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Cultural Assessment

What is covered in Cultural Assessments

Assessment of Te Whare Tapa Whā – A Māori health model focusing on: taha whānau (family), taha tinana (physical), taha wairua (spiritual) and hinengaro (mental) health, supported by a foundation of taha whenua (land, roots).

Assessment of Te Ao Māori – Tikanga and Te Reo Māori (Māori protocol; belief and value systems, and language).

A community, whānau, hapū and iwi based re-integration and cultural development plan.

The objective is to

Identify and extend active links to whānau. 

Identify their level of knowledge and confidence in Tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori. 
Evaluate their sense of cultural wellbeing and identify any areas in which intervention and supported reconnection may help them to learn, develop and integrate with whānau.

Interview & Report

Discussions with rangatahi cover the following areas:

Whanaungatanga – Depth and breadth of personal relationships.

Tikanga Māori – Practical knowledge of Māori protocols.

Māori cultural values – Depth of understanding regarding cultural values.

Te Reo Māori – Knowledge of and connection to the Māori Language.

Oranga Tangata – Physical health and wellbeing of rangatahi and their whānau.

Cultural Identity – Pride in and connection to their cultural identity.

Wairua – Connection to and expression of the inner self, and understanding of spiritual health.

Mate Māori – mental health and distress.

Benefits of a cultural assessment

Enables a sense of cultural well-being, identity, pride and belonging for rangatahi.

Develop a level of understanding and knowledge in Tikanga and Te Reo Māori.

Connect rangatahi with Whānau/ Hapū/ Iwi and other tribal entities.

Identifies a range of cultural support groups and activities beneficial to rangatahi development.

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