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Ko wai au? Regan Thompson-Taurima: Kaiwāwāhi Hauora

Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, ko Rangitane ngā Iwi i te taha o tōku pāpā.

Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Tangoio te Iwi i te taha o tōku māmā.

Ko Tangoio tōku tūrangawaewae, ā, ko Te Whanganui-a-Tara tōku ūkaipō.

E noho ana ahau ki Ōtepoti ināianei.

He tauira ahau o He Kura Matanui/Indigenous Development ki Te Whare Wananga o Ōtākou. Ko tēnei taku tau tuarua ki reira.

Ko Regan Pohio RJ Thompson-Taurima tōku ingoa, ā, he Kaiwāwāhi Hauora ahau mō Te Parerē.

Ko te kai a te rangatira he kōrero.

Hauora is everything about us. The whakaaro we have and express, the physical movements we make, the connections we have with our wairua, our whānau and our whenua. Each aspect of our hauora is intrinsically linked and when one is thriving, our āhua thrives. Likewise, when one of our ‘walls’ is falling or has fallen, our whare goes down too.

Similar to the poapoataunu we face as tauira Māori in tertiary education, the stigma around being honest about our hauora is immense. It can seem so much easier to deny and suppress raru we have externally with others or internally with ourselves, because sometimes the smallest of inconveniences offers opportunity for over-analysation in all areas of our lives. One thing that connects all of us as tauira Māori is that every one of us stands on the shoulders of our tūpuna. Our tūpuna bore the immediate impacts of colonisation so that we could stand today, always carrying their mana with us. Foregoing our obligations to our whānau, our bodies, minds and souls, should no longer be the cost of being Māori in tertiary level study, or anywhere in society. It’s 2020, let’s talk about how we’re doing. Whether we’re as confident and successful as Māui, feeling as neglected as Papatūānuku, or anywhere in between – let’s kōrero.

Not only is hauora everything about us – hauora, in every way, is about everything. Hauora is about our lifestyles, hauora is political, hauora is the foundation of the arts, hauora and mātauranga mutually inform one another. Essentially, the focus of pieces that endeavor to be submitted for the Hauora Section of Te Parerē, should be wellness. Some examples:

- (Poem) Kaitiaki ō te Whenua

- (Opinion) More of Vote Health needs to be Allocated to Māori Support Services

- (Interview) Talking Euthanasia and Cannabis with Kaumātua

- (Misc.) Review of my Waitangi Day F45 Workout

In no way is this the full scope of what hauora is, or the way hauora will be portrayed in Te Parerē – just some starting ideas.

If you have something to say about anything related to your wellness or our collective wellness – say it. Send it in. Te Parerē is from you and belongs to you. Kaua e whakamā whānau!

Regan Thompson-Taurima


Te Parerē Kaiwāwāhi Hauora

Regan Thompson-Taurima - Te Pararē Kaiwāwāhi Hauora / Health Editor


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