Resources Information Inspiration

At the beginning...Diagnosed, now what?

What is cancer? This might seem like a silly question. 

But do you really know what cancer is and how long humans have been dealing with this malady? 

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Cancer research and support organizations in Aotearoa.

Cancer Society NZ

Find your local Cancer Society and go visit!  Excellent resources, supportive care nurses, support groups, and volunteers. 

Te Aho o Te Kahu - Cancer Control Agency

Cancer Research Trust of New Zealand

Non government research trust.  Excellent source of information on research being done in New Zealand. 

Cancer Support - Healthpoint NZ

Integrative and Lifestyle Cancer Support



An app that offers a mobile, 24/7 cancer support service. 


Petrea King - Quest for Life

Shannon Harvey Health Journalist

Producer of excellent films and podcasts about health and mindfulness.  Very inspiring.


Ian Gawler

Cancer survivor and well known Australian who pioneered integrative and lifestyle medicine for those diagnosed with cancer.  His books and teachings have inspired many. 

Australian Integrative Medicine Ass - AIMA


Bruce Lipton - Biology of Belief

Inspiring Stories of Radical Hope

In 2020 RNZ interviewed a number Kiwis living with cancer as well as some of our Aratika Trustees. 

Listen to their stories. 

Kehukehu Butler 'My Cancer is my Mokai (Pet)'

Greg Taipari  'Knowledge is Power'

Claire Taipari  'Own Your Story'

Poihaere Knight  'Rogue Friend Cancer'

Aratika Cancer Trust 'Empowering People to Live Well'

Podcast Lets talk about the C Word

Hosted by Helen King, breast cancer survivor, this podcast is a platform for people to share authentic experiences of cancer.  Helen is creative, witty, raw and real.  You can also follow her on Facebook.


The topic of nutrition, what to eat or not, if you have cancer, is a minefield.  There are many different opinions from experts who seem like they know what they are talking about.  At Aratika retreats we serve a plant-based diet with moderate doses of our favorite yummies. 

The links below are for your information.  It is up to you to find the right diet for your constitution.  Most importantly enjoy your food.  Enjoy your life.  




We have an Aratika lending library.  We have some of these books are available for loan.

Radical Hope                                      Kelly A Turner, PhD

Your LIfe Matters                               Petrea King

Up until Now - a memoir                 Petrea King

Quest for Life                                       Petrea King

Spirited Women                                 Petrea King

The Biology of Belief                        Bruce Lipton

Dying to be Me                                   Anita Moorjani

The Genie in Your Genes               Dawson Church, PhD

Love is Letting go of Fear              Gerald Jampolsku, Md

Life, Happiness and Cancer        Phil Kerslake

Meditation an In-depth Guide     Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson

Unbreakable Spirit                           Karen McMillan

Rock Maze