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© 2015 Aratika Trust

Aratika Cancer Trust - Meet our Team

The Aratika Cancer Trust is Rotorua based with six volunteer trustees. Aratika grew out of a dream. Our focus is on integrated medicine, where our programmes are complimentary to conventional medicine. Started in August 2010, Aratika Cancer Trust become an incorporated society in July 2011.

Patron - Dr. Barbara Hochstein

Dr Barbara Hochstein, formerly Chairperson and now Patron and Radiologist. In over 20 years diagnosing cancer, Barbara was frequently asked by patients for advice on what else they can do in addition to the surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy that conventional medicine offers. After meeting Professor Shaun Holt, Victoria University and reading his book Complimentary Therapies for Cancer. What works, what doesn’t... and how to tell the difference (Craig Potton Publishing, 2010), Barbara formed a small group of people with appropriate backgrounds and awareness to establish the Aratika Cancer Trust.

Wendy Lewis - Trustee

Wendy Lewis, Trustee

A retired Radiographer, Wendy has lived and worked in Rotorua for over 30 years. She has worked in womens health for many years, the last 20 years as a mamography at Lakes Radiology in Rotorua and as part of the team on the mobile Breast Screening unit for Midland health services. She is currently enjoying spending time with her grandchildren!



Sarah Jamieson - Treasurer

Sarah Jamieson, Treasurer

Associate Chartered Accountant, Member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. Sarah brings 10 years accounting experience to Aratika and volunteers her time to help with all our financial matters. She is also a local business owner and a busy Mum!

Claire Gower-James
Trust Manager

Claire Gower-James, Trust Manager

has a Diploma in Teaching, Bachelor in Education - 12 years primary school teaching including 3 yrs with the Life Education Trust. Working with people in the Community aligned with health education has continued to be a passion for Claire. Currently raising, three teenage children, work experience has included; Family Planning Educator, Rehab Coach with adults who have experienced a TBI, Clinical Trials Study Coordinator and now Aratika Cancer Trust. The voice behind the phone!

Susan Brown - Chairperson

Susan Brown, Chairperson. 

BA, Dip. Physiotherapy, Wedding and Funeral Celebrant, Roots of Empathy Facilitator and Capers Cafe owner. Susan has a strong interest in current mind-body medicine research and holistic integrative medicine practices, which she utilised during her cancer diagnosis. Susan and her partner Gregg are the parents of one adult and two teenage children. 

Teena & Kehukehu Butler - Kaumatua

Teena & Kehukehu Butler, Kaumatua

Have been married for over 40 years. They share four children and delight in spending time with their eight mokopuna. Kehukehu, Teena and their whanau are entrenched in Tikanga Maori. Kehukehu affiliates to Te Arawa, Ngati Awa, Ngaiterangi and Nga Puhi Iwi. 

Teena affiliates to Ngaiterangi, Ngati Ranginui and Tainui Iwi.

Kehukehu and Teena joined the Aratika journey after Kehukehu was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017. They attended their first Aratika Retreat in April 2018. Here it became evident that Kehukehu and Teena could offer the Trust cultural guidance and support in Te Ao Maori. 

Kehukehu is a radio announcer with the Tauranga Moana Iwi radio station; thereby being able to share his cancer journey with his listeners. Kehukehu and Teena's vision is to assist and support others through their cancer journey, especially Maori whanau. 

Tove Jensen-Munro - Trustee

Tove Kisho Jensen-Munroe has recently joined our fold and we are so fortunate to be able to have such an experienced, passionate meditation guide amongst us to share her teachings.

Tove has been meditating and studying Buddhist and Yogic philosophies for over 30 years. Tove holds an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree from The California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco where she pursued studies in transpersonal psychology, human development, and consciousness. She also attended Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado studying contemplative psychology and she holds a graduate diploma in psychology from Massey University in New Zealand.  She has been ordained in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition and apprenticed as a yoga teacher for many years.   In 2016 Tove was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and a rare condition called Amyloidosis that severely damaged her heart. She has been through the rigors of chemotherapy and survived a dire prognosis. She now guides and facilitates meditation groups in Rotorua and is available to guide meditation practices and support individuals who are challenged with a cancer diagnosis.  She lives in Rotorua with her husband and two Blue Heelers and teaches meditation for Aratika Cancer Trust. 

June Northcroft Grant - Trustee

June Northcroft Grant, Trustee

ONZM, Artist, Breast & Cervical Screening Health Promoter Te Arawa, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao. Born in the Whakarewarewa Village. Committee member of Te Atinga, the national visual art collective. Cancer survivor. She has worked with various Breast Cancer support organisations. ONZM for services to Maori and Maori Art. June is an active member of the trust involved in all our activities and in 2018 she helped establish the annual PinkHoe fundraising event that gives generously to help support local people with cancer.

Kylie Lang - Trustee

Kylie has a Diploma in Teaching, Bachelor of Education, Diploma in Business Studies and a Diploma in Event Planning and Management. She has been a teacher, coach and event organizer before starting her own business, Wholly Chocomole selling vegan cakes and slices. She is also a Life Coach.

Kylie spent time doing the admin and organising the Pink Walk for the Rotorua Breast Cancer Trust and then helped out the Aratika Trust with admin and retreat volunteering before becoming a Trustee during 2018.

Kylie believes you can take the Aratika values and principles and apply them to your life at any stage and benefit from feeling good.

Dorien Vroom - Trustee

Dorien Vroom joined Aratika mid way through 2017, she is also a local business owner and has worked in the Tourism industry for over 27 years. She is orginally from the Netherlands but now calls New Zealand (Rotorua) home!

Dorien brings many business & life skills to Aratika and is a great supporter of all our programmes.

Mereheeni Hooker
Former Trustee

Mereheeni Hooker, Trustee

We fare welled this beautiful, wise, cherished soul from our midst. Mereheeni passed on 14 Jun 2019. She was a courageous, compassionate wise woman focused on the care of others.

Married to John since 1976. 15 years in Tertiary Education in PA and Project Management work, Masters in Business Admin. Trustee of Whakarewarewa 2B and Peka Trusts. Mereheeni had breast cancer in 2009, and wants to make a difference for others. The values and principles of Aratika sit well with her Maori Tikanga.