Te Whare Tapa Whā

Te Whare Tapa Whā speaks to the 4 cornerstones of Māori health and wellbeing. We can use this model to help look after ourselves and those in our whānau.

Developed by Dr Mason Durie, Te Whare Tapa Whā speaks to the 4 cornerstones of Māori health and wellbeing. When there’s an imbalance or 1 of the cornerstones is missing, we may feel unwell or out of sorts.

Te Whare Tapa Whā tool (external link)

This model reminds us to take care of all aspects of our lives to support our wellbeing. The 4 cornerstones are:

  • taha tinana | physical wellbeing
  • taha hinengaro | mental wellbeing
  • taha wairua | spiritual wellbeing
  • taha whānau | family wellbeing.

Taha tinana | physical wellbeing

We can look after our physical health by:

  • washing our hands
  • coughing or sneezing into our elbows
  • staying at home if we’re sick
  • physically distancing from people we don’t know
  • cleaning surfaces that have been touched.

If you’re concerned about any aspect of your health, call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 611 116. All calls to Healthline are free and someone is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How to access healthcare

Taha hinengaro | mental wellbeing

Everyone’s mental wellbeing is still important. The Getting Through Together toolkit shares tips and information to help you look after yourself and your whānau.

The toolkit includes tools for parents, called Sparklers at Home, which provides support for parents to talk with their primary-school-aged children about their own mental health and wellbeing.

Getting Through Together (external link)

Sparklers at Home parenting toolkit (external link)

For support with anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How to look after your mental wellbeing

Taha wairua | spiritual wellbeing

Taha wairua is about our relationship with the environment, people and heritage in the past, present and future.

Your spiritual essence is your life force — your mauri. This is who and what you are, where you have come from and where you are going.

Feeling comfortable in your identity, values and beliefs helps you to feel secure in who you are and what you stand for. 

When you are content with yourself you are better able to cope with challenges, build strong whānau relationships and discover the things that uplift you.

Taha whānau | family wellbeing

Whānau is about extended relationships — not just your immediate relatives, it’s your friends, hoamahi/colleagues, your community and the people who you care about. 

Everyone has a place and a role to fulfil within their own whānau, and whānau contributes to your individual wellbeing and identity.

Strengthen your taha whānau by staying in touch and keeping the connections and close ties to others that we forged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Information on financial support

Help is available if you’re experiencing financial distress

Information on financial support

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