He Pou Manawa Ora - Pillars of Wellbeing

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He Pou Manawa Ora – Pillars of Wellbeing is a strategy which outlines Hamilton City Council’s vision for a city that celebrates its whole history, including its unique Maaori heritage, natural environmental wonders and ensures everyone has a voice in developing its future.

The document recognises Maaori as key partners in determining Hamilton’s future and covers issues ranging from city artworks to Council policies. It aims to achieve better outcomes for Maaori and all Hamiltonians, while growing and developing a city where all people and all cultures, including Maaori, have the opportunity to thrive.

The Strategy is based on Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti O Waitangi) principles of Partnership, Participation, Protection and Prosperity. These inform the Strategy’s four ‘pillars’ or ‘pou’ of wellbeing: History, Unity, Prosperity and Restoration.

The Strategy’s four pillars (detailed below) aim to build a proud and inclusive city for the wellbeing of all its people, while recognising the special relationship that iwi and mana whenua have to Kirikiriroa/Hamilton.

It’s the beginning of brave new conversations that will help us all recognise and realise our city’s past, present and future. In doing so, He Pou Manawa Ora also provides an opportunity for Council to work in partnership with iwi and the wider community and have a wider debate about issues of culture. 

See below for more details on the draft Strategy and its pillars, click here for the full Strategy document and have your say using our feedback form below.

You can also find out more about the Strategy and its development in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here.

Don’t miss this opportunity to bring all peoples of Kirikiriroa/Hamilton together for mutual benefit – and to ensure Maaori, along with all Hamiltonians, are a key part of that voice.

This is your chance to share your voice and shape your city.

Why your views matter

Council is currently seeking feedback on He Pou Manawa Ora’s four pillars of wellbeing (pou) – and their outcomes.

Over time, there has been a real maturing of Kirikiriroa/Hamilton and its people. This has been reflected in the inclusion of Maangai Maaori (Council’s representatives for Maaori) and the growth in Council’s relationship with Waikato-Tainui, hapuu and maataa waka (urban Maaori).

The time is right to create a formal strategy that recognises this and provides a framework for every Hamiltonian’s future. Until we understand all sides of our city’s past, we cannot fully understand its present. Until we do that, we won’t be able to build a better city for everyone who lives here.

It’s also an opportunity for Hamilton to work in partnership with iwi and the wider community and have a wider debate about issues of culture, to help us all decide what we as a city want to achieve and then put in place plans to do that.

Who we want to hear from

We would like to hear from as many Hamiltonians as possible, from all walks of life, ethnicities and ages : residents, students, elderly, business communities, Government agencies, community groups, service providers - the more feedback received on the draft Strategy, the better.  See our feedback form below.

As well as Council's own community engagement, consultation will also include those Council partners* involved in contributing to the development of the draft Strategy.

So, overall, we'll be talking with kaumatua, pakeke, rangatahi, tamariki/mokopuna, business communities, service providers and the wider Hamilton community about He Pou Manawa Ora - Pillars of Wellbeing.

He Pou Manawa Ora - Pillars of Wellbeing

Graphic image - the four pillars of wellbeing : History, Unity, Prosperity, Restoration

He Pou Manawa Ora – Pillars of Wellbeing has been funded though Council’s 2020/21 Annual Plan and developed with input from local iwi, hapuu, maataa waka (urban Maaori), Council’s Maangai Maaori (Maaori representatives), Waikato-Tainui, Te Haa O te Whenua O Kirikiriroa (THAWK) and Te Rūnanga Ō Kirikiriroa (TROK). 

This historical partnership and the Strategy is committed to the four pillars' overall goals:

History:    Hamilton’s unique Maaori history is shared, protected and celebrated.   
Unity:    Maaori representation in local decision-making continues to be supported.   
Prosperity:    Maaori representation in local decision-making continues to be supported. Maaori and people of all cultural backgrounds have equal access to housing, health, employment and educational opportunities.   
 Restoration:    Maaori continue to be the kaitiaki (guardians) of Hamilton’s natural and physical environment.

For details on the outcomes related to each of these goals, view the feedback form below and/or the full strategy document here.

The Principles of Te Tiriti O Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) will help guide this partnership on its journey towards creating a more socially, economically and environmentally diverse city for future generations to be immensely proud of.



A pillar that reminds us of the value of our unique history of language, people, place and our commitment to acknowledge and respect our uniquely different values and qualities.


A pillar that gives recognition to Maaori values, knowledge and aspirations. Maaori are equal partners and contributors to the wellbeing of people, place, environment and our shared future.


A pillar that provides safety, security and opportunity for individuals, whaanau, communities to live their best lives, and to prosper spiritually and economically.


A pillar that reminds us of our connection to, reliance on, and responsibility to care for the natural and physical world, so it is protected and nurtured.

Strategy document

You can download a free PDF copy of the full Strategy document for He Pou Manawa Ora - Pillars of Wellbeing below.