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Click on the link below to see a short Macromedia Flash presentation concerning Traditional Māori Healing. Please allow 2-3 minutes for the presentation to load if you are on a dial-up connection.

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The Māori philosophy towards health is based on a wellness or holistic health model. For many Māori the major deficiency in modern health services is taha wairua (spiritual dimension).

Whare Tapawhā: Mason Durie
The four cornerstones (or sides) of Māori health are whānau (family health) tinana (physical health) hinengaro (mental health) and wairua (spiritual health).

Te Wheke: Rose Pere
Another model of Māori health is based on Te Wheke, the octopus and the eight tentacles that collectively contribute to waiora or total wellbeing.
Te Pae Mahutonga: Mason Durie
Te Pae Mahutonga (Southern Cross Star Constellation) brings together elements of modern health promotion.

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