Chair of the Roopu Kaitiaki
Clinic Manager | Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Centre Manager | Research Project Coordinator
Integrative Health Consultant
Integrative Massage Therapist
Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Reiki and FLOWPresso Practitioner
Personal Trainer | Wellbeing Coach and Mentor
Dr Anna Rolleston
Nan McKenzie BPEd, Dip Couns, Dip Tch
Chair of Roopu Kaitiaki
When Anna decided to establish the Cardiac Clinic in 2010, Nan McKenzie was right there beside her. With a background in PE and fitness, experience running the cardiac rehab exercise programme at Tauranga hospital, and a passion for education, Nan was instrumental in helping set up and run the clinic, especially in those early days. She now specialises in teaching stretching and breathing, which she started talking about long before yoga was fashionable.
Nan has never been bound by convention. As a PE teacher, Nan was far more interested in promoting exercise as a way to help improve confidence and coordination for all students than she was running drills, coaching teams and organising sports events. As a guidance counsellor, she taught social and career education programmes so students learned practical transition skills they could use outside of the classroom. As a manager at the national Careers Service (now Careers NZ) she was instrumental in bringing to life innovative career education programmes and resources. When she came for a visit to Tauranga to find a place to live “later on,” she instead ended up buying and running a gym here.
Nan is driven by a desire to help people live healthier, happier lives, no matter what age. “Now that I’m older,” she says, “I’m really interested in ageing healthily and helping people keep moving.” Nan walks the talk, she can often be found riding her bike, exercising at the clinic, or, when her knee permits, jogging around Mauao.
Hannah Lowe MSc RCEPNZ
Clinical Exercise Physiologist | Clinic Manager
Hannah is one of the inaugural Clinical Exercise Physiologists in New Zealand. An allied health profession that is slowly gaining the respect and recognition as a leading means of chronic health disease and injury prevention, management and rehabilitation. As the Clinical Lead at the Centre for Health, Hannah provides the tools and expertise to help individuals understand how exercise, lifestyle, stress, nutrition and other factors impact our unique physiology.
Utilising evidence based research, Hannah combines cultural, environmental and our own unique health and wellness objectives to develop targeted, safe and effective plans. Whether your goals are wellness focused, health improvement or performance oriented, Hannah can help any individual navigate the plethora of health information by first developing a thorough understanding of our own physiology and needs.
With roles on advisory and registration Boards and a future goal of pursuing her own research insterests, Hannah thrives off being at the forefront of a health system that is constantly developing and pushing the boundaries of what we understand “health” to be.
Living and breathing her own recommendations (probably a bit further then necessary..), Hannah “enjoys” finding her physical and mental limitations and pushing past them while being fully emersed in the beauty of nature during multi hour and/or day expeditions by foot, bike or kayak.
Centre Manager | Research Project Co-Ordinator
Kelly is of Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Ruanui descent and has just recently relocated back to Tauranga after spending the last 20 years in Auckland.
She comes from a corporate background in insurance, and brings with her vast leadership experience managing and coaching a large operational team. She has provided business support in other areas such as product development, underwriting and system transition and implementation. One of Kelly’s career highlights was winning the NZ Overall Best Workplace Award whilst on the leadership team. This recognised the leadership teams collective efforts and focus on consistent and open communication, maintaining high levels of engagement, and pursuing excellence, contributing to a great company culture.
After an 18 year tenure with her previous organisation, Kelly was ready for a change, leading her to the Centre for Health. Kelly’s excited to be back in Tauranga, with her large extended whānau, and to be working on a project with the primary focus of supporting our Māori community to enable each individual to flourish.
Dr Marama McDonald Phd
Dr Marama McDonald is of Ngati Kauwhata and Rangitane descent and works as a researcher in the area of Maori health and wellbeing. She is passionate about Maori health development that focuses on the ‘whanau’ as the source for positive change and growth. She contributes to Maori health and wellbeing at both a research/policy level but also at the community/grassroots level through her involvement in local kura kaupapa and wharekura.
Marama’s faith in an integrative, holistic approach to healthcare is grounded partly in her academic research but also largely from her experience within the health system. Marama and her whanau accessed holistic integrative health services alongside conventional medicine during her son’s battle with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) and is a fierce proponent of this approach to treating and preventing illness for individuals and whanau.
Marama’s current research interests are in Kaupapa Maori research, ageing, mental health and holistic models of health. Her next research project is looking at the development of a kaupapa Maori mindfulness intervention for tamariki/rangatahi (children/teenagers).
