Unu Ora - a personal wellbeing resource from Tuihana Ohia
Unu Ora is a series of brief meditations on health and wellbeing created by our associate Tuihana Ohia. Tuihana ran our Kia Whiti Tonu wellbeing workshops, Kua haehae ngā hihi o Matariki, The Whare of HauOra, and The Ora of Self.
Unu Ora was created by Tuihana to encourage us to create some moments of stillness in our lives, to sustain and inspire us. Each Unu Ora offers a whakatauki to encourage reflection, and some questions and ideas to help you think about your wellbeing.
Unu Ora means to draw out the life, the wellbeing in someone. This fits neatly into the context of Kia Whitu Tonu which means to shine brightly. The whakatauki Tuihana has anchored Unu Ora in, is E ora ai te tangata me ora te hauora; health is essential to the wellbeing of people.
A glossary of te reo Māori kupu and phrases you will find in Unu Ora is provided below.
Your hauora starts with you. Ko au.
We have inherited tūpuna-given taonga, gifts. These gifts contribute to our hauora.
Our hauora, while it begins with us, an impact wider than ourselves is achieved when we come together, with a common purpose and intention.
Aroha and whānau play such a large role in our lives. Let us contemplate and consider their contribution to our hauora.
So if you were to fashion your own Whare of Hauora, what would it look, feel, smell, sound and taste like?