Apr 15, 2021


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‘Transforming lives one whanau at a time’ – Te Arawa Whanau Ora officially launches in Rotorua (+links)

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A whanau-friendly support service that helps families transform their lives is being officially launched in Rotorua this week (beginning 4 March 2013).

Te Arawa Whanau Ora Collective located at the Korowai Aroha Health Centre on Hinemoa Street has been working for more than a year to build a system that meets the needs of whanau by supporting them to dream, plan and achieve their goals.

TAWO2An interactive, responsive and graphic-rich website filled with whanau-friendly tools and resources as well as a Facebook page has been developed.

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 Runanga o Ngati Pikiao; Te Utuhina Manaakitanga Trust; Te Waiariki Purea Trust; and Tipu Ora Charitable Trust.

According to project manager Mala (Ngaroma) Grant, Te Arawa Whanau Ora is about reminding whanau that they have the right to dream.

We begin working together with them to create a plan that recognises family strengths while giving whanau the support families need to transform their dreams to a reality,” Ms Grant explains.

“Trained paearahi navigators work with whanau to find the strengths within each family and then use those strengths to create positive change. For some whanau, it may be about learning to budget and use their money more wisely; for others, it might be about tackling issues such as family and domestic violence.”

“Most importantly, the change comes from within each whanau, helping to ensure long-term whanau wellbeing.”

Empowering Whanau

Kuia Betty Rodgers was part of a whanau gathering that dealt with the wellbeing of her whanau.

[sws_pullquote_right]This journey has brought us closer together as a whanau it has made us more peaceful and calm by reminding us to practice better values.” [/sws_pullquote_right] This journey has brought us closer together as a whanau it has made us more peaceful and calm by reminding us to practice better values.”

“Weve walked away more positive and are passing on what weve learned to others we love.”

Ms Grant says the key to Whanau Ora lies in supporting families to realise the power they have within themselves to change the future.

[sws_pullquote_left]Each whanau path is different yet all are built on the idea that supporting one another, from the very young to the very old, is critical to family wellbeing.” [/sws_pullquote_left] “It is about bringing people together and reconnecting them to their greatest support base: their own whanau.”

Building an Online Resource

Ms Grant says the website offers information that is relevant to each generation from tamariki (children) through to kaumatua (elders). Visitors are able to create CVs, get useful tips on how to budget and save money for their tamariki.

As well as links to free gardening courses, education and on-the-job training opportunities, the website showcases the range of support services offered by providers within the collective.

“Over time, the website will evolve with more resources being added every week. We hope to provide a place for whanau to both begin and continue their journey through Whanau Ora.”

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To connect with Te Arawa Whanau Ora Collective:


For more information including images and interviews, contact Hellen Messenger on phone +64 7 213 1995 or email [email protected]

2 thoughts on “‘Transforming lives one whanau at a time’ – Te Arawa Whanau Ora officially launches in Rotorua (+links)

  1. O?wiadczyny ju? w najbli?szym czasie wi?c nadszed? pora aby zakupi? ten fenomenalny i ?adny pier?cionek zar?czynowy.
    W dzisiejszych czasach wybr pier?cionka zar?czynowego zale?y od ?ycze? narzeczonej przysz?ego
    narzeczonego oraz od mo?liwo?ci finansowych. Propozycje punktw jubilerskich jest bardzo zr?nicowana.
    Jaki pier?cionek zar?czynowy kupi?? Tradycja mwi o z?otym,
    to nie budzi u nikogo ?adnych w?tpliwo?ci. Je?eli przysz?a narzeczona nie
    lubi ??tego z?ota mo?na zdecydowa? si?
    na bia?e z?oto, ktre rwnie uroczo i adekwatnie wygl?da.
    Bi?uteria mo?e te? by? wykonana z dwch kruszcw np.
    bia?ego i ??tego z?ota lub ??tego z?ota i srebra co w po??czeniu z rubinem i szafirami zauroczy nasz? przysz?? ?on?.
    Fajnym pomys?em na poszukiwanie pier?cionka jest sklep internetowy.
    Takie rozwi?zanie jest pragmatyczne, bo mamy
    mo?liwo?? komfortowego obejrzenia i porwnania bi?uterii.

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