He Rangitapu, He Tohu Ora

Tairāwhiti Wellbeing Framework

Our people, whānau and communities of Tairāwhiti are able to live the lives we value in ways that matter to us.


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He Rangitapu, He Tohu Ora - Tairāwhiti Wellbeing Framework


Waharoa - open for everyone!

In partnering with the Trust, we encourage you to step through our waharoa. It is always open for anyone who asprires to benefit the people of Tairāwhiti.

These are the aspects the Trust looks for in ALL projects and applications.


Muka - aspirations for wellbeing

The Trust developed the muka in the framework from the engagement data and themes. Our muka statements are aspirations. They articulate what success looks like across inter-dependent and dynamic areas that are important to us.

The Trust encourages applicants to identify a primary muka and two secondary muka.


Journey Developing the Framework

This project started in 2018 as part of a strategic review. Trustees wanted to understand more about wellbeing and whether their decisions are making a positive impact and enhancing the wellbeing
of communities.

The Trust researched to understand how other regions, communities, and central government here and around the world were grappling with the idea of wellbeing. In 2019 the research findings were published in a report called Tū ora ai tātou – Living Well Together along with a summary table of 56 wellbeing frameworks reviewed.

Tū ora ai tātou gave a baseline understanding of how wellbeing frameworks were being developed. The report also gave the Trust a starting point to talk to people, whānau, and communities across Tairāwhiti about the things that matter most to us. We have gone far and wide, engaging over 1200 people in our region.

Konohi ki te konohi! What matters to you?

Trust Tairāwhiti received a substantial amount of feedback from our year-long engagement. All data from post-it-notes, group discussions, presentation notes, and feedback was all transcribed electronically. Transcriptions were then sent back to participants for their sign-off.

The analysis enabled us to identify common words, themes, and strands of conversations. The input was organised into wellbeing areas, providing a comparison to determine if unique thoughts were captured in our engagement that didn’t fit previous, national, and world definitions as identified in Tū ora ai tātou – Living Well Together.

The engagement also helped to identify Tairāwhiti-centric wellbeing priorities and language that made more sense to our communities.


Common themes from engagement


Facilities was a common theme that emerged from the engagement data. More specifically, sports and recreation, community hubs, and retail.

Children and young people

People told us that focusing on the wellbeing of our children and young people ensures the future prosperity of the region will be in good hands.

Learning and Education

Our engagement showed a desire for children and young people to have access to learning and education that is engaging, ignites their curiosity, and focuses on their strengths.

Mental health and overall health

One of the things that matters most to those we engaged is that people and whānau are healthy, happy, and able to pursue the things they value to flourish.