Could taha wairua be the missing link in Māori mental health?
Ngai Tūhoe man Hone Edmonds had a remarkable near-death experience that completely changed his life and set him up on a spiritual path. But his early recovery was marred by an assault conviction.
Edmonds' own spiritual awakening followed a remarkable near-death experience, during which he had no heartbeat for 25 minutes.
Now he devotes his life to helping people maintain their taha wairua. Te Ao Moana met Hone on a spiritual retreat in Te Urewera.
Hone reflects on some of the darkness he has battled.