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Aratika Trust Supporters


The Aratika Cancer Trust has been very fortunate to have had loyal support from many organisations and individuals since its inception. Without such support it would have been difficult to run the programmes that have been offered or to reach the diverse number of participants that have taken part in these.


The Gawler Foundation


Based on Ian Gawler's cancer experience, Australia’s first active Cancer Support Group was established in 1981 to teach people how to increase their chances of survival from cancer and in 1983 The Gawler Foundation was established as a non-profit, non-denominational organisation to continue this important work. In 2002 the Foundation expanded its work to help people manage and halt the progress of multiple sclerosis led by Prof George Jelinek, author of Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis. Wellbeing retreats were introduced in 2004 to help people avoid illness and improve their general health and wellbeing. 

The Aratika Cancer Trust has been generously supported in the provision of our residential retreat programmes by The Gawler Foundation, who provided experienced and trusted facilitators for these. We have had a collaborative relationship since our inception for which we are very grateful.

Tauhara Centre


Tauhara is a retreat and conference centre located in Acacia Bay, overlooking Lake Taupo. Tauhara is the expression of an unfolding vision. It was founded to create a spiritual and educational centre which would draw together people of differing viewpoints and methods of working, but united in their search for truth and the establishment of goodwill and understanding in the world.

The Aratika Cancer Trust has been incredibly fortunate to be able to use the unique retreat facilities at Tauhara for our residential programmes. In addition, a partnership has been established between our two organisations, involving the maintenance of bee hives and production of honey.

Cancer Society 


The Cancer Society is an independent charity, dedicated to improving community well-being by minimising the impact and incidence of cancer, by providing, a wide range of practical assistance and community services for people with cancer and their family/whanau and friends. It also offers access to  information about cancer, health promotion and education programmes to teach the public how to reduce the risk of cancer through a smoke free, sun smart, healthy lifestyle, support for research into the causes, detection and treatment of cancer and advocacy for change at a local and national level for improved cancer control policy based on the evidence.


The local Rotorua branch of the Cancer Society has been very generous in allowing the Aratika Cancer Trust free use of their premises to run some of our programmes as well as promoting these to their clients.

Rotorua Breast Cancer Trust


The Rotorua Breast Cancer Trust offers support and care for those affected by breast cancer in the Rotorua community. They have been very generous by supporting Aratika Cancer Trust through promotion of our programmes and sponsorship of participants at these. 


Rotorua Area Primary Health Services


Rotorua Area Primary Health Services (RAPHS) is a not for profit clinical network, that has been committed to improving health and wellbeing in the Rotorua region for over 20 years.  It functions as a PHO, managing a range of clinical programmes for the community, and providing business, administrative and technology support for their member providers and partner organisations.

RAPHS has been generous at promoting programmes run by the Aratika Cancer Trust through their newsletters. There has also been collaboration in the provision of medical education around integrative cancer management to its membership.



Tauranga Breast Cancer Support Services


Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust offers practical advice and emotional support to people affected by a breast cancer diagnosis. 

It has been very generous in its support of the Aratika Cancer Trust through promotion of our programmes and sponsorship of participants, particularly at our residential programmes.



The Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA) is the peak medical body representing the doctors and other health care professionals who practice integrative medicine. Integrative medicine is a philosophy of healthcare with a focus on individual patient care and combining the best of conventional western medicine and evidence-based complementary medicine and therapies within current mainstream medical practice. AIMA is an independent not-for-profit organisation supported by its membership and governed by a board of voluntary doctors and academic leaders in the field of integrative medicine. 

AIMA NZ has supported the Aratika Cancer Trust through promotion of our programmes to its membership and referrals of individuals.

Dr Ian Gawler, OAM


Dr Ian Gawler is one of Australia's most experienced and respected authorities on Mind-Body Medicine and meditation. A long-term cancer survivor, Dr Gawler was diagnosed with bone cancer and his right leg was amputated in 1975. However, the disease recurred later that year. Drawing upon an integrated approach, he experienced a remarkable recovery. He is the founder of The Gawler Foundation, and has been running lifestyle-based cancer support groups since 1981. Dr Gawler is the author of six bestselling books on self-help techniques and has edited another seven books on Mind-Body Medicine.

The Aratika Cancer Trust hosted a one day workshop for Dr Ian Gawler in 2013 in Rotorua.