Your wellbeing is about your whole person—your physical health, your connections to others, your state of mind and emotional health, and your spirit.

Staying well can be a challenge, particularly if you are under pressure academically, financially or socially, or you are getting to grips with a new environment and culture. Keeping up good habits, staying physically and mentally healthy, maintaining our own belief systems, and staying connected to family and friends may all become more difficult to when the academic pressure is on.

Mason Durie's Te Whare Tapa Wha Māori model compares our overall health to the four walls or cornerstones of a house.  All four cornerstones are needed for wellbeing. When one of the cornerstones becomes damaged or is missing, the person may become unbalanced or unwell.

  • Taha Tinana (physical wellbeing)
  • Taha Wairua (spiritual wellbeing)
  • Taha Whanau (social/family wellbeing)
  • Taha Hinengaro (mental and emotional wellbeing)

Diagram of a wharenui (marae or meeting house) with four walls labeled with each aspect of wellbeing.
Image via Te Kete Ipurangi, Ministry of Education

Identifying your own priorities is an important step in maintaining balance in your life.  Work out where you draw your support from, and how you can keep these things scheduled into your life so that all your cornerstones are in place and supporting you. Check out the links on this page and other information provided on this site as possible sources of support.