The Maori holistic approach to health incorporates the physical, mental, spiritual and whanau characteristics of Te Ao Maori. The Rolleston whanau have a passion for health and believe they can manage their own health and affect health outcomes by using an innovative approach. The project is a kaupapa Maori project and is truly 'by Maori, for Maori'. The research team is whanau, the participants are whanau and the development of the methodology has been by whanau as a collective. The overarching aim of this research project is to improve the health and wellbeing of whanau. To achieve this aim, four objectives have been identified, to: a) Determine our whanau health priorities; b) Develop strategies to address those priorities; c) Define our collective expertise and use our expertise to implement the above strategies; and d) Develop a whanau plan for continued whanau management of our health and wellbeing. The potential impact for the Rolleston whanau is immeasurable. The model could be adapted by other whanau who also wish to manage their own health status.