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;
Kura Kaupapa Māori;
Te Tai Tokerau Branch of NZAC.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tihei-wa Mauri Ora has been significantly informed by the writings of Rev. Māori Marsden.
The Woven Universe
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.
No Te Rarawa
Graphic Designer, Richard Murray, a whanaunga from Te Rarawa created the design.
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.
Tikanga Whakaaro: Key Concepts in Maori Culture