Healing Home with Indigenous Knowledge
This article, which is based on a keynote speech delivered at the 2011 Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists, firstly briefly elaborates the concepts, pōrangi, wairangi, haurangi, and kahurangi as significant aspects of psychological functioning, and suggests their importance for psychotherapy. The second part of the article discusses the psychological and social impact that partner and family violence has on Māori women and children in making them seek refuge from their own home — and links this to the broader context of how Māori have been dispossessed and alienated from “home” through colonisation.
Ko tēnei tuhinga, tūāpapa nō te korero matua i te 2011 Hui Wānanga ā-Tau a te Rōpū Kaiwhakaora Hinengaro o Aotearoa, tuatahi, e whakawhānui ake ana i ngā aroro: pōrangi; wairangi; haurangi; me te kahurangi, hai aria tāpua mō te āheinga hinengaro, ā, ka huatau i tō rātou uara nunui mō te mahi hinengaro. Tuarua, e matapaki ana i te hua ki te hinengaro, me te hāpori e pirii nei ki te tūkinotanga whānau, ā, te huatau o ēnei ki ngā wāhine Māori me ngā tamariki e tahuri nei ki te whai whakamarumaru i waho atu i ō rātou kāinga — ka tui atu i tēnei ki te aroro whānui he pēhea i tau ai te rawakoretanga me mōrirorirotanga mai i te whakatomokanga iwi.