Strategy & values

Our vision is: Better outcomes for skateboarding and skateboarders

We aim to achieve our vision by focusing on our Organisation values, Strategic pillars and Well-being values.

Organisation values

Our organisation’s values guide all the work we do.

Fun

Open

Inclusive

Strategic pillars

Our strategic pillars define what work we do.

Governance
& operations

Working with national and international governance bodies. Local government and council facilitation.

Participation​

Supporting individuals and groups participating in skateboarding related activities.

Pathways​

Developing and implementing strategies for education, events, participation and high performance.

Well-being

Living our well-being values first. Delivering the strategic pillars, not at the expense of well-being.

High Performance

Success on the world stage, realising athletic potential & performing consistently.

Well-being values

Skateboarding New Zealand’s well-being values are based on the Māori health concept and model of Te whare tapa wha’ — the four cornerstones (or sides) of Māori health.

As a collective and individually, these four dimensions must be present to ensure we operate and support athletes and skateboarders in a balanced, equitable and nurturing way.

Taha tinana
Physical health

The capacity for physical growth and development.

Good physical health is required for optimal development.

Our physical ‘being’ supports our essence and shelters us from the external environment. For Māori the physical dimension is just one aspect of health and well-being and cannot be separated from the aspect of mind, spirit and family.

Taha wairua
Spiritual health

The capacity for faith and wider communication.

Health is related to unseen and unspoken energies.

The spiritual essence of a person is their life force. This determines us as individuals and as a collective, who and what we are, where we have come from and where we are going.

A traditional Māori analysis of physical manifestations of illness will focus on the wairua or spirit, to determine whether damage here could be a contributing factor.

Taha whānau
Family health

The capacity to belong, to care and to share where individuals are part of wider social systems.

Whānau provides us with the strength to be who we are. This is the link to our ancestors, our ties with the past, the present and the future.

Understanding the importance of whānau and how whānau (family) can contribute to illness and assist in curing illness is fundamental to understanding Māori health issues.

Taha hinengaro
Mental health

The capacity to communicate, to think and to feel mind and body are inseparable.

Thoughts, feelings and emotions are integral components of the body and soul.

This is about how we see ourselves in this universe, our interaction with that which is uniquely Māori and the perception that others have of us.

This model was developed by Mason Durie. For more information about Te whare tapa wha, and to read the full text, visit the Ministry of Health’s website.