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Tēnā koutou katoa. Welcome to the Healthy Families Rotorua update for June 2019, sharing with you what we've been working on, our ideas, outcomes, successes and relevant local and national news.

Pipiri signals the first lunar month of the Māori year and the rising of Matariki. When the moon is in the Tangaroa-a-Roto and Tangaroa-Kiokio phases, readings and predictions for the new year are to take place. Matariki is set to rise June 25-28. 
Ngā Whetū o Matariki
CREDIT: thespinoff.co.nz
MATARIKI AND CELESTIAL KNOWLEDGE
What You Need To Know
Matariki Cheat Sheet
Living By The Stars
Matariki E Ārau Ana
Professor Rangi Matamua on Planting Seeds podcast.
MARAMATAKA - LIFE BRINGER
Davina Thompson and observing early child development

Arama Karaka Te Uara Tangaroa Thompson is our Maramataka baby and born to the rhythm of the Māori moon.

His mother Davina Thompson has used Maramataka as an observational tool to track Arama Karaka's development who was born August 11th 2018.

“He was born on the 7th day which is Tangaroa-a-Mua, which is the 7th day after Rākaunui (full moon) and he was born on the incoming high-tide."
These are critical indicators that are a component of the Maramataka.

Healthy Families Rotorua facilitated the development of the community of practice that Davina is part of, named Te Arawa Maramataka Advisory Group. The advisory group is made up of experts and practitioners of Maramataka and are connected to a range of settings for e.g. Marae, Community Gardens, Rangatahi - Wai Warriors, Climate Change - Te Urunga o Kea, work place settings, schools/kura/early childhood centres etc.

Healthy Families Rotorua leans towards the advisory group for insights, learnings and where appropriate testing of ideas to ensure integrity of the approach remains constant.
Baby Arama Karaka and mother Davina Thompson giving Healthy Families Rotorua an insight into their Maramataka journey.
Healthy Families NZ Te Kāhui Māori
 
Healthy Families' Te Kāhui Māori which includes Healthy Families Rotorua, Healthy Families East Cape, Healthy Families Far North and Healthy Families Whanganui Rangitikei Ruapehu held a wānanga at Te Paratehoata Marae in Ōhinemutu.
The wānanga had a focus on Māori systems return frameworks; alignment of systems thinking and co-design in Whānau Ora approaches and working towards activities that mobilise whānau, hapū, iwi and the wider community.
GROWING THE PREVENTION PARTNERSHIP:

Drinking Water is Great!
Healthy Families Rotorua, Toi Te Ora Public Health and Rotorua Lakes Council are working on strategies to get more residents and travellers drinking water from the local water supply.

According to insights gathered by Rotorua Lakes Council, Rotorua tap water has a perception of not being ‘good’. This is in connection to the geothermal
activity across the region.  There are a few spin-offs from this, one being the purchase of bottled water by tourists.  This has the effect of leaving Rotorua with an increase in plastic bottle waste and its impact on the environment. A design challenge to change this perception is the focus of this collaboration.

Parakuihi - The Breakfast Show
Working in partnership with Te Arawa Whānau Ora and Te Arawa FM (local Māori radio station), Healthy Families Rotorua are looking to ways where we can reach into our communities to access insights, learning, gather whānau kōrero and access lived-experience. This work is being led by Healthy Families Rotorua Strategic Communication Manager – Heeni Brown, supported by Te Arawa FM’s Content Producer - Ngahuia Wade. 

We are fortunate to have featured recently on the Parakuihi show hosted by local personalities Mercia Yates and Kingi Biddle.  We at Healthy Families Rotorua hope to increase our community profile by engaging directly with our communities to ask relevant pātai on kaupapa that affect our communities. The first kaupapa will be focused on alcohol drinking on sacred sites and what are the views of our community. We hope to gather insights and learnings to inform our activities.

A Collaborative Partnership
Sharing the learning across the prevention system is key to supporting communities to shift their thinking and build sustainable prevention pathways.  This quarter saw Healthy Families Rotorua and Toi Te Ora Public Health unit workshop on tools to build capability and capacity across the workforce.  This workshop also encouraged alignment of work in the places where our people live, learn, work and play.

Para Kore with Harina Rupapera
Para Kore from a Māori world view means zero waste, where possible ensuring all things are reusable and recyclable. Healthy Families Rotorua and the Para Kore coordinator supported by Rotorua Lakes Council, met to discuss opportunities for Para Kore to be integrated into the current settings Healthy Families Rotorua are working in.  We envision this to be a link into the workplace wellness initiative between Te Arawa Whānau Ora, Kōwhai Health Associates and Healthy Families Rotorua.

