Te Whare Tapa Whā poster

Te Whare Tapa Whā, developed by Sir Mason Durie, is a New Zealand indigenous model for wellbeing.

The Whare Tapa Whā was developed as a response to a piece of research by the Māori Women’s Welfare League in the late 70s. Rapuora, the piece of research which had uncovered health issues and barriers amongst Māori, including a lack of spiritual recognition and issues of structural racism. Te Whare Tapa Whā was, and still is, used as a framework that can help support engagement with Māori when it comes to acknowledging the wider contributing factors when it comes to wellbeing.

The four dimensions are

Taha Tinana – the capacity for physical growth and development

Taha Hinengaro – the capacity to communicate, to think and to feel

Taha Wairua – the capacity for faith and wider communication

Taha Whānau – The capacity to belong, to care and to share where individuals are part of wider social systems.

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