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Tēna koutou katoa,

Nau mai haere mai ki te Poi Princess.

If you used to come here but things have changed a bit or you are new here I would like to welcome you and help you navigate the website.

In February 2023 I started changing the set up of the site, the inspiration and whakaaro (idea) around this came from Mason Duries health framework Te whare tapawha.

At Poi Princess I have always worked to provide a holistic range of resources to help support all whānau on their Māori cultural learning journey. It has been my passion to provide resources that support the revitalisation of te reo and tikanga Māori and strengthen positive cultural identity for future generations. This set up has further encouraged me to look at the bigger picture and from a hauora/wellness perspective.

Durie’s health model separates hauora into 4 domains and in his example likened to 4 pou of a whare = Taha Wairua (Spiritual wellness), Taha Whānau (Family & Society), Taha Hinengaro (Mental wellness) & Taha Tinana (Physical wellness).

Looking at ourselves, our whānau or our community and this model we hopefully get an insight into whether the sides of our whare are strong or maybe we might see some sides of our whare need some help or support.

When I think about my cultural journey and the pathway and learning I’d like for my own tamariki I find some clarity and empowerment in thinking about each area and how I can encourage and support these in our daily lives.

On the website I have changed the headings slightly from Durie’s and broken things further into kaupapa (topics) that people might find helpful.

Wairuatanga are things to do with spiritual wellness including culture and connection to te taiao (the environment).

Whānaungatanga are all things to do with people and relationships including the use of te reo Māori.

Hinengaro and Tinana – Mind and body have been linked together. This was mainly to do with the fact that the site does not provide mcuh in the way of physical health and movement but there are still things like food, medicine and performing arts available associated with the body.

The use of a laptop provides the best view. Use your cursor to hover over the “hoko” button and you will see all categories in a large dropdown menu.

Like this…

Some of the subcatergories are further broken down if you hover over them as well.

I hope the site is a kind of resource in itself and I hope whatever type of rauemi you are looking for you will find it here.

Mauri ora e te whānau, nāku, nā Beth (Poi Princess)

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