Work Local Think Global
Sharing and learning from others is a key ingredient to building sustainable systems of change. We here at Healthy Families Rotorua believe sharing indigenous insights to inform a way forward is a form of best practice.  We had the opportunity to share the Healthy Families NZ initiative with executive members of the Singapore Health Promotion Board. This was also an opportunity for Healthy Families Rotorua to showcase our Mahere and the activities we are focused on over this next 12 months.  
Chief Executive Yoong Kang Zee and his learnings of Healthy Families Rotorua.
RŪRŪ PARIRAU
Shaking Off Negative Stereotypes
RŪRŪ PARIRAU (Maynard, Wright & Brown) is a piece of research on Māori and Alcohol and explores the impact of negative stereotyping and how it can affect alcohol use by Māori. Some negative images of Māori drinking, such as those in the movie adaptation of Alan Duff’s Once Were Warriors, have become a self-fulfilling prophecy for too many Māori.
 
In terms of system change, Rūrū Parirau is about destabilising negative stereotypes and rebalancing the narrative, encouraging people to shake off negative labels and reach their full potential. Rūrū Parirau offers an opportunity for communities to tell their own positive stories around dealing with minimizing alcohol harm and creating safer, positive environments especially for children and families. These stories widely told, begin to build social permission for people to drink at low-risk levels or not drink, and create a new narrative normalising low-risk drinking and alcohol free spaces.
 
WHAT WE KNOW
 
Alcohol is the most commonly used recreational drug in Aotearoa New Zealand with approximately 80% of New Zealanders reporting having a drink from time to time[1].
 
While most New Zealand drinkers do not consume large amounts of alcohol on a typical drinking occasion, national surveys consistently show that around 20%–25% consume large amounts of alcohol on a typical drinking occasion.[2]  This pattern of risky occasional drinking is the major factor contributing to New Zealand’s high level of acute alcohol- related harm such as risk of injury, death, road trauma, crime and disorder, violence, drowning, burns and alcohol poisoning. It is a practice most common among young people aged 18–24 years[3].
 
A key challenge is to find innovative ways to address the disproportionate levels of alcohol-related harm within our communities.  
 
Healthy Families Rotorua and Toi Te Ora believe there is an opportunity to reframe the narrative around alcohol use within our communities. Understanding the attitudes and practices pertaining to alcohol in places such as sports clubs, schools, marae and urupā (wāhi tapu) are important to explore as we look to increase the number of places and spaces where our tamariki are free from alcohol exposure and potential harm.  
 
[1] Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand, Ministry of Health Zealand, 2001
[2] Fryer, Jones, & Kalafatelis, 2011; Ministry of Health, 2009, 2013
[3] Ministry of Health, 2008
COMING UP AND WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR:

Wai Series
Wai stories relate to Pūrākau, cultural and historical accounts about Rotorua Puna-Wai (water sources). 
   
Our first story will focus on Te Puna o Te Taniwha or Taniwha Springs which sources more than 2000 residential properties in the Ngongotaha district.

We speak to iwi leader and champion Te Rangikaheke Bidois about Pekehaua, the guardian of Te Awahou River.

Ka Pai Kai Rotorua Survey
Ka Pai Kai Rotorua is a not-for-profit school lunch service in Rotorua, that makes nourishing school lunches fresh to order each day.

Healthy Families Rotorua have recently gone into schools to see how well Ka Pai Kai is being received across 12 Rotorua schools.
About Healthy Families Rotorua
 Influencing the health of our community where we live, learn, work & play.
  By working in partnership with others to improve community wellbeing.
  • Mapihi Raharuhi (Manager): Empowers key leaders across all settings to support the Rotorua community to make sustainable transformative change.
    Team Lead for: Iwi Leaders Forum, Strategic Leadership Group, External Partners and stakeholders.
  • Jenny Kaka-Scott (Lead Systems Innovator): Empowers key people across all settings to support communities to eat well, be physically active, smokefree and prevent the rise in alcohol harm.
    Team Lead for: Workplaces, Schools, Sports Clubs, Health, Safety & Wellness and Alcohol systems.
  • Heeni Brown (National Strategic Communications Manager): To reach, connect and share the work of Healthy Families Rotorua team and partners across local, national and global platforms.
    Team Lead for: Communications and Media, Partner Enquiries, Stakeholder Engagement
  • Jade Kameta (Systems Innovator): Empowers key people to support communities to eat well, be physically active, smokefree and prevent the rise in alcohol harm.
    Team Lead for: Maramataka, Marae, Kura.
  • Canaan Tuhura (Systems Innovator): Empowers key people to support communities to eat well, be physically active, smokefree and prevent the rise in alcohol harm.
    Team Lead for: Workplace Wellbeing, Sport and Recreation.
  • Ngareta Delamere (Project Co-Ordinator): provides vital support to the Healthy Families Rotorua team and the Strategic Leadership Group.
    Team Lead for: Administrative and Secreterial matters, Team interface.



Healthy Families Rotorua
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Ph: 07 213 1995
Email: heeni@tearawawhanauora.org.nz






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