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Te Whare Tapa Wha


Raukura, Maori and Pasifika Pastoral Care offers holistic support that aligns with Te Whare Tapa Wha, Sir Mason Durie’s (1984) health and wellbeing model. The model symbolizes the four walls of a wharenui (meeting house/home), of which each section is strengthened by its connection to Whenua (land).

To support your UCOL learner journey, Raukura encourages Ākonga to build wellbeing and resilience using the following approaches:

Nau mai haere mai ki te whare kuratini o Te Pae Matauranga ki te Ao.

Taha Wairua | Spiritual Well-being

Essence of the person – the unseen and unspoken energies that surround the person. Spiritual elevation & Sensory Awareness. Lifting the spirit through belonging. This connects us to our drive, motivations, passions, expectations, personal identity.

Self-help: There’s more to you than what you do – learn to accept who you are and what you can be, take the time to reflect and meditate, support others unconditionally, surround yourself with positivity and wellness.

Raukura: Visit the whānau room and experience whakawhanaungatanga to uplift your wellbeing and build new relationships.


Taha Hinengaro | Mental & Emotional Well-being | Cognition

Our ability to express our thoughts, feelings and emotions through words, actions and moods. Our unrealised potential of how we see ourselves and our place in the universe. Easing the unconscious mind – still unseen, still forming.

Self-help:Focus on the things you do well and have achieved, take the time to celebrate your successes, make the most of safe and positive spaces that make you feel good about yourself, reflect and share moments and thoughts with others.

Raukura: Visit the whānau room knowing this is your place, where you can be yourself in a safe, inclusive space.


Taha Tinana | Physical Well-being

The capacity for physical growth and development of self and others. Ask yourself – “what is my body trying to tell me?” It strengthens your capacity to cope and feel mentally well.

Self-help: Healthy and nutritious kai, good sleep, regular and active exercise.

Raukura: Visit the whānau room and experience the mauri that connects us as whānau and encourages resilience and wellbeing.


Taha Whānau | Family & Social Well-being

Sense of belonging and capacity to care and connect with family and wider social networks. This allows you to have a strong social support system, ensures connectedness and the knowledge that you are not alone.

Self-help: Learn your whakapapa (heritage), participate in group and/or whānau activities, share your stories in a safe space, spend time with peers and/or loved ones.

Raukura: Visit the whānau room nurture whānau wellbeing, meeting our team and experiencing genuine manaakitanga.


Whenua | Land, roots

The place we are physically and spiritually nourished, where we are connected and where the mauri, the life-force, spiritually uplifts us - a sense of oneness.

Working towards a flourishing mauri acknowledges an understanding of the interconnectedness of all TAHA of Te Whare Tapa Whā.

Self-help: Learn your whakapapa (heritage), create your sense of belonging to nourish your Taha.

Raukura: Visit the whānau room to reflect and experience the elements that support, optimize and sustain our health and wellbeing.

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