The use of whānau ora (healthy families) to represent individual health while also encompassing the collective of family means there is a need to address connectedness that goes beyond wider family structures to include health, education and social service providers. The views of kaumātua (Māori elders) were sought through a series of hui (meetings) to develop an understanding of the term “whānau ora” and its practical application. The hui highlighted that whānau ora has many interconnecting facets, including some tension around the notions of interdependent whānau and individual health care needs. Te Korowai has been developed from seven interconnecting themes raised by kaumātua. Te Korowai represents the concepts and practicalities of whānau ora.