Aratika Board

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Susan Brown Trustee Chair

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

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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Wendy Lewis Founding Trustee

Grandmother and retired Radiographer

Funding Co-ordinator.

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Greg Taipari Trustee

Communication manager, media advisor, and ministerial press secretary.

Circle of Care

Tove Jensen-Munroe Programme Director
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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. 

Claire Taipari Trustee
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Sarah Jameson Treasurer

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

Māmā of two.  Cancer survivor.

Former Support Manager with the Rotorua Children's Team.

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

Te Ati Haunui a Pāpārangi / Ngāi Tūhoe 

Barbara Hochstein
Founding Trustee
Guiding Patron

Radiologist and our former chair.

Empowering you to live well

is our mission.

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. 

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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