Aratika Board

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Susan Brown Trustee Chair

Capers Cafe business owner.  Physiotherapist.  Celebrant.  Mother.  Retreat facilitator.

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Wendy Lewis Founding Trustee

Grandmother and retired Radiographer

Funding Co-ordinator.

Circle of Care

Tove Jensen-Munroe Programme Director
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Greg Taipari Trustee

Communication manager, media advisor, and ministerial press secretary.

June Grant Founding Trustee

ONZM for services to Maori and Maori Art.  Screening Paearahi

Te Arawa, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao.

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Claire Gower-James Manager

Super Hero. Teacher. Mother of three. She keeps us all organized and takes care of every little precious detail. 

Barbara Hochstein
Founding Trustee
Guiding Patron

Radiologist and our former chair.

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Sarah Jameson Treasurer

Associate chartered accountant, member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.

Empowering you to live well

is our mission.

Aratika Cancer Trust works to educate people diagnosed with cancer, and their whānau, about the benefits of integrative care through all stages of the cancer journey including diagnosis, treatment, recovery and beyond.  Integrative care involves the use of complementary therapeutic modalities, alongside conventional medical treatments for cancer, to enhance physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

Former Trustees

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Britta Norske

Founding Trustee
Meditation & Nutrition

More about Britta on our facilitator biography page.

Jane Saunders

Former Trustee

Empowering soul who left us on 17 Dec 2020.  Profoundly missed.  Teacher, spirited, artistic and inspirational.


Doreen Vroom-Barclay

Former Trustee

Local Rotorua business owner from the Netherlands.  Cancer thriver, determined and charming.

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Former Trustee

Dedicated, hardworking, and passionate about her business. 

Claire Taipari Trustee

Former Trustee

Māmā of two.  Cancer survivor.

Studying with Te Wānanga o Raukawa on her Te Reo Maori Jouney.

Te Ati Haunui a Pāpārangi / Ngāi Tūhoe 

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Mereheeni Hooker

Former Trustee

Guiding light who left us on 14 June 2019.  Profoundly missed.  Her life was spent in service to education and her Maori community. 

Kylie Lang Trustee