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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.

https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/populations/maori-health/maori-health-models/maori-health-models-te-whare-tapa-wha


 

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.

https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/populations/maori-health/maori-health-models/maori-health-models-te-wheke


 

Te Pae Mahutonga

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

https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/populations/maori-health/maori-health-models/maori-health-models-te-pae-mahutonga

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