Whare Tapa Wha

Ki te kotahi te kākaho ka whati, ki te kāpuia, e kore e whati 

When a reed stands alone, it can easily break, but when bound together, it is unbreakable. 

Room 12, is  focusing on caring for ourselves as part of the Dare to Care inquiry.

One way we looked at this was by using the holistic Māori health model designed by Mason Durie - Te Whare Tapa Whā. Te whare tapa whā is a way of representing ourselves as a whare (house) with the four walls that represent areas of ourselves that help build up our health as a whole. These four walls are taha wairua, our spiritual side or those things that help to ground us, taha whānau, our family and friends, taha tinana which is our physical wellbeing and taha hinengaro, our mental health.

Te Whare Tapa Whā says that these four walls all need to have strength in order to keep our well-being at its peak potential. If one of the walls begins to crumble it can affect the structure of our whare, and begin to affect other things in our lives, therefore we need to find ways to build our walls back up and continue to stay strong.




As an entire class, we broke down what each of those four sides mean for us. We then took those ideas and created individual posters that explain what each of those walls mean for us.



Each week, across the team, we are collaborating in a class wide whare - placing post-it notes on each wall talking about something that we did in the week to help support one of our four walls.


Grayson  - If your walls break down, your house will fall down.

AJ  - You have to look after all of your walls. It’s important because if you don’t, you might get sick or lonely.

Stacy  - I realised I focus more on my physical health and not the others.

Keywords: Te Whare Tapa Wha, health, māori, wellness, mindfulness, well-being, Inquiry, 

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