Hauora is about nurturing our whole selves – our physical, mental and spiritual health, the strength of our whānau and our relationship with te taiao. The key is balance – all pou of Te Whare Tapa Whā need nurturing.
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What Te Whare Tapa Whā looks and feels like
Taha tinana – our physical health and wellbeing. How our body grows, feels, moves and how we look after it.
Taha wairua – our spiritual wellbeing. Hope, faith and meaningful connection to the world around us and our whakapapa.
Taha hinengaro – our mental and emotional wellbeing. All that we feel in our heart and our head, our thoughts and feelings.
Taha whānau – our whānau, family and social wellbeing. The people who matter to us and we feel connected to.
Whenua – our connection to land and our roots. Our physical, emotional and spiritual connection to the land, our place and te taiao.
Our hauora relies on all of these five hauora parts being kei te pai and well. When we are not well, think about which pou may need some attention and care.