Māori health


This section gives background information on a selection of environmental health indicators in relation to hauora, Māori health.

In Te Ao Māori (the Māori worldview), the wellbeing of people and the wellbeing of the environment are inextricably linked. In Durie’s Te Whare Tapa Whā model of well-being, the environment underpins each of the four cornerstones of health; te taha wairua (spiritual), te taha hinengaro (mental and emotional), te taha tinana (physical) and te taha whānau (family and social). Improving environmental health is central to improving well-being for Māori (Durie, 1998; Kora & Tassell-Matamua, 2021).



1. Durie M. 1998. Whaiora: Maori health development (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.

2. Kora A, Tassell-Matamua N. (2021, July 22). Te Taiao & Being Māori: A korero with Tā Mason Durie. Massey University, Centre for Indigenous Psychologies. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/cc85b4c6aed64d3c9291f0d0d45227ca