Whare Tapa Whā through the holidays!
The holidays provide a great space to spend some time dedicated to rest, recharging and having fun. Whare Tapa Whā provides great guidance.
Firstly, the science...
Te Whare Tapa Whā is a model of hauora and oranga (wellbeing) developed by Sir Mason Durie, a prominent Māori health advocate and psychiatrist. It considers and addresses four dimensions that contribute to our ihauora and wellbeing (Te Taha Whānau, Te Taha Wairua, Te Taha Tinana and Te Taha Hinengaro). This provides a holistic framework for supporting our overall hauora and oranga (wellbeing). It recognises that neglecting any one dimension can impact the overall balance and harmony of our wellbeing.
Why this activity?
It’s the time when we get excited about the holidays knowing it’s a time to rest and recharge.. (though we wouldn’t advocate you wait til the school holidays as the only time to do this!.. We so encourage this for throughout the term time too! ). This activity means we can spend some time conjuring up some of the things we’re looking forward to, as well as creating a go-to when we’re stuck for things to do, or want to schedule in some wellbeing boosting activities proactively.
What to do
Kōrero with tamariki about Whare Tapa Whā as a way to consider our hauora and oranga. Ask what are some of the things we could do at home, with whānau, in the community with each other to support each of the five pou of our hauora.
Use the examples on the worksheet, and below to support this kōrero and generate some more ideas
Te Taha Hinengaro
Read some pukapuka
Te Taha Wairua
Spend time outside (equally good for tinana!)
Take some mindful breaths in a quiet spot
Te Taha Whānau
Spend time with siblings, parents, family friends and grandparents
Prepare something together for Matariki - share some kai, look at the whetū
Te Taha Tinana
Create some delicious kai to fuel you
Head to the park or playground with whānau or friends
Be sure tamariki take their worksheets home. Ask that they complete part of it with whānau in order that it becomes their collective hauora plan!
Ask tamariki to share photos of their time together with whānau doing some of the things they’ve enjoyed and felt hauora boosting!
Personal Health and physical development: A1 - Personal growth and development
Personal Health and physical development: A3 - Safety management
Personal Health and physical development: A4 - Personal identity
Relationships with other people: C1 - Relationships