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 thrive and improve their ability to gain knowledge and skills for positive mental health, if the five key forms of mana are acknowledged, affirmed and developed.

The Mana Model (Webber and Macfarlane 2018,2020) identifies five key forms of mana that help children thrive. These five key forms of mana 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 feel connected to others. Mana Whānau is critical and is the foundation for the development of the other four forms of mana.

Mana Ūkaipō

Children need to feel belonging and connection to the place where they live and learn and to the people in those places. By celebrating difference and knowing their knowledge and history is important and shared, children get the connection they need to thrive.

Mana Motuhake

Children need to believe they can be successful and that they can achieve at school by setting goals, being persistent, and taking responsibility. Supporting children involves providing positive role models they can aspire to together with setting high expectations and showing them how to succeed.

Mana Tū

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

Mana Tangatarua

Children have the skills, knowledge and confidence to navigate, with mental wellness, two or more worlds. They become open to learning different ways of doing things and make decisions using integrity, appreciating other people's values and needs.
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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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