Applying Te Whare Tapa Whā in your practice

Event Details

21 April 2022

12:15 - 1:15pm


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Workshop details

This workshop is one of a series of seven. For information on the other workshops in this series, please see Applying Māori Cultural Capability

Te Whare Tapa Whā (The four dimensions of a person’s wellbeing)

Te Whare Tapa Whā  literally means 'the four-sided house', but symbolically refers to the four dimensions that make up a person's wellbeing.  The four dimensions are:

  1. Te taha tinana – The physical and health dimension
  2. Te taha wairua – The spiritual dimension
  3. Te taha hinengaro – The thinking and cognitive dimension
  4. Te taha whānau – The social and family dimension

In adult education, a balanced programme of learning and teaching better ensures that all four dimensions of a learner's well-being are being addressed.

Topics covered

This online workshop is an introduction Te Whare Tapa Whā as a traditional Māori value and cultural practice and as a contemporary learning and teaching methodology. We will explore some ways to apply the Te Whare Tapa Whā as a planning template in your practice and the kinds of questions you might ask to guide your planning and teaching.

Learning outcomes

In this online workshop you will be able to:

  • gain some deeper insights into Te Whare Tapa Whā as a contemporary Māori philosophy, a learning and teaching methodology, and as it relates to your workplace context
  • read and respond to some activities relating to Te Whare Tapa Whā

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for people who are seeking to expand their cultural understanding and applied practice of Te Whare Tapa Whā as a contemporary learning and teaching methodology. For more experienced tertiary practitioners and educators, this workshop will deepen their understanding and practice in order to model and guide other people (for Tapatoru Pūkenga Papa Rua and Papa Toru – Levels 2/3). 

About the facilitators


Mei Winitana

Kia ora tātou katoa! He uri ahau i ngā iwi katoa o te waka o Mataatua, Ngāti Ruapani ki Waikaremoana, me Taranaki Whānui ki Waiwhetu. Tihei mauriora!  

Mei is Kaiwhakahaere Māori Cultural Capability at Ako Aotearoa, with extensive experience in the adult education sector. As a researcher, a resource developer and an experienced workshop facilitator, she works in several collaborative projects focusing on literacy, numeracy, and cultural capability for tertiary practitioners and educators; co-designing of iwi/tribal training and education plans; cultural strategic planning with organisations; development of a suite of Māori cultural capability resources with digital badges.


Liza Kohunui

Ko Te Arawa me Tūhoe ōku iwi, Ko Lisa Kohunui ahau!

Liza is currently the Literacy/Numeracy Co-ordinator for foundation level courses at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. She is also one of a group of workshop facilitators contracted by Ako Aotearoa. With extensive experience in the tertiary sector, Liza has delivered programmes with the Department of Corrections and at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Ako Aotearoa badges 

Participants can earn Ako Aotearoa digital badges as evidence of participation and completion of workshop requirements.