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Andre McLachlan utilises holistic Maori concepts of Health

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The toolkit is revolutionary as the majority of alternative techniques used to improve mental health are based on Western values.

“By using a Maori-centred approach to therapy, practitioners can utilise traditional Maori concepts of health and promote Maori values. This can enhance engagement and psychological outcomes for whanau,” says Andre.

The toolkit comprises four activities: Whai Tikanga values cards,

Te Whare Tapa Wha, a Pleasant events schedule and Korurangi. Each activity in the toolkit enables whanau to explore what’s important to them using traditional Maori values.

The Whai Tikanga values cards are a set of cards which have the name and description of a Maori value on one side and a whakatauki (Maori proverb) on the other side. Each card is aligned to one of four wellbeing components from Ta Mason Durie’s Te Whare Tapa Wha model of wellbeing.

The Whai Tikanga Pleasant events schedule aligns with Te Whare Tapa Wha, the four cornerstones or sides of Maori health and provides a range of activities that people can use to strengthen each aspect of their wellbeing.

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