Resources Information Inspiration

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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 Hope

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

Listen to their stories. 



You, Me and the Big C

The coolest club you never want to be a part of....The team on the You, Me & the Big C podcast are your BFF’s, your sisters, brothers, fathers and mothers. A candid look at cancer, with Steve Bland, Deborah James and Lauren Mahon.

Talking Cancer- Macmillan Cancer Support

Radio DJ Emma B meets people living with and affected by cancer for honest conversations over a cuppa. Expect real experiences from people who understand

what you’re going through, plus useful advice and information from Macmillan

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We have an Aratika lending library.  Some of these books are available for loan or you can inter-loan online.

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 are working on updating the Nutritional Links for now. Stay tuned, more to be shared very soon!



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