In terms of health, Maori are an under privileged and at-risk group of New Zealand society. However, health is not simply physical disease but mental wellbeing as well, whereby we have an opportunity to discover our abilities and find a way through the normal stresses of life without harm. Unfortunately, the poor health of individuals affects the health and wellbeing of other whanau members, particularly our younger members. In this way, it is important that we discover methods to enhance whanau health. Traditional Maori art forms like carving have been linked to a positive Maori identity. Yet there is little or no information which directly links whakairo rakau to the promotion of good health among Maori whanau. This research will explore the role of whakairo rakau/carving and its ability to cause and transfer positive health knowledges, practices and identities among whanau members.