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The Mana Model

At its heart, Mitey is guided by the principles of the Mana Model. It is the foundation of our approach which recognises that children will improve their ability to gain knowledge and skills for positive mental health, and can thrive, if the five components of the Mana Model play a part in their lives.

The Mana Model (MacFarlane, Webber, Cookson Cox, McRae, 2014) identifies five personal, family, school and community components which children need in order to thrive. These five components have been intersected with four key areas of wellbeing to form Mitey's unique New Zealand approach to mental health education.

Mana Whānau

Children need to believe they occupy a central and valued position in their whānau, including their school whānau, so they develop a sense of self and mauri tau (contentment).
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Mana Ūkaipō

Children need to feel belonging and connection to their environment and to others. By celebrating difference and knowing their knowledge and history is important and shared, children get the connection they need to thrive.
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Mana Motuhake

Children need to have a positive sense of identity and positive role models they can relate and aspire to.
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Mana Tū

Children need the skills to understand and deal with difference and adversity such as courage, resilience, self discipline, humility and tenacity.
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Mana Tangatarua

Children have the skills, knowledge and confidence to navigate, with mental wellness, two or more worlds.
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How it works

Mitey is a New Zealand specific, Years 1-8 approach to embedding mental health education in both teaching and learning. It is evidence based, will align to your school's culture and values and is supported by a wide range of curriculum based resources. Teachers have ongoing support from a dedicated, free Mitey coach.

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