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Mauri ora — the freedom of cultural expression and identity

Mauri ora is our state of being, where our life force is in balance, we are alive, well and full of vitality. When your mauri is supported and enhanced you can confidently express your cultural identity in all spaces and places, no matter who you are or where you are from. 

Mauirora Feature Joy

“It’s really beautiful to be in kaupapa Māori spaces. It enhances every aspect of you. You learn more about yourself, how you are in the world. That’s what culture brings.”

Joy - Counsellor Māori

Ways to connect to this whetū

Take some time out to visit a place that is special to you and your identity (marae, urupā, whare karakia/church). You may have a cultural support person who you can reach out to if you need some guidance. 

If you can, find others in your community, place of study or work who speak or are learning the same language or dialect as you. It can be helpful to have others to speak to. 

“It's very important for me to feel a connection to my turangawaewae or whenua. I believe, if you don't have a connection to your turangawaewae, you can feel lost.”


Certificate in Whānau Ora

Explore each whetū of Te Pae Māhutonga

Mauri ora | cultural identity
Waiora | physical environment
Toiora | healthy lifestyles
Te Oranga | participation in society
Ngā Manukura | leadership 
Te Mana Whakahaere | autonomy


Knowing where Te Pae Māhutonga is, tells us where we are. We can learn and work best when these different areas of our oranga (health) are supported. Some of them may be stronger than others at different times – you may need awhi, guidance or simply time to explore different aspects of Te Pae Māhutonga throughout your journey and at different times of your life.

Learn more about Te Pae Māhutonga