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This karakia can be used for most occasions and ceremonies. It is a hybrid of ancient tradition with the inclusion of two health concepts, the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and Te Whare Tapa Whā. The karakia was written by the Māori Development Specialist to incorporate a Māori World View on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing in the form of a karakia (prayer). During this time was the Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) which incorporated Sir Mason Durie’s Hauora Model, Te Whare Tapa Wha hence it’s inclusion also in this karakia. This karakia is a perfect reminder to be conscious about self-care, to embrace positive energy from natural sources and dispel negativity. The word mahara (primordial energy) derives from the Māori conception of the creation providing a rich depth of ancient tradition and custom.




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