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Ngā Pou Whaiora

Mahi Mihinare's Global Outcomes Framework

This framework was developed through a te ao Māori lens and centres on 6 core pou:

Haumarutanga, Hauora, Tūāpapa, Whakawhanake, Whanaungatanga, Motuhaketanga.

 These principles address fundamental needs, foster autonomy, ensure well-being, and empower tangata whairoa through education and positive relationships. Embracing these values enables you to create an inclusive and empowering approach supporting successful reintegration.


At Mahi Mihinare we acknowledge that indigenous perspectives on well-being are pivotal for our tangata whaiora thriving as they navigate their journey back into the community.

By employing a strength-based framework like Ngā Pou Whaiora, we can help to reshape narratives from not only a personal perspective but also from a systemic and societal viewpoint. Educating, advocating, and implementing these principles on a broader scale fosters a more inclusive and supportive environment for our tangata whaiora. It prompts a paradigm shift, recognising their strengths and contributions, ultimately paving the way for a more empathetic and accepting society.


Tangata Whaiora is the mission wide term used for the people we work alongside, who we may have otherwise called service user, client or resident. Tangata Whaiora refers to individuals who are seeking wellness and taking control of their own journey toward holistic health and wellbeing.

Tangata Whaiora

Capturing meaningful data

Tangata Whaiora engages in service.

Kaiarahi records engagement on noted (as a casenote).

Does the engagement support any or all of these global outcomes?

Reports can then reflect how we are supporting tangata whaiora in the mahi we are doing.

Essential Needs 


Haumarutanga encapsulates safety and security, essential for survival and well-being. It prioritises a secure environment, especially during reintegration, meeting basic needs like housing, food, and healthcare, and ensuring access to necessary resources and support for tangata whaiora. It's the foundation for successful reintegration and overall well-being.

Examples of what Haumarutanga looks like in practice:

  • Tangata Whaiora has access to safe and secure housing.

  • Tangata Whaiora has access to basic needs, such as food and clothing.

  • Tangata Whaiora has a plan for managing their finances.

  • Tangata Whaiora is aware of their legal rights and responsibilities.

  • Tangata Whaiora has access to healthcare services.




Hauora epitomises holistic well-being, encompassing our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. It signifies a profound sense of purpose, mental resilience, emotional balance, and physical health. From fostering cultural identity to nurturing positive relationships, Hauora embodies the pursuit of optimal health across all facets of life.

Examples of what Hauora looks like in practice:

  • Tangata Whaiora prioritises their physical health through regular exercise and healthy eating.

  • Tangata Whaiora seeks out and engages in activities that promote emotional and mental wellbeing.

  • Tangata Whaiora demonstrates spiritual practices that promote a sense of purpose and connection.

  • Tangata Whaiora has access to healthcare services and resources.

  • Tangata Whaiora understands the importance of self-care and stress management.




Tūāpapa encompasses a profound sense of identity and purpose, crucial for personal growth. It emphasizes a solid foundation in identity, values, and knowledge. This outcome nurtures self-identity, cultural understanding, and personal skills pivotal for setting goals and making positive life changes.

Examples of what Tūāpapa looks like in practice:

  • Tangata Whaiora explores and gains a deeper understanding of their cultural identity.

  • Tangata Whaiora develops a positive sense of self and self-worth.

  • Tangata Whaiora identifies and prioritises their personal values and beliefs.

  • Tangata Whaiora has a sense of belonging and connection to their community.

  • Tangata Whaiora develops a positive self-identity that is not defined solely by their past offenses.




Whakawhanake embodies growth and development, focusing on education, employment, and personal advancement to unlock one's potential. It involves pursuing education to expand skills, seeking employment for stability and community contribution, and engaging in self-improvement practices like goal-setting and skill enhancement.

Examples of what Whakawhanake looks like in practice:

  • Tangata Whaiora enrolls in educational or vocational training programs to achieve their desired career goals.

  • Tangata Whaiora develops a clear plan for achieving their career and life goals.

  • Tangata Whaiora takes steps towards achieving financial stability and independence.

  • Tangata Whaiora participates in employment or volunteer opportunities.

  • Tangata Whaiora gains new skills and knowledge that contribute to their personal and professional development.




Whanaungatanga highlights the essence of relationships in holistic well-being. It stresses actively seeking connections, fostering supportive relationships for navigating challenges, and engaging in activities that strengthen personal growth. This outcome underscores the profound impact of positive relationships on an individual's holistic health and thriving.

Examples of what Whanaungatanga looks like in practice:

  • Tangata Whaiora engages in positive social activities and builds supportive relationships.

  • Tangata Whaiora communicates effectively with family, friends, and members of their community.

  • Tangata Whaiora demonstrates conflict resolution and problem-solving skills in their relationships.

  • Tangata Whaiora develops and maintains healthy boundaries in their relationships.

  • Tangata Whaiora seeks out and engages with positive role models and mentors.


Self Deterimination


Motuhaketanga embodies autonomy and self-determination, advocating for independence and self-control. It involves informed decision-making, effective communication of needs and boundaries, and fostering healthy relationships based on respect and trust. Additionally, it encourages personal growth, goal pursuit, and understanding the interdependence between individual progress and the community.

Examples of what Motuhaketanga looks like in practice:

  • Tangata Whaiora sets and achieves personal goals.

  • Tangata Whaiora takes responsibility for their actions and decisions.

  • Tangata Whaiora develops problem-solving and decision-making skills.

  • Tangata Whaiora demonstrates self-advocacy and self-care skills.

  • Tangata Whaiora engages in activities that promote independence and autonomy.

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