What is Building Blocks for Hauora?

Building Blocks has been developed to support early learning services to improve and sustain health and wellbeing. Each block represents a key aspect of hauora.


This interactive tool aims to add value to your current way of working and complement existing structures and resources.

He Whiria process- How Building Blocks Works

He Whiria (the braiding weave) is a process we recommend to support you to achieve each block. It guides you in how to weave in community involvement, identifying your needs, taking action and reflecting on your progress
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He Whatu framework

He whatu framework (the binding weave) guides you to look at health and wellbeing through a sustainable lens. This means a whole-service approach to look at health and wellbeing across three different areas to create changes in the culture and environment of your ELS.
The Binding Weave

The Individual Blocks

There are nine individual Blocks that each represents key aspects of hauora. Each block includes a checklist, sample policies, resources and handy actions.

The Building Blocks

Who does what?

Community involvement will ensure a whole-service approach to improving and sustaining hauora. Regularly consulting with staff, parents/whānau and tamariki, rather than just telling them what you are doing will help them to engage in a more meaningful way.
Who does what?

Ka Mau Te Wehi

Celebrate Success
As you finish weaving your whatu for each block, the positive contribution you make to health and wellbeing is recognised. As you progress you’ll get awards and stickers to contribute towards achieving your overall award.
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Get your ELS started with Building Blocks

Are you ready to strengthen your whatu (binding weave)? Create an account to begin your Building Blocks journey to improve the health and wellbeing of the tamariki in your service.
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Our Partners

Cancer Society DOC EastBay Eastern Bay Healthy Families Heart Foundation Manaaki Ora Mental Health Sports Bay of Plenty Toi Tangata Te Whatu Ora