Volume 4, Number 2 - October 2015


A Māori perspective of well-being

When asked ‘what is Māori well-being?’, my immediate reaction aligns to the Whānau Ora Taskforce (2009) which defaults to the collective perspective of whānau ora where Māori well-being recognises the state of the whānau (family) and in so doing also recognises the toi-ora (well-being) of the individuals that make up each whānau. With this in mind, we must recognise that only the individuals that make up the whānau can honestly determine their whānau ora (Lawson-Te Aho, 2010; Whānau Ora Taskforce, 2009; Metge, 1995), but this does not exclude non-whānau members from gaining insights into the well-being of both the individuals and subsequently their whānau (Workplace Wellbeing, 2001). Lawson-Te Aho (2010) believes that “[t]he mental, emotional, physical and spiritual state is shaped, maintained and contained in context of whānau relationships” (p. 11). This places great emphasis on the social domain of relationships and offers insights as to how we as parents and family member can learn about our whānau, and therein our whānau ora.

 

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