Tau Ora is a holistic organisational wellness programme developed at Te Wananga o Aotearoa. The programme was launched in 2007 and has been hugely successful with more than 50% of staff engaging with the programme each year.

Tau Ora is based on the idea of team members supporting each other to overcome challenges and achieve their personal wellbeing goals. Staff members create teams of five members to compete against each other. Teams score points by exercising regularly and completing a range of challenges.

Te Punga Oranga Model

Tau Ora works from a holistic point of view and is based on a model known as Te Punga Oranga – also developed at Te Wananga o Aotearoa. The model recognises eight rau (or branches) that contribute to holistic wellbeing. These are:

The Tau Ora journey includes a range of challenges based on each of the rau in Te Punga Oranga. Challenges encourage whanau to think about their wellbeing from a holistic perspective and sometimes require whanau to step outside of their comfort zone. This often leads to amazingly awakenings and inspiring results.


In the past, whanau who have taken part in Tau Ora have reported a whole range of benefits, and we know you will too. Tau Ora has helped people double the amount of exercise they do each day and burn, on average, an extra 750 calories each.

Three-quarters of whanau who completed our Tau Ora survey reported increased enjoyment of life as a result of the programme. Two-thirds said their concentration had improved and they found increased fulfilment in their work. Added to this, more than half reported better quality of sleep and increased confidence and self esteem.

With results like this, you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. We only get one life, whanau. Let’s make the most of it!


28% Of employees said they were turning up to work more
62% Of employees said they are more focussed at work
56% Of employees have increased their effort at work
54% Of employees have said they use their time more effectively at work therefore are more productive

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