Mauri Ora well-being


Personal: Mauri ora looks like satisfaction in my eyes, feels like an adrenaline of happiness running through my body, taste like victory and sounds like joys of laughter. Being aware helps me to determine my behaviour, my cognitive and my development throughout my day. Mauri ora also has its downside which look like dullness in my eyes, feeling of numbness, taste foul and sounds like a lost soul. I find the way to rejuvenate my soul, body and mind is by using meditation techniques or spending time with my children inside our natural world environment such as amongst the trees or out in the ocean, river, lakes.

Professional: as a Student Teacher, I would envision my students to implement Mauri Ora in our classroom environment by creating positive relationships. Understanding feelings, behaviours, and actions. Students will learn to recognising everyone is valued. Allowing the students to be aware of these concepts and understand the importance of


Health is where students develop an understanding of the impact that health has on everyone and everything. they are exploring mental wellness, reproductive health, positive sexuality, safety management and even nutritional needs. Awareness then becomes a key for students understanding.

Memory technique that would be used for Health is Tony Buzan's Mind mapping or Venn diagram to identify the connections.

Physical Education is the focus of movement which is vital to our bodies and expressions. students are learning to engage in physical activities and learning about the importance of safety for ourselves and others who participate in the activity, also they learn about social skills which allows them to build a positive rapport.

Memory technique that would be used for Physical Education is Tony Buzan's Mind mapping or Venn diagram to identify the connections.

The Arts is an effective way of forming expression, where the unique bicultural and multicultural characters can be recognised, valued and be positively contributed to our country. Students are able to embrace the feelings through dancing, acting, playing music or even drawing, capturing photos, videos which allows them to be innovative in their own way.

Memory technique that would be used for The Arts is Tony Buzan's Mind mapping or Venn diagram to identify the connections.


I have found that being culturally responsive within my teaching practices, has created positive relationships with other teachers and students. I feel that being culturally responsive allows everyone to be confident in their belief, religion, culture and more importantly their own identity. In my time of studying at Te Wananga o Aotearoa I have been given the opportunity to attain effective tools towards best practice, which are Nga Uara (values), Kaupapa Wananga (principles), and Ako Wananga (apply best practice). Using this as my foundation will create a purposeful meaning and can assist in creating an effective pedagogy or even a holistic learning experience for everyone with myself included.


For me to demonstrate Numeracy, Science and Technology using a multiple literacy, I believe I would use E-Learning. E-learning is known as a highly effective teaching method and can effectively embed literacy and numeracy skills. Face-to-face learning alongside E-learning allows the learners an opportunity to embrace motivation and confidence which can initiate their own learning experiences. E-learning also leads to using tactile and visual learning.


I would use e-asTTle as my chosen aromatawai model to assess the students understanding through their literacy progress. I have also found other effective tools that can also be used which can add to the students taking responsibility with their own progressions other than using tactile or visual assessment.

assessment tools extracted from TKI


For an effective evaluation process, I would use the Ako Wānanga Framework which would be:

• Te Aroha – having regard for one another.

• Kotahitanga – unity amongst my classroom ethnicities.

• Te Whakapono – practicing our beliefs and having confidence that we are doing it right.

• Ngā Ture – knowing our actions are morally and ethically right.

• Ahurutanga – constant acknowledgement of quality space.

• Mauri Ora – constant acknowledgement of pursuit of well-being.

• Koha – the constant acknowledgement that our contributions are valued.

• Kaitiakitanga – the constant acknowledgement that students are engaged in relationships always.

• Aro – reflecting on the students’ knowledge that assists them through growth, change and transformation.

• Te Hiringa – creating motivation, passion and intent within indigenous world views and education.

• Ako – reciprocal responsibility and obligation to learning.

• Whanaungatanga – links from life experiences and relationships between entities, animate, and inanimate.

This allows me the opportunity to learn my learners and identify their needs inside education. This framework also shows that the environment that is created in my classroom would be learner-centred.


Maori culture is an essential part of New Zealand. Our uniqueness, our features and qualities of living is part of the foundation that makes our country fascinating. As a māori descendant I feel that applying awareness of our culture, traditions, beliefs is not only important for our people, but, it explores and caters for social and cultural differences for our learners. Mauri Ora allows students to acknowledge where they are within themselves by reflecting on their actions, emotions, and thoughts. Using models such as Te Whare Tapa Wha or The Four States of Mauri also allows the students to implement themselves into the learning areas effectively, which creates their own Identity. Take Health and Physical Education for example: Go Noodle is a perfect tool to use when you want to practice how to use their actions, how to treat emotions, and how to create positive thoughts.

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