Whare Tapa Whā – MGC’s Model for Wellbeing 

Hauora | Wellbeing is central to learning – just as each corner of the house must be strong and balanced to hold its structure each dimension of Hauora must be balanced, for learning to occur.

To help guide and shape the ongoing work of Hauora at Marlborough Girls’ College, we use Mason Durie’s Whare Tapa Whā model. This is a unique model to New Zealand and reflects our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Mason Durie’s Whare Tapa Whā model

  • Create a sense of belonging and connectedness through Whānau time and relationships with Whānau teacher and student peers
  • Weekly Hauora lessons where students explore ways to strengthen each dimension of their wellbeing: Wairua | Spiritual; Hinengaro | Mental and Emotional; Whānau | Social and Tinana | Physical to soar.
  • Our Stars Programme
  • Restorative Practice
  • Learning conversations with students and Whānau to support students in their goals and progress
  • Wrap around support (or extensive support) with Whānau Teacher and Deans Support Network, our Guidance Counsellor, Educational Psychologist and Hauora Leader

Guidance Network

As part of our Hauora Programme, all learners are supported by a network of teachers and staff.  

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