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The Hauora is a Maori philosophy of health and well-being unique to New Zealand.[1]

The Whare Tapa Wha model represents aspects of Hauora as the four walls of a whare, each wall representing a different dimension. All four dimensions are necessary for strength and stability.[2]

Other models of Hauora have been designed. In 1997, Moeau suggested that a fifth dimension, whenua (connection with the land), be added to the original model. In 2001, Hokowhitu also tried to have whenua added to the Tapawha model but again it was not added.

Recently, the Hauora has been integrated into many primary and secondary schools in New Zealand to allow children to understand and appreciate the important aspects of both fitness and well-being.

There are four dimensions of Hauora; Taha Tinana (Physical Wellbeing - health), Taha Hinengaro (Mental & Emotional wellbeing - self-confidence), Taha Whanau (Social Wellbeing - self-esteem) and Taha Wairua (Spiritual wellbeing - personal beliefs) There is physical, emotional/mental, social and spiritual caring.


  1. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) – The Online Learning Centre
  2. ^ Durie, Mason (1994). Whaiora; Maori Health Development. Oxford University Press. p. 90. 

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