Te Anga Oranga o Te Ora o Tāmaki Makaurau

Te Ora ō Tāmaki Makaurau Wellbeing Framework

Te Ora ō Tāmaki Makaurau is the wellbeing framework developed by the Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum in response to Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri.

​What the framework is based on 

Within the framework, Kia Ora Te Tātai describes the world as a dynamic and complex ecosystem of whakapapa interconnections and interdependencies.

All things - people, birds, fish, trees, weather patterns - are members of a cosmic family. Humans not only depend on ecosystems, but also influence them.

There are key linkage points between Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan and Te Ora ō Tāmaki Makaurau, which will allow them to be used together.

The wellbeing framework is a regional innovation that is built on generations of knowledge and reflects the world view of the various mana whenua, iwi, rangatahi Māori and Māori communities of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Three dimensions of well-being

Descending from Kia Ora Te Tātai are three dimensions of well-being. These dimensions can frame our understanding of an ecosystems or whole living systems approach to health and wellbeing.

Ngā Aho Taiao

The ability and capacity of te taiao to sustain and maintain whole living systems and regenerate its own mauri, while contributing to the mauri of people and land.

Ngā Aho Whenua

The ability and capacity of the whenua to sustain and maintain whole living systems and regenerate its mauri, while contributing to the mauri of people and nature.

Ngā Aho Tangata

The ability and capacity of tāngata to sustain and maintain their mauri, while contributing to the mauri of the land and nature.

For mana whenua, this relates to their ability and capacity to maintain, sustain and regenerate their specific whakapapa relationships with land, nature and people of Tāmaki Makaurau.

For Māori communities, this relates to their ability and capacity to maintain, sustain and regenerate whānau and community well-being within Tāmaki Makaurau.

Māori values and principles

A Te Ao Māori lens can frame our thinking about and approaches to climate change. It also ensures the notion of taiao, whenua and tāngata remain an important focal point for all climate change related decisions.

Our Te Ao Māori lens is structured around core Māori values and principles derived from Māori views of the world.

These values and principles provide an insight into Māori concepts and beliefs anchored upon intergenerational symbiotic relationships between people, place, nature and the wider universe (whole living systems) and the reciprocal responsibilities and obligations to care for, protect, activate, maintain and regenerate these whakapapa relationships.

Values and principles in the well-being framework

  • Manaakitanga
  • Kaitiakitanga / Tiakitanga
  • Whanaungatanga
  • Rangatiratanga
  • Mātauranga
  • Ōritetanga
  • Tōnuitanga

These values and principles, when applied, can also be categorised as ngā mahi a te ora / well-being activities.

Ngā Ara Whakāhua Matua: Transformational priority pathways for local and central government

Immediate / Short-medium shifts

Re-calibrate business as usual

Existing activities and programmes are reviewed and re-calibrated to align Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri Auckland's Climate Plan priorities.


Existing systems, strategies, plans and programmes are not climate resilience ready.

  • Collectively review and recalibrate all existing legislation, strategies, and policies.
  • Use of mātauranga Māori as a fundamental evidence base and foundation.
  • Invest in practical expressions of kaitiakitanga.
  • Celebrate the abundant wealth and resilience of Māori.

Drive systemic change

Educate and prepare Whānau, Māori communities, Māori land owners, marae, Māori sector organisations and businesses, and iwi for a systems shift.


Readiness and preparedness of Māori for the shift to a climate resilient system.

  • Mātauranga Māori plays an equal role in decision-making.
  • Establish a Māori Sustainability Office / Think Tank for the Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum.
  • Establish Mana Whenua supported rangatahi group (intergenerational).
  • Establish an online Māori knowledge and information portal.
  • Preparing and educating Māori communities, businesses and landowners for change.
  • Promote new ways of collective action.

Big shifts / Big opportunities

Regeneration of ecological systems

Kaitiakitanga – stewardship centred, mana whenua underpinned and led, collaborative partnerships between mana whenua, the council, the Crown and communities anchor the regeneration of ecological systems.


Transformation of ecological, social and cultural wellbeing through the regeneration of symbiotic-whakapapa systems.

  • Restore, rejuvenate and replenish our repo, for example, by using whole of catchment for decision-making
  • Restore and rejuvenate our moana
  • Restore, rejuvenate and replenish our puna wai
  • Restore, rejuvenate and replenish of mahinga kai.

Shift from a carbon dependent city and region

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland no longer relies on fossil fuels to function.


Reduction of emissions and co-design innovative solutions.

  • Use our dual knowledge systems to determine what a fossil fuel free future could look like for Tāmaki Makaurau.
  • Invest in opportunities for innovation and green technology.
  • Improve existing systems for waste, energy, land use and transport).
  • Enable whānau to prosper, be resilient and strong as we transition away from carbon dependence.

Shift to regenerative economy underpinned by kaitiakitanga

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland leads by example in a regenerative economy that transforms the ecological, social, cultural and economic well-being of Tāmaki Makaurau.


Kaitiakitanga values underpin our economy

  • Embed a resilient living systems approach into the Tāmaki Makaurau economy.
  • Use our dual knowledge systems to transition and transform Tāmaki Makaurau.
  • Support innovation through the application of Māori values and mātauranga Māori.
  • Education and training programmes for a regenerative economy.

These five shifts have informed development of priorities within the plan and will be key to implementation of the plan.

Summary of Ngā Ara Whakāhua Matua: Transformational priority pathways