We made a human whare, discussing the different parts.
We have been using the whare as a metaphor to examine the 4 dimensions of health; Hau Ora.
Taha Tinana (the body)
Taha Wairua (spirit)
Taha Whanau (Family)
Taha Hinengaro (mental health)
We have been thinking about how this fits with our Positive Education model:
Vocabulary for constructing the Whare:
Poupou = Posts/carvings (inside the Whare, around the edges, each of these carvings represent a significant person)
Maihi = Arms. (On the outside of the Whare)
Kuaha = Door
Matapihi = Window
Poutokomanawa = The main centre post inside the Whare representing the ancestor
Tahuhu = Backbone or ridgepole of the Whare
Heke = Ribs, the ceiling