Whanau Ora Journeys

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...
Ad Astra Per Aspera, to the stars through hard work

Ad Astra Per Aspera, to the stars through hard work

Not all young people understand how critical planning is, but Tipene James is different. As Tipene prepares for Year 13 at Rotorua Boys High School, he is keenly aware of how important planning is, not only for himself, but also as a whānau member. Te...
Te Arawa Whānau Ora – Preparing for the Future

Te Arawa Whānau Ora – Preparing for the Future

For rangatahi, having a plan for the future isn’t something that always comes naturally, often we have goals we’d like to achieve, but nothing solid, nothing written down. As a result, sometimes it feels like we’re floating without direction...
Living invisible…

Living invisible…

A Te Arawa Whānau Ora Journey Imagine being struck down by excruciating soreness in your knees and joints, huge pressure pushing on your legs and arms and hot searing pain traveling down your back. Next combine that with a full body ache and fatigue...
Living Life to the Fullest

Living Life to the Fullest

At 58 years old, Barbie Tepania, a mother to 5 grown children and a nanny to 12 beautiful mokopuna, knew that she was simply too young to submit to the cancer that had invaded her body.  Sadly, to focus on her tinana Whaea Barbie had to leave the mahi...
The Power of Planning

The Power of Planning

Maia knew the importance of planning for the future. This gutsy single mama of two active young children had made significant changes in her life after engaging in a Whānau Ora plan through Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao, a provider within the Te Arawa...
Reconnecting whānau with their whenua

Reconnecting whānau with their whenua

For Kelly Wattie, her partner and their children, the journey to self-discovery and self-reliance began after making the decision to move home to her turangawaewae. “I’d been away from home for years and was living on a 9-acre farm growing my...
Planting seeds of success

Planting seeds of success

Give whānau the answer and they’ll only have a temporary solution. Teach them how to find their own answers, and they will be able to develop and create their own solutions for a lifetime. It was with that in mind that the James Willemsen Whānau...