E tipu ai te pakiaka tangata, me whakatō he purapura wairua.

Whakahaukūtia te whenua ki te waiora pūmau kia puta ai ko te Hauora.

For the roots of humanity to grow well, spiritual seeds must first be sown.

Irrigate with the enduring waters of life, and Hauora will result.

The most precious gift we are given is life itself.  Our duty is to nurture and care for this precious inheritance.

Our children are the leaders of the future.  By caring for them and fostering their learning, we assure future life for all.

The Purpose of Learning about Hauora

This learning area provides students with access to the world of hauora.  Students will have opportunities to learn about total health and wellbeing of spirit, mind, body, and heart, as well as environmental health.  They will develop understanding about hauora by describing, explaining, trialling and evaluating its many facets.

The Structure of this Learning Area

Strands help to organise key learning.  There are four strands in this learning area:

Waiora - Personal Health and Development

Piki mai, kake mai. Homai te waiora ki ahau.

Come to me, join with me. Bring me the waters of life.

Students will explore and learn about food and nutrition that sustain the physical body, and explore the notion of sustenance that contributes to the wellbeing of mind and spirit.  Students will also describe, consider and analyse aspects of personal growth and development, safety and safe practices.

Koiri - Movement concepts and motor skills

Ko te piko o te māhuri, tērā te tupu o te rākau.

As the sapling is bent, so the tree will grow.

Students will develop and apply movement concepts and motor skills and have opportunities to participate in and enjoy physical activities.

Taiao - Health and the environment

Hāhā te whenua, hāhā te tangata.

Desolate land, desolate people.

Students will discuss and exchange ideas about the close and enduring relationship between people and the natural environment, exploring ways to lessen harmful environmental impacts.

Tangata - People and relationships

He taura taonga e motu, he taura tangata e kore e motu.

A string of beads is easily broken, but human bonds can never be severed.

Students will describe and analyse human relationships in a variety of contexts, both personal and those of others.

Each strand has specific themes to help describe and explain the key learning it contains. The achievement objectives derive from these themes. Although strands and themes are organised separately, each relates to the other and should be integrated in planning Hauora teaching and learning programmes.

There are four encompassing aspects of Hauora, interwoven within all the strands: Te Wairua (which involves Māori perspectives on the fundamental nature of humanity); Customs, Practices and Protocols; Te Reo Māori; Values and Attitudes.  The purpose of including these aspects is to provide guidance in teaching and learning Hauora in safe and positive ways, and to affirm and support unique Māori views of the world.