Join Tāmaki Paenga Hira to celebrate Matariki with a discussion on health and wellbeing based around Te Whare Tapa Whā, the Māori health model. Have a post-Covid refocus on the holistic ways that health is embodied in the Māori world.

Māori health expert Sir Mason Durie developed Te Whare Tapa Whā as a model of health and wellbeing in 1982. This model encapsulates a Māori view of health and wellness. It has four dimensions: taha wairua (spiritual health), taha hinengaro (mental health), taha tinana (physical health) and taha whānau (family health). Different parts of a wharenui (meeting house) represent each dimension.

Take some time to watch Amiria Puia-Taylor, Precious Clark and Pio Terei and listen to their whakaaro (thoughts) on Matariki and this winter season of gathering, remembering and renewing. 

Amiria Puia-Taylor

Amiria Puia-Taylor

b. 1988 
Ngaati Te Ata Waiohua / Ngaati Tiipa / Papeete, Tahiti / 
Malie, Samoa / Aitu, Aitutaki & Rarotonga, Te Ipu Karea (Cook Is)

Born and raised from Tahuna Marae Pā to the City of Tāmaki, Amiria has been working, weaving and serving her community since she was 15 years old. Now a Cultural Arts Manager, A weaver of space, people and an advocate of indigenous arts practices and rangatahi (young people) to protect and preserve our whenua taurikura, awa and waahi tapu by way of storytelling through beautifying built and urban spaces as a way to whakamana (uplift) indigenous narratives and interweave communities through the activation of arts.  

Amiria carries a wealth of knowledge and experience passed down by way of her elders, the people and western academia in her line of mahi within from community arts, youth development, resource/cultural monitoring and policy to working within the not for profit organisation advisory, consultancy and governance. 

Amiria holds an extension portfolio in the establishment and development of the following kaupapa: Metronesian Design (2007) | Painting for the People Mural Arts Initiative (2012) | Aotearoa Urban Arts Trust 2016 and currently The People Weaver  Ltd (2017) Ngā Atua Hou Ltd (2019) and a youth arts space in Onehunga, The 312 Hub -  The Rangatahi Hub Ltd (2018).
 

 

In preparation for the Matariki season I sat down with Amiria Puia-Taylor also known as The People Weaver to hear her thoughts on Te Whare Tapa Whā and hauora to check yourself before you head out to look after others. 

Pio Terei

Pio Terei

Comedian, actor and singer Pio Terei, MNZM has shown his talents across a host of TV shows — from comedy (Pio!, Pete and Pio!, The Life and Times of Te Tutu) and variety (Big Night In), to fishing (the long-running Tangaroa with Pio) and food shows (Pete and Pio's Kai Safari). Twice judged best comedy performer at the NZ Film Awards, Pio has also acted in Toa Fraser drama No. 2, and written and acted for anthology series Mataku. In 2009, he took over presenting duties on iconic quiz show It's in the Bag. Terei was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2012 New Year Honours, for services to entertainment. He set off through Aotearoa on foot, for two seasons of Māori TV series Te Araroa: Tales from the Trails in 2017 and then kept exploring Aotearoa with Off The Grid with Pio in 2019. He is currently the host of a new show on Māori Television called Pio Terei Tonight. 

 

I sat down with the incredible Pio Terei to talk to him about hauora and Te Whare Tapa Whā.

Precious Clark

Precious Clark

Precious Clark (Ngāti Whātua, Waikato and Pākeha) is the creator of Te Kaa and drives Te Kaa’s mission to help 10,000 people positively identify with Māori culture. Precious weaves her skills as a facilitator, cultural practitioner, businesswomen, professional director, lawyer, leader and teacher to deliver an engaging and enriching programme that is impacting on how New Zealand leverages off our unique cultural landscape. Being entrenched in her Māori culture she draws confidence to teach her culture, and also to challenge perceptions within, and of, her culture.
 

 

Matariki has risen and I sat down with Precious Clark to ask here about the way Te Whare Tapa Whā and hauora are folded into her life and work.

 

 

Matariki at Auckland Museum

Matariki at Auckland Museum

Explore the ways Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum is ackowledging this Matariki.

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