Hauora

We endeavour to teach students about how and why it is important to care and respect themselves and others. Hauora or Student well being fits with Ponsonby’s school values and is an important part of the health and Physical Education curriculum.
Hauora is given a set time slot during the school week on Friday mornings and is an important part of building a positive class and school culture.
Hauora is taught by the form teacher and can also be used as a teaching tool during form times to help deal with issue or concerns that may arise within the form class.

What is Hauora?

Hauora is a Māori philosophy of health unique to New Zealand. It comprises taha tinana, taha hinengaro, taha whanau, and taha wairua.

Taha tinana – Physical well-being
The physical body, its growth, development, and ability to move, and ways of caring for it.
Taha hinengaro – Mental and Emotional well-being
Coherent thinking processes, acknowledging and expressing thoughts and feelings and responding constructively.
Taha whanau – Social well-being
Family relationships, friendships, and other interpersonal relationships; feelings of belonging, compassion, and caring; and social support.
Taha wairua – Spiritual well-being
The values and beliefs that determine the way people live, the search for meaning and purpose in life, and personal identity and self-awareness (For some individuals and communities, spiritual well- being is linked to a particular religion; for others, it is not).

Each of these four concepts/dimensions of hauora influences and supports the others. You must recognize the influence each dimension has on the other and deliver these dimensions in a holistic way.