Let nature in, strengthen your wellbeing – Mā te taiao, kia whakapakari tōu oranga
Connecting with nature can uplift your wairua/spirit and promote mental health and wellbeing.
Five Ways to Wellbeing
Five Ways to Wellbeing are five simple yet proven actions you can use every day to help you find balance, build resilience and boost your wellbeing.
Connect / Whakawhanaungatanga
The illustration shows the connection between people and nature, particularly in places of cultural significance. The marae and two people in a hongi represents people receiving and giving strength to each other. Their wellbeing is boosted through a community context.
Take Notice / Me Aro Tonu
The whānau/family on the hill are looking up at Ranginui/Sky Father, discovering his role and admiring his beauty. They’re learning about themselves and the natural environment as they do it. Another illustration representing ‘Take Notice’ is the woman in the middle of the poster, who is closing her eyes and paying more attention to the present moment, her thoughts, feelings and the world around her.
Keep Learning / Me Ako Tonu
Connecting to places that enrich cultural identity feature throughout the design. Maunga, awa, whenua and marae are all places that are spoken about in a pepeha (how Māori connect through their whakapapa/genealogy). The illustration encourages you to continue learning about your whakapapa, regardless of where you come from, and to reconnect with your family. You might find this illustration aligns well with ‘Keep Learning’, another action from the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
Be Active / Me Kori Tonu
Featured throughout the illustration is fishing, running, playing, biking, hiking and being mindful. These are just a selection of common ways to be physically active in Aotearoa.
Give / Tukua
Giving is all about sharing the first of your harvest. Papatūānuku is gifting the kete/basket of kaimoana/seafood, and the sun is providing warmth and energy, and acting as a kaitiaki/guardian in the sky to support the work of Ranginui.