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Māori Health Models

Te Whare Tapa Whā – The four-sided house

One model for understanding Māori health is the concept of ‘te whare tapa whā’ – the four cornerstones (or sides) of Māori health.



Te Wheke – The Octopus

Traditional Māori health acknowledges the link between the mind, the spirit, the human connection with whānau, and the physical world in a way that is seamless and uncontrived. Until the introduction of Western medicine there was no division between them.



Te Pae Mahutonga

Te Pae Mahutonga (Southern Cross Star Constellation) brings together elements of modern health promotion.


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