Te Whāriki Takapou is a Kaupapa Māori organisation with a nationwide focus on Māori sexual and reproductive health promotion. We use the following understandings in undertaking our work.

One of our areas of work is Kaupapa Māori Health Promotion to strengthen Māori sexual and reproductive health outcomes. We use the following understandings in undertaking our work.

Māori Health Promotion

Māori health promotion is defined as ‘the process of enabling Māori to increase control over the determinants of health and strengthen their identity as Māori, and thereby improve their health and position in society’.
Therefore, Māori health promotion addresses micro-level approaches (Mauri Ora and Whānau Ora) that involve educating individuals and groups about how to improve their health, to macro-level approaches (Wai Ora and Pae Ora) that seek to change legislation and policies in order to effect structural change.

Kaupapa Māori

It is important to note that there is not one approach to Māori health promotion. Various approaches are used that are based on models such as Te Whare Tapa Whā, Te Pae Mahutonga, Te Wheke, and Kia Uruuru Mai a Hauora. All aim to strengthen Māori health outcomes.

Our Kaupapa Māori approach to health promotion addresses: