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Manawatanga training: engaging with whānau hauā Māori and their whānau

Te Tāhū Hauora Health Quality & Safety Commission Health equity
12 April 2024
9:15 AM  - 4:00 PM

Te Tāhū Hauora Health Quality & Safety Commission is excited to bring you the opportunity to attend an in-person hui with CCS Disability Action to enhance your practice when working with the disability community in Aotearoa New Zealand. This hui will be held on 12 April 2024 in Whanganui-a-tara Wellington, and spaces are limited.

During this in-person hui, you will have the valuable opportunity to strengthen your understanding and practice when working with the disability community in Aotearoa New Zealand. Through interactive sessions facilitated by CCS Disability Action, you will gain insights and skills to improve your engagement with and support for whānau hauā Māori. 

You will:

  • develop an understanding of culturally responsive engagement strategies when interacting with whānau hauā Māori
  • gain insights into the core areas identified through the karanga maha | many voices community kaupapa and their relevance to supporting whānau hauā
  • acquire practical skills and knowledge co-designed by both whānau hauā and staff, ensuring the inclusion of diverse perspectives and elevating the voice of whānau hauā
  • explore methods and approaches to implement culturally responsive practices.


This hui will be delivered in three components:

  • Pōwhiri – understanding the elements of pōwhiri and how they apply to work practice.
  • Manawa – whānau engagement model of practice.
  • Te aronui – a planning tool for whānau with hauā whānau.

Waiata, whakatauki and karakia will be interweaved throughout the day. 

This event is now fully booked. If you would like to go on a waitlist, please email the team at

Whānau hauā Māori

The kupu hauā was gifted to CCS Disability Action, and the meaning differs from that in the dictionary. 

In Māori legend, Tāwhiri-mātea is known as the God of the winds and elements. Tāwhiri-mātea was also the lone opposition to the separation of his parents, Ranginui and Papatūānuku. Within Tūhoe tribal lore relating to the creation theory, Tāwhiri-mātea was so angry at his brothers for separating their parents that he tore out his eyes, crushed them and threw them into the heavens to clothe his father, creating Matariki or mata-ariki (eyes of God) at the same time. As a result of his actions, Tāwhiri-mātea no longer had eyes to see with. 

Tāwhiri-mātea had many children, which made up the different ‘hau’ (winds): te haumātakataka (cyclone), te hauāwhiowhio (hurricane), te hauāuru (west wind), te hau-pūkeri (violent wind), te hau-maiangi (light wind) and te hau-mārire (peaceful wind), to name but a few. Therefore, the children of Tāwhiri-mātea were ‘hauā’, each wind unique in their own way. 

We hope this brings you understanding of ngā kupu whānau hauā Māori.