Hauora forms a strong philosophical base for the Healthy Heroes Programme

“Hauora is a Maori philosophy for health unique to New Zealand.
It comprises taha inana, taha hinengaro, taha whanau, and taha wairua.”

from ‘Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum’
published in 1999 by the Ministry of Education.

We use the four walls of a whare to represent each dimension of health:


  • Taha tinana: Physical well-being (e.g. body -- movement and caring for it)
  • Taha hinengaro: Mental and emotional well-being (e.g. constructive thoughts and feelings)
  • Taha whanau: Social well-being (e.g. family, belonging, caring)
  • Taha wairua: Spiritual well-being (e.g. meaning, and purpose in life)

“All four dimensions are necessary for strength and symmetry,” says the Ministry of Education.

All four dimensions will be strengthened through the Healthy Heroes Programme.


  • Taha tinana will be strengthened through the programme's daily physical activities (spending much less time watching  screens), eating more fruit and vegetables, drinking water instead of sugary soft drinks, and cutting back on fast foods high in fat and salt.
  • Taha hinengaro will be improved by meeting all challenges week by week.
  • Taha whanau will be top of mind when meeting the daily social and emotional challenge of helping others at home, school, work and in the community.
  • Taha wairua: When we take proper care of our personal health, and contribute to the health of the communities in which we live week by week, we will  enhance our spiritual well-being and purpose in life.


The challenge is to build our own hauora whare every day.  Healthy Heroes gives us the daily discipline  to do that.