Reunited with his love of carving

Reunited with his love of carving

Carver, Ray Ngamotu hadn’t picked up a chisel in 20 years until he found help and support through Whānau Ora. “I happened to be on this health and wellbeing course with Korowai Aroha. They were asking individual people, what do you want to do in...
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...
Whānau find wraparound support with Te Arawa Whānau Ora

Whānau find wraparound support with Te Arawa Whānau Ora

Danielle Karauna credits the encouragement of Whānau Ora for being able to unite her family and help her achieve her goals in life. “I was chatting to Mangakino Paearahi, Leanne [Karauna, not directly related] one day and she gave me a run down on...
Waka Ama bringing people together

Waka Ama bringing people together

It was another successful year of waka ama with nearly 1800 students taking part in the Te Wananga o Aotearoa Waka Ama National Secondary School Championships. Held in March at Lake Tikitapu, the event showcased some of the country’s best young paddlers....
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...
Normalising Maramataka Māori

Normalising Maramataka Māori

This infographic explains the moon phase known as Huna, it’s influence on the environment and the relevance to a setting within Healthy Families Rotorua. Huna is known as a bad day, he rā kino. Huna means to hide which as the name implies, everything...
Preparing for flu season

Preparing for flu season

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao are urging whānau to be prepared for what is predicted to be a hard- hitting influenza season. They are offering free flu vaccinations for: Hapū Māmā (pregnant women any trimester) Asthmatic if using regular preventative...
Whānau Ora for all

Whānau Ora for all

The Minister for Whānau Ora says he’s keen for Whānau Ora to be seen as a service delivery model for the whole community, not just Māori and Pacific Island families. Peeni Henare attended the recent symposium in Blenheim organised by South Island...
Co-design hui looks to Māori solutions for Maternal Health

Co-design hui looks to Māori solutions for Maternal Health

On Wednesday 4 April 2018, Healthy Families Rotorua facilitated a co-design hui between Maternal Health Service Providers in Rotorua aimed at co-ordinating a collaborative approach to address the multiple needs of the sector in Rotorua. In attendance...
Building a community of practice

Building a community of practice

Healthy Families Rotorua will hold a Maramataka wananga in Rotorua in May to bring together practitioners and champions of Maramataka. There will also be a follow up wananga at a later date. The aim of the wananga is to increase the application and practice...