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Ko Aotea te waka, Ko Taranaki te maunga, Ko Ngāti Ruanui te iwi, Ko Wharepuni te marae, Ko Rongo Taua te Kaupapa, Tihei Mauri Ora! The first graduation for rangatahi on the Rongo Taua Trust Mau rakau wānanga was held at Wharepuni marae near Hawera on the 2nd of October, 2020.  Held over the first …

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Māori Community Fund closes with over $4 Million worth of applications received.

Suicide for Māori is a huge issue in our country! This statement comes through loud and clear after the overwhelming response from whānau, iwi, community and regional organisations across Aotearoa, who recently applied for the Māori Suicide Prevention Community Fund (2020/2021). Supported by He Tapu te Oranga o ia Tangata: Every Life Matters Suicide Prevention …

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Suicide Prevention Office

A New Suicide Prevention Office for Aotearoa

Te Au was with the Ministry of Health for the Opening of the Office of Suicide Prevention by the Honourable Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Honourable Minister of Health Dr David Clarke. The role of the Suicide Prevention Office  is to provide leadership and stewardship for suicide prevention and postvention activities.  Guided by  Every Life …

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Learning from Māori in their Community Suicide Prevention Initiatives

A Waka Hourua Community Fund managed by Te Rau Ora ( then Te Rau Matatini) and Le Va provided a one-off contestable fund to  Māori  and Pasifika communities to build their capacity in community-based suicide intervention initiatives or projects. Between 2014 and 2017,  Te Rau Ora had the privilege of supporting 47 Māori community suicide …

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Nga Mea Ora Katoa: Every Life Matters

This week we had the privilege of meeting  Carla na Nagara in her new role as the Director of Suicide Prevention Office (Ministry of Health).  Carla brings a depth of experience and wisdom to this role, also as a Coroner, who was recognised for her dedication to suicide prevention.

Waka Hourua LG meeting with Carla 5th Nov 2019

The Suicide Prevention Office aims to strengthen the national leadership around suicide prevention.  It will lead, champion and coordinate the implementation of Every Life Matters for Aotearoa New Zealand. The establishment of a Māori advisory function will also occur to advise on the work of the Suicide Prevention Office and implementation of Every Life Matters.

What do you know about the strategy?

 Tapu te Oranga o ia tangata: Every Life Matters: Suicide Prevention Strategy 2019–2029 and  Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2019–2024  for Aotearoa New Zealand  was released on World Suicide Prevention Day.    Every Life Matters will build on existing work and  will enhance the approach to suicide prevention to ensure we achieve a better future for all people in Aotearoa.

The strategy is significant to Māori given our losses to suicide, and it purposely promotes a strong Māori essence throughout the strategy.

Ka kitea te pae tawhiti, kia mau ki te ora

See the broad horizon, hold on to life

Please read the strategy and action plan

The aspirations in the strategy include:

  • A Suicide Prevention Office to provide leadership and stewardship for suicide prevention and postvention activities
  • Working alongside Māori to enable and support effective Māori leadership of suicide prevention
  • Amplifying the voices of those with lived experience of suicidal distress and suicide bereavement in collaboration and co-design opportunities
  • Working together, with collective ownership and responsibilities clearly indicated across government, the suicide prevention sector and communities
  • Embedding approaches that acknowledge the impact of adverse childhood events and trauma on the wellbeing on individuals, whānau and families, and communities
  • Undertaking comprehensive research to make sure we have access to the data, information and research we need to fully understand and respond to suicidal distress and behaviour
  • Focusing on specific population groups and recognising that different people with different levels of advantage require different approaches and resources to achieve equitable health outcomes
  • Moving from a largely mental-health service-based response to enabling communities to nurture and support their whānau and families and community members when they are experiencing suicidal distress
  • Acknowledging the impact of suicide on individuals, whānau and families, and communities and better supporting people bereaved by suicide.
Te Rau Ora

He Ora Pai: We deserve to live a good life!

Consistently, young people, males and Māori have experienced disproportionately high rates of suicide in Aotearoa since these losses have been counted. For Māori, the loss to suicide has affected many whānau, with  losses amongst our youth and young adults, in both males and females. In the recent Chief Coroners annual provisional statistics for suicides[1], losses …

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Waka Hourua

E rere tonu te waka: Insights from the first journey of Waka Hourua

’E Rere tonu te waka’ is a report that was written by the Waka Hourua Leadership Group, representing insights and learnings from the first three year journey of the first National Māori and Pasifika Suicide Prevention Programme in New Zealand.   It was an important time to reflect on the learnings of this programme and in …

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