Ruatau Perez

Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāpuhi

Ruatau Perez is passionate about sharing his knowledge of Whare Wānanga, guided by his own Tūpuna to share an indigenous worldview of health and well-being for modern-day living.

Ruatau spent ten years training under the renowned Rongoā practitioner Papa Hohepa Delamere. During this time, his interest in Māori philosophies grew, and he learnt and trained in mirimiri, romiromi Rongoaa wairakau/plant medicines and other Te Ao Māori approaches to healing, health, and wellbeing.

Using this extensive knowledge, he is now the Founder and Lead Practitioner of Te Arateatea Trust, which supports individuals and whanau to access Rongoaa Māori and traditional Māori healing practices. The trust empowers participants to embrace cultural and spiritual practices that directly enhance their mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

Since 2000, he has conducted wānanga in Aotearoa and worldwide, sharing knowledge about Te Ao Māori healing traditions. Ruatau also serves on the ACC Rongoa Māori Advisory Board. 

Additionally, Ruatau serves as the co-organiser of Mauri Tau, a two-tiered approach to suicide prevention for whānau in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Mauri Tau is designed to provide whānau with traditional wisdom and knowledge to facilitate their healing journey.


Te Arateatea Media and Supporters

Te Arateatea – a different approach to health and wellbeing

Mauri Tau

Te Arateatea Trust – Practitioners

Rongoā Māori practitioner hopes traditional healing system becomes mainstream

He Rangatira Our Leaders

Ben Hingston

Ngāti Whakauae, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Ben is an emerging leader in mental health and addiction services. He works at the cutting edge of health and politics to drive innovation and creativity in service commissioning to improve equity of health outcomes for Māori and improvements in the health system.

Kevin Pewhairangi

Ngāti Porou

Kevin Pewhairangi is focused on sharing his knowledge of tikanga Māori within his pharmacy and medical work.

Ellen Norman

Ngāti Kuri, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāpuhi

He kūaka mārangaranga, kotahi te manu, i tau ki te tahuna, tau atu, tau atu, kua tau mai

Di Grennell

Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri, Ngāi Tahu

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini.

My achievement is not that of the individual but the contributions of many.