Connecting our community through the principles of Hauora (well-being), so that every child has an equal opportunity to shine.



Equality vs Equity

Equality is treating everyone the same and aims to promote fairness, but it can only work if everyone starts from the same place and needs the same help. Equity is about giving everyone what they need to be successful. 



Kura Connect is creating Whanau wrap-around community services so all our kids are on an even playing field, to reach their full potential - on and off the track!

Te Whare Tapa Whā

This model was developed by Professor Sir Mason Durie.

There are four dimensions of Hauora (well-being). Should one of the four dimensions be missing or in some way damaged, a person or a collective may become ‘unbalanced’ and subsequently unwell.


In a traditional Māori approach to well-being, the inclusion of the wairua (spirit), the role of the whānau (family) and the balance of the hinengaro (mind) are as important as the physical manifestations of illness


Taha tinana (physical health)

This dimension is about the physical body, its growth, development, and ability to move, and ways of caring for it. Good physical health is required for optimal development.



Our physical ‘being’ supports our essence and shelters us from the external environment. The physical dimension is just one aspect of health and well-being and cannot be separated from the aspect of mind, spirit and family.

Taha wairua  (spiritual health)

This dimension is about the values and beliefs that determine the way people live, the search for meaning and purpose in life, and personal identity and self-awareness (For some individuals and communities, spiritual well- being is linked to a particular religion; for others, it is not.)

Health is related to unseen and unspoken energies.

The spiritual essence of a person is their life force. This determines us as individuals and as a collective, who and what we are, where we have come from and where we are going.

A traditional Māori analysis of physical manifestations of illness will focus on the wairua or spirit, to determine whether damage here could be a contributing factor.

Taha whānau  (family health)


The dimension of family relationships, friendships, and other interpersonal relationships; feelings of belonging, compassion, and caring; and social support.

Whānau provides us with the strength to be who we are. This is the link to our ancestors, our ties with the past, the present and the future. It also relates to relationships and connections with our community and our mother earth.

Understanding the importance of whānau and how whānau (family) can contribute to illness and assist in curing illness is fundamental to understanding health issues in New Zealand.


Taha hinengaro  (mental health)

This dimension is about coherent thinking processes, acknowledging and expressing thoughts and feelings and responding constructively.


The capacity to communicate, to think and to feel mind and body are inseparable. Thoughts, feelings and emotions are integral components of the body and soul.


This is about how we see ourselves in this universe, our interaction with that which is uniquely us and the perception that others have of us.


The Papakura well-being community network concept


(mental health)

 (family health)

 (spiritual health)

 (physical health)

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