Tuia ki runga

Tuia ki raro

Tuia ki waho

Tuia ki roto

Tuia i te here tangata.

Ka rongo te ao

Ka rongo te pō

Ka tihei wā mauri ora


Based in Whangārei-te-rerenga-parāoa, the Aroora kaupapa sits within Community Leisure Management’s whakatauki ‘Ka āwhina mai, ka āwhina atu, ngā mahi a te rēhia.

The Aroora framework was, created after a visit from a Ruru, affirmed by a visit from a Kāhu, and realised initially at the Whangārei Aquatic Centre in 2015 (ask our kaimahi about this if you're ever on wānanga with us).

Aligned with CLM’s vision to be leaders in the leisure and recreation industry, the Aroora kaupapa gives space for Māori to define, express, shape, and pursue our own concepts of leisure and recreation in a distinctly Māori fashion, normalising our world views of atuatanga, manaakitanga, and rangatiratanga.

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All of our mahi is informed by the Aroora framework. We endeavour to support and create experiences and spaces where tangata can connect to atua, to taiao, and to each other strengthening ones understanding and appreciation of collective and individual oranga.

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Drawing from mātauranga Māori practise and principles, Aroora is a bicultural well-being philosophy that is applicable to people of all backgrounds.

Aroora is the framework which we use to inform our management practise and the model we use in the kaupapa Māori programmes we deliver.

The word Aroora can be broken into two kupu (words) Aro, meaning to turn towards, focus on, or concentrate on, and Ora, meaning health, life, well being.

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Aroora and tikanga

Tikanga are guiding principles. Aroora has seven tikanga which allow us to express rangatiratanga and manaakitanga, key elements of the Aroora philosophy.

  • Whakapapa
  • Pono
  • Aroha
  • Mana
  • Tika
  • Āio
  • Ānāianei te wā

Aroora and ira tangata

Aroora encourages people to be conscious of 5 elements of the ira tangata (human element) which affect a persons ora.

  • Hinengaro
  • Tinana
  • Wairua
  • Whānau
  • Mauri ora

Aroora and whāinga

There are 3 Aro in Aroora. The Aro remind us of what’s important in life and talk to direction, purpose, and relationship.

  • Arotahi
  • Aronga
  • Arorangi

Aroora and ngā hōtaka

We are currently delivering two programmes for rangatahi in Whangārei, Tenei tōku whare and Tāhuna tau atu, as well as delivering our internal Māori leadership programme, Kāhu kōrako, across the CLM network.

Keep up to date on our Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.



We offer Aroora experiences for groups in Whangārei and Te Tai Tokerau. These experiences can be tailored to meet your group’s needs and can be moana based, using kōpapa (stand up paddleboards) or waka, or maunga and ngahere based.

Usually these will include; kōrero around the Aroora framework, cultural narratives and pūrākau specific to the location, exposure to taonga pūoro and rongoā Māori, kai, moderate exercise, and good fun.

Experiences are individually tailored depending on what you want to achieve.

Ko au te Kauri, ko te Kauri ko au.

In Aroora we view the health and well-being of our people and our taiao as one.

We promote, support, educate, and try to lessen our impact on the environment wherever we can, as best we can.

As a kaupapa we are plant based and where possible provide everyone on our wānanga kai from the whenua free from animal agriculture.

We also actively seek out the most environmentally friendly merchandise and gear we can find to wear and give out to our participants to keep us safe in the spaces we engage in.


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