Ko Maungakaka te maunga
Ko Orutua te awa
Ko Horouta te waka
Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi
Ko Te Whānau a Hunaara te hapu
Ko Matahi o te Tau te marae
Ko Erina Korohina ahau
Erina has been working as a public health practitioner since graduating from a BSc in Human Nutrition in 2006. Nine of those years were spent living and working in Tai Tokerau supporting the workforce development of the Maori nutrition and physical activity kaimahi and working on grassroots community development programmes. More recently she has been working as a kaiārahi nutrition with the national Māori nutrition and physical activity organisation – Toi Tangata.
In 2018 she was awarded the Heart Foundation MāoriCardiovascular Fellowship and is embarking on a research and study journey with a kaupapa Māori focus looking at barriers, enablers and solutions to maintaing a healthy nutrition lifestyle.
Erina and her family enjoy heading down the coast to connect with whānau and whenua. She is passionate about learning more about sustainable living practices and systems such as maramataka so she can work with her whānau to redevelop their papakainga.
Wiremu Matthews BPharm
Integrative Health Consultant
Wiremu Matthews, Ngåti Ranginui, is a kiwi dad and husband, blessed to have 5 great children and an awesome wife, Kristen. He brings an integrative and transdisciplinary approach to all that he does. He uses knowledge and skills from western medicine and natural health to empower people to manage their own health sustainably.
Originally qualified and experienced as a pharmacist, Wiremu became disenchanted with a medicine-dominant approach to symptom management and undertook additional training in nutrition and personal training. He established and ran a successful personal training gym offering a more proactive and preventative approach, using exercise and food to improve health and wellness. While acknowledging the enormous contribution nutrition and exercise make to health outcomes, Wiremu identified that this wasn’t a magic pill for everyone. More research and study led him to psychoneuroimmunology (the study of how our thoughts and feelings affect our physical health and wellbeing). Indigenous peoples have long known how inextricably linked the spirit and the body are and the role they have in health and disease and Wiremu draws on that wisdom in his work.
Using specific processes, Wiremu facilitates change in people by addressing underlying unresolved negative emotions, which can keep us trapped in the limited beliefs and behaviours that often lead to poor health behaviours. This approach enables people to change beliefs, behaviours and therefore circumstances and physical symptoms that don’t support their wellness, approaching the ‘authentic self’ who is inherently full of health and vitality and is self healing.
Wiremu has also run several businesses and currently has a human development and performance company that runs advanced reading courses and advancing leaders programs. He is in the process of developing other coaching programs for public and private companies who want their people to be healthier and perform at higher levels.
Ko Mauao te maunga
Ko Tauranga te moana
Ko Takitimu te waka
Ko Ngati Ranginui te iwi
Ko Pirirakau te hapu
Ko Poututerangi te marae
Growing up on the marae, raised by her wider whanau and hapu, Mere was surrounded by a network of healers, health practitioners and devotees to Maori health. Traditional healing practices, including rongoa Maori and mirimiri were normal within her family so mirimiri came naturally as a chosen field.
Mere decided to grow her knowledge in healing, putting theory to intuition, and graduated as a Body Therapist in 2016 from Face & Beauty College in Tauranga where she gained skills and knowledge in Reflexology, Reiki, Swedish massage, Hot Stone Massage and Spa.
Mirimiri is a form of integrative health therapy, that encompasses healing methods of holistic nurturing to restore balance between tinana (physical), wairua (spiritual), hinengaro (mental), ngakau (emotional) and whanau (collective family) well-being.
Mere is a firm believer of self-care and creating balance in lifestyle. “When you take care of yourself first, everything will flow.”
Integrative Massage Therapist
After spending the early part of her career guiding whale watching tours in Kaikoura, Erina returned home to the Bay and is an integrative health massage therapist based in the Centre for Health.
Massage has always been a part of life for Erina and her whånau and it is something she showed a natural gift for. She graduated from the massage programme at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, and is also trained in Ortho-Bionomy, Myofascial Release and Lymphatic Enhancement Therapy.
Erina works with a range of clients, from children through to mature adults, athletes, people with serious health conditions such as cancer, heart, liver and kidney illnesses and those simply seeking to relax, unwind and still their busy mind.
In addition to relaxation effects, massage can also be beneficial for medical or therapeutic purposes, alleviating and reducing pain, supporting immunity, and providing comfort.
