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Our Retreat Facilitators


Kaytee Boyd

Kaytee has been involved in the Health and Wellness industry for over 25 years.


After graduating from Otago University with a double degree in Human Nutrition and Sports Science, Kaytee became a member of the Nutrition Society of NZ and became a MINND foundation practitioner.


Kaytee has continued on with further study within CHEK Institute – Holistic Lifestyle Coaching disciplines, ACNEM, and was also awarded a Prime Minister’s Scholarship.


Kaytee is also an advisor on the board of Breast Cancer Network Foundation

She also finds time to facilitate at Aratika Retreats and is a 'powerhouse' of information.

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Susan Brown

Susan Brown has a background in physiotherapy alongside 21 years as a Wedding and Funeral Celebrant.


As an Aratika Trustee and with her own cancer experience, Susan has a strong interest in functional medicine.


She works as a Roots Of Empathy Facilitator and Food Store Manager for Capers Café, Rotorua. 


Prekure certified Mental Health Coach and facilitator at our Aratika Retreats.


She is the Mum of three teenage children.

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Liz Maluschnig

Liz is a Counsellor with her own practice Life Unlimited Counselling and Seminar Services.


She has travelled nationally and internationally facilitating groups and teaching seminars. 


She began her career as a registered nurse specialising in oncology and haematology.  Liz is also trained as a Spiritual Director and facilitates  Canlive cancer healing and wellbeing retreats.


She currently works in private practice as a Counsellor.  She has also authored 4 books and is a marriage celebrant.

Liz lives on an eco lifestyle property with her husband an old faithful lab and two adult children.

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Dr. Barbara Hochstein

Radiologist, Clinical Director for Breast Screen Aotearoa, Bay of Plenty since 1999, Clinical Lecturer at Auckland University Medical School.


Over 22 years diagnosing cancer, frequently asked by patients for advice on what else they can do in addition to standard medical treatments. 



established the Aratika Trust with a small group of trustees to support cancer patients with empowering information on evidence-based complimentary therapies.

She facilitates many of our therapeutic creative

art workshops. 


Joanna Taylor

Jonna has been a 

registered Psychologist for the past seven years, working in the  Health Psychology field, long-term health conditions and oncology.


She pulls on her immense experience as a carer and advocate for three very close family members who have experienced serious cancer diagnoses and treatments. Her previous work included: agricultural careers promotion; project design and management within youth agricultural education; change management consultation and family violence counselling and group facilitation.


She lives on a lifestyle property in the mighty Manawatū with her ‘rock’ and amazing husband of 40 years, Peter, and ‘Red’ their mischievous Jack Russell. Their six awesome tamariki and eight beautiful mokopuna are regular visitors thankfully.

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Teena & Kehukehu



 Kehukehu and Teena  offer Aratika Trust cultural guidance and support in Te Ao Maori.


Kehukehu is a radio announcer with the Tauranga Moana Iwi radio station, he is the voice on  Tauranga Moana Iwi radio.  He and Teena  have been married for over 40 years. 


Kehukehu affiliates to Te Arawa, Ngati Awa, Ngaiterangi and Nga Puhi Iwi.

Teena affiliates in Ngaierangi, Ngati Ranginui and Tainui Iwi.

Listen to the  interview with Kehu about his own journey with cancer on RNZ Te Ahi Kaa Series 

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Dr. Britta Noske

Founding Aratika Trustee, GP, Fellow RNZCGP, trained Meditation and Nutrition Facilitator

Has a strong interest in nutritional
and integrative medicine,
particularly in relation to cancer


Trained with and is a member of the Australasian College of Integrative Medicine, and the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine.


Britta’s own cancer diagnosis in 2010 precipitated much research into lifestyle changes. She has trained as a facilitator with the Gawler Foundation. 


Petrea King

Founder and CEO of Quest Foundation, Australia, established in 1989. 


Petrea is a well-known author, inspirational keynote speaker, teacher and facilitator.


She is also qualified as a naturopath, herbalist, clinical hypnotherapist, yoga and meditation teacher.

Petrea is at the forefront of wellness education, resilience training, healing and peace of mind. 


Kay Ryan


Kay is a registered psychotherapist in private practice and a founding member of Process Oriented Psychology

Supervisor with over 30 years experience working with individuals, couples, groups and organisations in the healthcare setting.


Co-Author of the book 'Doorways into Dying: Innovative Teachings for End of Life'.


Kay is very involved with Compassionate Communities Rotorua - Te Atawhai Aroha.

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