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Diagram of a whare, named with domains of Hauora.

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

It helps schools be educated and prepared for what students are about to face in life.[citation needed]

There are four dimensions of hauora: taha tinana (physical well-being – health), taha hinengaro (mental and emotional well-being – self-confidence), taha whanau (social well-being – self-esteem) and taha wairua (spiritual well-being – personal beliefs).[2]

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.[3]

Other models of hauora have been designed. For example, in 1997, Lewis Moeau, iwi leader and later cultural advisor for the Prime Minister suggested that a fifth dimension, whenua (connection with the land), be added to the original model.[4] In 2001, Hokowhitu[citation needed] also tried to have whenua added to the Tapawha model but again it was not added.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) – The Online Learning Centre
  2. ^ Chant grab their chances
  3. ^ Durie, Mason (1994). Whaiora; Maori Health Development. Oxford University Press. p. 90.
  4. ^ Fielden, Kay; Stevenson, Susan; Grant, Suzanne; Zangala, Kristyl; Going, Nikki (April 2020). Whare Tapa Rima – The Five-sided Home: A Best Practice Learner Support Model (PDF) (Report). Ako Aotearoa. p. 8.

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