A model created write here in NZ by our very own Mason Durie AND adopted as a Maori health model by the New Zealand Ministry of Health. Much respect!


I enourage you to check it out if you haven’t already.

My short version is that without strong walls and foundations, we become unbalanced so we need to work on all these areas of our life to feel and stay holistically well.

Keeping our physical body in tip top shape for obvious health reasons but, so that we can shelter ourselves from the environments we find ourselves in and protect our spirit aswell.

Keeping our mental and emotional wellbeing safe and as strong as possible. Important because it relates to how we see ourselves in the world and how the world sees us.
When was the last time you reached out to someone for support?

Keeping our family/whanau strong as this brings a sense of belonging and connection not only to eachother but, to our past and ancestral lines too and it’s not just blood lines – it’s colleagues and friends and whoever you see as family.
When was the last time you complimented a colleague?

Keeping our spiritual aspect in check too because this is where we find faith and connection to something bigger.
When was the last time you took time to be still and tune in to your inner voice?

Having our feet planted firmly in the land supports us to feel all of the above and supported by something bigger.
When was the last time you hugged a tree or did some gardening?

Each aspect can affect the other. Say you eat a well prepared , colourful wholesome meal. You not only feed the physical body but, you experience a sense of accomplishment and may even share it with whanau!

I find this to be a great model as I can really relate to it, it’s easy to recall and share with others, it’s holistic, a great mental health tool and it provides an image that stays easily in my mind.

It’s a lead player in my Social Work practice and during supervision sessions.

I encourage you to look into it, support yourself to learn how to strengthen those walls and foundations and check out this great site too!