Well-being and Health at Geraldine High School

By Miss Eve Meyer, HOD Health | Posted: Wednesday April 11, 2018

Well-being, the school theme for 2018, relates to one of the underlying concepts of Health Education at Geraldine High School.

Well-being encompasses the physical, mental and emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of an individuals health.

Hauora is a holistic Māori philosophy of well-being and is unique to New Zealand. Hauora refers to a model we use to describe aspects of well-being. Hauora is not something we personally have. Well-being is what we do have and is what does change.

The whare tapa whā is the model that describes and explores well-being and was developed by Dr Mason Durie in 1982. It is made up of the whare (house) which symbolises the four dimensions of well-being. These are mental and emotional (taha hinengaro), social (taha whanau), physical (taha tinana), and spiritual (taha wairua).

The whare tapa wha model of well-being (see attached).

The four walls (dimensions of well-being) of the whare support the roof. If one or more of the walls of the house is not strong, then all walls and the roof are affected. This translates to our personal well-being because all four dimensions influence and support the others.