During each session, Erina takes the time to listen to each individual, understanding their unique needs and intentions and working to support them through their journey to better health.
Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEPNZ)
As a Registered Cinical Exercise Physiologist, Caitlin provides the knowledge and expertise to help test, prescribe and guide anyone on their health journey. A strong advocate of ‘knowledge is power’, Caitiln goes above and beyond to empower her clients and enusre they have a complete understanding of the what, why and how.
Sharing her time between the exercise clinic and additional work out in the community, Caitlin has an in depth understanding of the role an engaging and integrative health model can have on the long term health outcomes for anyone.
Caitlin radiates positivity and combined with patience and a caring nature have made her an integral part of our clinical team. An asset to not only the Centre’s team but to every client who has the privilege of working with her to better their own health journey.
Caitlin is a happy, social person who describes herself as an active relaxer. She loves climbing Mount Maunganui and the Papamoa Hills. Caitlin is very passionate about helping people with their health and achieve their wellbeing goals.
Reiki and FLOWPresso Practitioner
Paula is a corporate refugee. After unceremoniously extracting herself from the commercial hamster wheel, she entered a 4 year journey of learning, self-healing and self-discovery that has now led her to the doors of The Centre for Health.
Now a second degree Reiki practitioner, Aetiology Clinic taught FLOWPresso practitioner, writer, self-taught yoga enthusiast and change exponent, Paula endeavours to help facilitate healing for all individuals and at all levels; Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual.
“Can’t see the Wood for the Trees”.
Too often we get caught up in the smaller details of life and lose sight of the larger picture. This leads to disconnect often on a deep level that can go unseen and unnoticed and eventually lead to ill-ness and the development of dis-ease.
During a Reiki session, Paula will integrate energy healing with the use of other tools such as crystals, oils and sound therapy. The tools she uses depends on the holistic needs of the client she is working with.
Born and raised in Tauranga (Ngai te Rangi/ Ngati Ranginui), she acknowledges her tupuna and is uri (a descendant) of Ngati Maru (Hauraki), along the coastline to Te Whakatohea (Opotiki), Ngati Porou (Hicks Bay) and inland Tainui (Wakato) to Tuhoe (Te Urewera).
Having lived, worked and travelled in the UK with her husband Rob, they settled and had 3 children in Melbourne, Australia. They then returned home in 2010 to allow their children to “put down their roots” in Tauranga Moana.
Read more about Paula’s Reiki and FLOWPresso sessions under our list of services HERE.
Moving to the sunny Bay of Plenty nearly eight years ago has provided Dr Philippa Miskelly with opportunities to continue her work as a health researcher. As an anthropologist, Philippa has been involved in research looking at the role culture plays in healing beliefs and practices. This cultural aspect also encompasses workplace environments.
During six years with the Waikato District Health Board she worked alongside hospital and community based nurses researching models of patient care. Since moving to Tauranga she has worked on a number of research projects with colleagues from the University of Auckland; the focus of this work being on the health and wellbeing of older people.
Philippa’s current role with The Centre for Health involves coordinating three diverse projects which are looking to improve social and health outcomes for people and communities within the Bay of Plenty.
In her spare time Philippa can be found in her garden, walking along Papamoa beach with her husband, or Nia dancing.
Eva Wehipeihana joined the clinic as Anna’s PA and “general factotum” and says “I love working at the clinic – it’s a wonderful, healthy atmosphere and I have made lovely friends.” Eva has a varied background ranging from insurance to retail to real estate and, most importantly, mother, grandmother and sister.
Originally hailing from Wellington, which she describes as “the best city to live in the world and the coolest,” Eva has made Tauranga her home. She is passionate about whånau, reading, adding to her garden, playing boggle (which she’s amazing at), art, music and not always in that order. She is also a google addict and her catch-phrase is “just google it.” She struggles with Donald Trump, cat haters and intolerant, nasty people. Luckily we have none of these at the clinic!
Personal Trainer | Wellbeing Coach and Mentor
Rush is an internationally recognised dancer and youth mentor who focuses his mahi on improving health conditions in Indigenous communities.
Rush leads various health and wellness programmes through his work as a Director of Breakthru; an organisation based in remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. Rush also splits his time with the Kindness Institute, a mindfulness organisation created as a response to the mental health crisis in New Zealand.
Rush’s philosophy stems from his career as a professional dancer for more than 20 years, combined with his passion for Te Ao Māori. He is also a qualified master trainer with the Australasian Calisthenics Organisation (ACO).