The Hit Home Project – Preserve Our Peoples Lives

Home is a place that should be peaceful and safe from the storms.  But for some families, this is a place where they have lost a loved one to suicide.   The whānau who live and remain in those homes, are left only with questions, memories, and heart ache. The Hit Home project, started in South …

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Tupuna Footsteps Path the Way for Whānau Wellness (Gisborne)

Ko Ngā Uri o Mohi rāua ko Waitemata KOROHINA Horoera, East Cape “Ko Matahi o te Tau he papakainga Rangimarie. Ki te hokihoki atu ngā uri, kare te marae e noho mokemoke ana, kāre e tū tahanga ana. Nā reira e te whānau, tukuna atu he karakia aroha ki tō tātou ū-kai-pō, a Matahi o …

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Marae Based Initiatives for Suicide Prevention (Palmerston North)

He Mea Nui Koe!” “You Matter!              Palmerston North “He Mea Nui Koe” is a targeted suicide prevention program, that aims to enrich the health and well-being of Rangatahi, as well as the health and well-being of the wider whānau, with a particular focus on suicide prevention. This programme aims to acknowledge the whānau as the …

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Navigating an Island of Success with Wayfinding (Whatawhata)

Wayfinding to Choose Hope Whatawhata Wayfinding transposes the principles of celestial navigation and ocean voyaging by ancient and modern Pasifika voyagers into a framework that can be used in a modern context. Wayfinding was developed by Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i under the guidance of voyaging tohunga and leader of Te Toki, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr.  Designed specifically …

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It Takes a Village to Strengthen a Community (Ngawha).

Ngawha Springs moving Forward Kaikohe Ngawha Springs is a small village comprising 80 houses with about 250 people – 20-30 babies and toddlers, 60 children between the age of, 5-18, 60 or so adults between 20 – 60 and kaumatua and kuia members of whanau who have lived in the village for several generations. There …

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Awhi and Manaaki: Supporting Rangatahi with Cultural Identity. (Porirua)

Te Whakatipu Rangatahi             Porirua To awhi and manaaki rangatahi by developing and enhancing protective factors that will make suicidal behaviour less likely and include such things as having a secure cultural identity, access to support and help, whānau and community support and connectedness, thus improving the ability of rangatahi to deal with life’s difficulties.  Initiatives …

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Building Collective Skills, Building Suicide Prevention (Wairarapa)

Te Taura Whakapapa – Awhi whānau Masterton This initiative is designed by, with and for Māori. It builds on the previous work done through Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and focusses on building our collective skills, knowledge and abilities to deal with suicide and prevent suicide from happening in our rohe. Our three focus areas this year …

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Strengthening Whānau Through Loss with a Hikoi of Hope. (Hastings to Dunedin)

As the sun peeked over the horizon for the first time on January the 13th 2020, sleeping bags, tents, luggage and supplies piled up, one by one.  A special group gathered together on this early Monday morning and although they weren’t sure what was in store for them, they were getting ready to embark on …

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Mentoring and Practices Passed Down Through Generations (Dunedin)

He Manawa Titi Dunedin He Manawa Titi, founded on long-held Māori traditions, stories and practices passed down through the generations, is an initiative with a strong focus on rangatahi Māori.  He Manawa Titi  work with rangatahi Māori tane (15-24 years old) in monthly wānanga, where the primary focus will be learning Mau Rākau and Kapahaka.  …

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