, who was living in the Te Arawa rohe, she knew she wanted to move out...
Finding your place to stand

Finding your place to stand

A house offers whānau a sense of stability, safety and security. When Awhina (Tūhoe) moved to Rotorua, she wanted to start a new life and look after the most important thing in her life – her precious tamariki.  After years of abuse, Awhina made...
Passing on a love for learning

Passing on a love for learning

For two rangatahi living on whānau papakainga in Maketu, it was the guidance and support of their beloved Nan, who helped them realise their full potential. “My Nan has always been my inspiration.  She encouraged, guided and supported me since...
Creating a path to independence

Creating a path to independence

When choosing a path in life, sometimes it’s not one big step you need to focus on, but the series of small incremental ones that lead you to your destination. For Sherina, mum to 5 young tamariki, that big step was moving to Rotorua but the small...
Rangatahi seeks Mātauranga Māori

Rangatahi seeks Mātauranga Māori

Whaowhia te kete mātauranga, fill your basket of knowledge. This whakatāuki reflects the importance of searching for knowledge, something that Te Puke local Rawiri Biel has sought his whole life.   For Rawiri, 21, searching for knowledge is a passion...
Men’s Health Programme transforms Rotorua father

Men’s Health Programme transforms Rotorua father

Shining light, Lester Karaitiana has emerged from the most recent intake of the Tane Takitu Ake programme and he is a changed man. The focus of Tane Takitu Ake is about Māori men supporting Māori men with high health and social needs to reach their...