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Māori health: te whare tapa whā model

Māori health expert Mason Durie developed the whare tapa whā model of health in 1982. This encapsulates a Māori view of health and wellness and 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 of these dimensions.

Source: Mason Durie, Whaiora: Maori health development. Auckland: Oxford University Press, 1998, pp. 68–74

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