Health Services Team

Caring for our Community

The Health Services team has a blend of the necessary qualifications, skills, experience and compassion to ensure your needs are met. One of our focuses is on Health targets set by the Ministry of Health. We will publish our results and be transparent about our performance in this area.

Our Team

Hinepuarangi Loughlin
:-( Arohamai whanau, It is with sadness our fabulous Nurse Practitioner Hine has moved home to work with her Ngati Tuwharetoa Whanau. We will miss her dearly.

Ko Tongariro te maunga, Ko Taupo te moana, Ko Waikato te Awa, Ko Te Heu Heu te tangata.  Ahakoa ko tenei, e harikoa ana  toku ngakau ki te tiaki I toku taha whanau e noho ana ki Rotorua whaanui. I am a Nurse Practitioner who can prescribe medication, Māori Primary Care working with people of all ages. I aim to improve health outcomes for our whanau with a caring and patient centred approach.  Tihei mauri ora!

Andrea Fowler

Andrea is one of our Practice Nurses in the GP clinic.  She has been working at the Rūnanga for 9 years.  Originally from Auckland Andrea moved to Rotorua in 2006.  Her role is to support our doctors and see patients to help them manage their health needs.

Tamar Thyne
Practise Nurse
Te Arawa, Tuhourangi

Tamar is a registered nurse and has been with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao since 2008. Previously she has worked at the hospital in the medical department. With 10 years experience as a nurse, Tamar loves the team she works with at the rūnanga and her role supporting the health of whānau.

Akata Koloi

Akata is the Community Health Nurse working alongside Mika Vulu in the mobile nursing service for pacific peoples. She qualified as a Nurse in 1982. Akata left her home island of Tokelau in 2000 for NZ and started with the Rūnanga at the beginning of 2016.

I am grateful for this opportunity to make a difference for some of our elderly pacific population in Rotorua.
Katrina Maaka
Registered Nurse
Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Porou

Katrina has been a Registered nurse for 12 years now, mainly working alongside Tangata Whaiora and whānau within Mental Health. Katrina now delivers the Pēpe, Mokopuna and Tamaiti service for the Rūnanga, working alongside all enrolled hapū mama, as well as ngā pēpe, mokopuna and tamaiti.

It has been a true pleasure to return home and give back to my Iwi, Hapū of Ngāti Pikiao who have supported me and my whānau through my nursing career,.Ngā mihi kia koutou katoa.
Mikaele Vulu

​I am a Community Worker at Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao as part of a funded programme from Lakes District Health to look after our Pacific islands communities. We do home visits on Mondays and Wednesdays supporting the health care plans of patients and have a focus on diabetes, blood pressure within a framework of holistic health. Fridays we focus on physical health bringing our elderly together for exercise, health information and connection, which they look forward to. Ke manuia koutou.

Rena Morehu
Mirimiri Practitioner
Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pikiao

Rena has been with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao for twelve months as a mirimiri therapist. Prior to that she spent 20yrs in Australia doing various types of mirimiri work. Rena enjoys interaction, working with people of all age groups but especially with pakeke and tino pakeke. She utilises her gifts, experience and warm friendly nature to help people wherever, whenever possible.

Ariana Kameta
Te Arawa, Ngāti Pikiao

​Ariana joined the team in 2015 and is very dedicated to her mahi as well as working alongside Ngāti Pikiao whānui. Since joining the Health Services team she has taken up study in the field of Public Health through Massey University.

Donna Holt

Donna recently joined our Rūnanga as our full time receptionist and brings with her several years experience in administration and customer service relations. She has a genuine compassion and sincerity for people and plays a key role in helping to provide support in the health and wellbeing of them.