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Te Ara Whakamana: Mana Enhancement is our tool designed in Aotearoa/New Zealand that introduces ancestral archetypes through the Māori creation story, and employs animals, colour, shape, imagery, narrative and metaphors as powerful tools to connect individuals to their Mana (spiritual authority), their sources of strength, and their world.

Te Ara Whakamana allows you to work with people for positive behaviour change and wellbeing in ways that you have probably already thought about and even actually do, but can’t quite describe, share or measure.

With Te Ara Whakamana you get a simple and effective tool that supports cultural identity, builds capacity, raises academic achievement and achieves positive outcomes for all involved – individuals, whānau and families, staff, support workers, agencies and organisations – that can be clearly identified, shared and measured.

Te Ara Whakamana supports:
  • Cultural identity
  • Cultural responsiveness
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Academic achievement
  • Positive behaviour change
  • Whānau, Hapū, Iwi engagement
  • Hauora/wellbeing
Storytelling, pūrākau, whakataukī, whakatauākī, visualisation, values

He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

What is the most important thing?
It is people, it is people, it is people.


Te Ara Whakamana is a tool that creates an environment for wellbeing and positive behaviour change. Talk to us and find out how Te Ara Whakamana can transform organisational culture and professional practice.

Te Ara Whakamana in Education

We work with schools, kura, early childhood education, kohanga reo, and alternative education to provide a transformational tool for positive behaviour through self awareness, self regulation and development of social and emotional literacy.

Te Ara Whakamana in Social Services

Social services are under increasing pressure to provide holisitc, culturally responsive and respectful approaches for those in their care. We work with social workers, psychologists, counsellors, youth justice, probation officers and prison staff to provide an effective Model of Practice for enhanced wellbeing of staff and those they serve.

Te Ara Whakamana for Personal Health and Wellbeing

Te Ara Whakamana is a tool for holistic wellbeing. We are in the process of developing an archetype model for people to use directly themselves, for positive transformation.

About us

Te Ara Whakamana is a tool designed by:
Ako Solutionz – Plans and Strategies for Positive Change.

About us

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PO Box 585, Turanga Nui a Kiwa, Gisborne 4040
+64 27 226 8395

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