• Kaupapa Māori Model of Practice

    Tihei-wā - Mauri Ora

  • The Kaupapa


    The kaupapa of this framework is in the 'knowing' that the Maori worldview holds the knowledge for Māori

    to make sense of their own existence and life to begin their own healing journey.


    What is unique about this framework is that it is based on whakaaro Māori from a Te Rarawa/Ngāpuhi perspective.


    The concepts of this framework have been significantly informed by the writings of the Reverend Māori Marsden.


    Tihei-wa Mauri Ora is an assessment tool; a narrative tool based on the Māori worldview of creation.


    It has been developed with and endorsed by kaumātua and kuia prior to its implementation.


    Key Principles and Values

    Whāia Te Oranga - willingness to grow/change; wellbeing

    Mātauranga Māori - provides meaning and understanding; purpose

    Kia Ū Ki Te Rongomau - healing and wellbeing

    A Living Tool


    Tihei-wa Mauri Ora recognises the different realms of being.


    It is a developed resource that has evolved over time.


    The resources and contexts in which it has been used in are varied:

    taitamariki and whānau;

    mental health;


    victim support;


    Kura Kaupapa Māori;

    Te Tai Tokerau Branch of NZAC.


  • Towards Understanding

    Understanding the concepts are important to actualise the potential of Tihei-Wā Mauri Ora in practice.

    It's not difficult to understand if you are willing to read, understand and then do. No one is going to give you an 'abc' or 'how to' guide. It's a narrative tool where you must understand the concepts; know some of the stories behind it, and be able to weave it into your practice whatever that may be, and in doing so - affirming Tapu i te Tangata.

    Utilising Colour

    Colour is utilised to differentiate between the different realms.

    Colour has attracted whānau and professionals to use this assessment tool based on their personal interpretation of Tihei-wā Mauri Ora.

    Stages of Being

    Stages of being represent different aspects in our lives.

    The stages of being represent different things such as how we feel; our relationships; our health and wellbeing or any aspects of our lives that can be metaphorically represented with Māori cultural understandings of growth, development, life and being.

  • The Realms of Tihei-wā Mauri Ora

    Te Kore Kore

    The vast mass of potential being, imbued with divine essences (conception).

    Te Pō Realms

    Darkness and night stages of growth and development (child grows within the mother's womb.

    Ki Te Whei-Ao

    The realm of coming into being, critical changes and transition, glimmer of light (mother goes into labour in process of birthing).

    Ki Te Ao Marama

    The realm of light and being, this world; mortality (child is born into the world of light).

    Tihei-wa Mauri Ora

    The living breath of life.

  • Ko Tātou

    The Founders

    Teina Piripi


    Teina lives in Ahipara with her husband Tokowhati and their five tamariki who attend Te Kura Kaupapa Māori O Pukemiro. (Teina is pictured with her 4 daughters).


    Teina is a counsellor employed at Community Mental Health and Addictions in the Far north, Northland District Health Board.


    She is a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) and Addiction Practitioner's Association - Aotearoa, New Zealand (DAPAANZ).


    Teina developed this model alongside her colleague, the late Vivienne Body, when she worked in Iwi Social Services for Te Rūnanga O Te Rarawa in the Far North.

  • Vivienne Body

    Co - Founder

    The late Vivienne Body was a much loved kaimahi and counsellor for Kia Piki Te Ora - suicide intervention and prevention, working for Iwi Social Services for Te Runanga O Te Rarawa in the Far North when she developed this resource with Teina.

    She was also a member of the NZAC and DAPAANZ.


    She is remembered, not only for her incredible work in this space, but the legacy she helped create in the revival of rongoa māori and maara kai and the friendships she made along the way.

    She touched the lives of many people in the Far North. She is sorely missed.

  • Recognition and Awards


    Tai Tokerau Whanau Ora Innovation Celebration

    Te Runanga O Te Rarawa received this award for the Tihei-wā Mauri Ora Model.


    The award was the Kaupapa Maori Clinical Excellence in recognition of their valuable contribution to Whānau Ora excellence and innovation in Te Tai Tokerau through the Tihei-wā Mauri Ora mode of practice.


    Healing Our Spirits 6th Gathering Hawai'i

    Presentation at the Healing Our Spirits 6th Gathering in Honolulu, Hawai'i.


    Northland Health Sector Awards

    The Tihei-wā Mauri Ora Model was the Winner of the Matariki Hauora Māori Awards: Champion Tangata i Te Tuatahi - People First.


    It was give in recognition of an initiative that has improved the clinical experience for Maori patients and their whanau.


    Healing Our Spirits 7th Gathering Hamilton, Aotearoa

    Presentation, workshop and resource distribution at the Healing Our Spirits 7th Gathering in Hamilton.

  • Acknowledgements

    Tihei-wa Mauri Ora has been significantly informed by the writings of Rev. Māori Marsden.

    The Woven Universe

    Māori Marsden

    Marsden, M. (2003). God, Man and Universe, a Māori view. In C. Royal (Ed). The woven universe:selected writings of Rev Māori Marsden (pp. 2 - 23). Otaki: Estate of Rev. Māori Marsden.

    Richard Murray

    No Te Rarawa

    Graphic Designer, Richard Murray, a whanaunga from Te Rarawa created the design.

  • Publications

    Tihei-wa Mauri Ora!

    Piripi, T., & Body, V. (2010). Tihei-wa Mauri Ora! The New Zealand Journal of Counselling. Vol.30, (1), 34 - 46. Retrieved from http://www.nzac.org.nz/journal/Vol30_No_1_Piripi_Body.pdf

    Tihei-wa Mauri Ora: Te Tipuranga

    Piripi, T., & Body, V. (2013). Tihei-wa Mauri Ora: Te Tipuranga. In M. Agee, T. McIntosh, P. Culbertson, & C. 'Ofa Makasiale (Eds), Pacific Identities and Wellbeing: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Otago: Otago University Press.

  • Further Reading

    Tikanga Whakaaro: Key Concepts in Maori Culture

    Cleve Barlow

     Oxford [England] : Auckland, N.Z. : Oxford University Press, 1991 
      xvii, 187 p. : ill., geneal. tables, plans, ports. ; 22 cm.


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