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What is Hauora?

Hauora is a philosophy unique to Māori culture. It’s made up of four dimensions that support and influence each other. These include:

  • Taha tinana: The physical dimension
  • Taha hinengaro: The mental dimension
  • Taha whānau: The family/social dimension
  • Taha wairua: The spiritual dimension

How can I maintain my mana and Hauora?

Practice whānaungatanga

Connect with your whānau and whenua by practising whānaungatanga. This could be as simple as messaging a friend to find out how they are, or offer to catch up over some kai –

Look after your tinana

Look after your tinana by getting out and about and doing things you enjoy. Why not join a sports team, gym, or even a kapa haka group! If you like getting outdoors, you could ask a mate to come along.

Take care of your hinengaro

Sometimes this can mean talking to friends and whānau about how you’re feeling, or even just slowing down and taking a few deep breaths.  It’s important to reach out when we need a bit of awhi and aroha. Practising your breathing can help rest your mind too.

Take care of your wairua

Reconnect with your atua, iwi, marae and whenua. Start by having a korero with kaumatua to learn about your whakapapa, saying a karakia, and visiting your marae are all ways you can take care of your wairua.

Practise the art of manaakitanga

We can show appreciation and encouragement by practising manaaki. You could offer a friend or whānau member an act of kindness, shout them a treat, or do some mahi for them. Words of encouragement can be good for our mauri as well!

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