Whanau Ora

Paearahi Profile: Advocating for Whānau

Paearahi Profile: Advocating for Whānau

“Each day I consider it an honour to be in this position and support  and be an advocate for our whānau”, explains Leanne Karauna (Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitane Ngati Tahu).  Born and raised in Mangakino, Leanne Karauna says being a Paearahi...
Rangatahi to represent communities in basketball

Rangatahi to represent communities in basketball

A rangatahi 3×3 basketball tournament is open for registrations and is led by youth, for youth. Facilitated by Antony Williams of Tuara ki Rise, a youth service under Te Waiariki Purea Trust, the tournament will be held at Toi Ohomai Recreation Centre...
First nation youth conference inspires

First nation youth conference inspires

Sharing culture and information from an indigenous perspective was part of a First Nation youth conference in Canada involving several Te Arawa Whānau Ora collective providers. The Na-Cho Nyak Dun (Big River People) annual youth conference was held...
Monthly screening evening proposed #SmearYourMea

Monthly screening evening proposed #SmearYourMea

Korowai Aroha have had a great response to the online cervical cancer screening kaupapa. The Smear Your Mea campaign has gone viral since high profile kapa haka performer Talei Morrison laid the challenge down last month. It was through kapa haka she...
Seeing transformation drives Paearahi

Seeing transformation drives Paearahi

Sarndra Mear doesn’t consider the people she helps as clients.  For the Te Papa Takaro o Te Arawa (TPTOTA) Paearahi, it is a much closer relationship. Once we engage with them they become part of our whānau. This is part of aspirational thinking...
Teen reaches goals through Whānau Ora plan

Teen reaches goals through Whānau Ora plan

A Rotorua teenager says the transformation in his life was from the help he received through his Whānau Ora plan. Zeb Irvine, 15, today speaks of the goals he wants to achieve and what career he is working towards – a complete turnaround from three...
Karakia and pohutukawa planting to launch Te Arawa Wai Warriors

Karakia and pohutukawa planting to launch Te Arawa Wai Warriors

Local rangatahi will plant pohutukawa trees along the banks of Te Utuhina stream next week at the launch of the new Te Arawa Wai Warriors kaupapa. The ceremony is being held at Ohinemutu on Wednesday 31 January starting at 4.30pm and will be hosted by...
Inspiring whānau to believe in their dream

Inspiring whānau to believe in their dream

Ahakoa te nui o nga ngaru o te moana, ka pakaru e te ihu o te waka.  No matter how huge the waves of the ocean, they will be overcome and broken by the sharp prow of the waka. Being able to connect with whānau who may need extra support and understanding...
Kapa haka wahine leads smear test challenge #SmearYourMea

Kapa haka wahine leads smear test challenge #SmearYourMea

Te Arawa women are being encouraged to ‘Smear Your Mea’ to raise awareness and encourage wahine to have a smear test. The social media campaign on Facebook was initiated by seasoned kapa haka performer, Talei Morrison of Te Matarae i Ōrehu who was...
Journey retraces ancestors’ footprints

Journey retraces ancestors’ footprints

Learning history, whakapapa and working with others are just some of the benefits rangatahi experience on the Te Arawa Journey. The outdoor pursuits and life skills journey open to all rangatahi aged 10 to 15, is run by Te Waiariki Purea Trust. Held over...