Māori Suicide Prevention Community Fund

 The Māori Suicide Prevention Community Fund 2020 – 2021
Supported by He Tapu te Oranga o ia Tangata: Every Life Matters Suicide Prevention Strategy. Te Au, as The National Māori Suicide Prevention Centre, will see $1.6 million disbursed to whānau, hapū, iwi, Māori communities and Māori providers to address suicide and its impacts through the Māori Community Suicide Prevention Fund.  This is a one-off funding that will support Māori initiatives in 2020-2021 to build the capacity of Māori whānau, hapū and iwi to prevent suicide within communities and respond effectively if, or when, a suicide occurs.

The Community Fund Applications 

Launched on July 1st 2020, the Community Fund was targeted at Māori interested in enhancing wellbeing through suicide prevention and postvention responses. 

They could apply for one of the four funding categories that were available: 

  • Whānau or Hapū – up to $10.000 each
  • Māori community groups – up to $25.000 each
  • Iwi or Māori Organisations – up to $50.000 each
  • Regional or National collaboratives of whānau, hapū, Iwi or Māori Organizations – up to $100.000

There was an overwhelming response from around the country to the Māori Community Suicide Prevention Funding opportunity, with 139 eligible applications received before the cut-off date and a total sum amount of $4.8 million applied for.  This response reflects the huge need across Aotearoa (NZ) for things to happen around suicide and suicide prevention.  This response also shows the strong desire in our whānau Māori to make self-determined activations for positive change in their respective communities. 

A limit of $1.6 million was available to be distributed for the Community fund this 2020 / 2021 year, which saw a total of 74 of the initiatives funded.

CLICK HERE - Community Fund Recipients (2020-2021)

Region  Name of Application or Organisation  Primary city  Funding Category 
  E Tu Te Tai Tokerau Trust  Whangarei  Local Community 
  Hiri Reihana Ruka Whānau Trust  Dargaville  Whānau or Hapū 
  Nga Tao a Hineamaru  Moerewa  Whānau or Hapū 
  Ngawha Springs Forward Charitable Trust  Kaikohe  Local Community 
  Oranga Nui Tonu  Kaitaia  Whānau or Hapū 
  Otarihau Trust  Okaihau  Whānau or Hapū 
  Te Uma o Miria  Kawakawa  Whānau or Hapū 
  Te Uri o Hina Marae  Ahipara  Whānau or Hapū 
  Te Waiariki, Ngāti Korora, Ngāti Taka Hapū Iwi Trust  Whangarei  Local Community 
  The Hook Whānau  Rawhiti  Whānau or Hapū 
  Wairoa Trust  Kohukohu  Whānau or Hapū 
  Whakamana Tangata Moerewa  Moerewa  Whānau or Hapū 
  E Tipu E Rea Whānau Services  Henderson  Local Community 
  Ngā Uri o Takarei Trust  Waitakere  Whānau or Hapū 
  Te Korowai Ariki Limited  Waitakere  Whānau or Hapū 
  Whenua Ukaipo  Massey  Whānau or Hapū 
  #HitHome Project  Te Atatu North  Whānau or Hapū 
  He Tikanga Mo Te Riri initiative  Auckland  Whānau or Hapū 
  He Aute Te Awhea  Mt Roskill  Whānau or Hapū 
Counties Manukau     
  Aorangi Marae  Buckland’s beach  Whānau or Hapū 
  Manurewa Marae  Manurewa  Iwi or Provider 
  Tuwhera Trust  Franklin  Local Community 
Bay of Plenty       
  Korohina whānau  Tauranga  Whānau or Hapū 
  Mana Enhancing S.T.O.P Rōpū – Taneatua/Ruatoki  Ruatoki  Whānau or Hapū 
  Tahuwhakatiki Marae Trust  Tauranga  Local Community 
  Te Puna Hauora Ki Uta Ki Tai  Tauranga  Iwi or Provider 
  Waipu Hauora  Maunganui  Local Community 
  Aratiatia Community Marae at Fairfield College  Hamilton  Local Community 
  Matutaera Herangi  Ngāruawāhia  Whānau or Hapū 
  Te Papanui Enderley Community Trust  Hamilton  Local Community 
  Te Toki Voyaging Trust  Whatawhata  Iwi or Provider 
  Te Whare Toi o Ngāruawāhia-Twin Rivers Community Art Centre Incorporated  Ngāruawāhia  Local Community 
  Anitana Whānau Trust  Turangi  Whānau or Hapū 
  Arthur Moke Whānau Trust  Rotorua  Whānau or Hapū 
  Patua Te Taniwha Charitable Trust  Rotorua  Local Community 
  Te Hapori Ora  Taupo  Iwi or Provider 
  Te Mana Hauora o Te Arawa Trust  Rotorua  Local Community 
  Te Runanga o Ngāti Pikiao Trust  Rotorua  Iwi or Provider 
  Te Waiariki Purea Trust  Rotorua  Iwi or Provider 
  Eria Moke Whānau Trust  Hamilton  Whānau or Hapū 
  Mates of Tairawhiti  Gisborne  Local Community 
  Moko Turongo Charitable Trust  Inner Kaiti  Local Community 
  Ngāti Porou Hauora Charitable Trust  Te Puia Springs  Iwi or Provider 
  Pipi-Urupa Whānau  Gisborne  Whānau or Hapū 
  Tairawhiti Walk in Meth Support Groups  Gisborne  Whānau or Hapū 
Hawkes Bay       
  Heretaunga Kindergarten  Hastings  Local Community 
  Tū Mai Awa  Hastings  Whānau or Hapū 
  Mitchell Te Whare Tapa Whā Wellbeing  Hastings  Whānau or Hapū 
  Māmia  Hastings  Whānau or Hapū 
  Ko wai tōu ingoa initiative  Hastings  Whānau or Hapū 
  Rangatahi Elite Training Programme  Hastings  Whānau or Hapū 
  Rongo Taua Charitable Trust  New Plymouth  Local Community 
Mid Central – Manawatu     
  Āriki Archives  Levin  Whānau or Hapū 
  Best Care (Whakapai Hauora) Charitable Trust  Palmerston north  Iwi or Provider 
  Mana o te Tangata Trust  Palmerston north  Iwi or Provider 
  Te Peka o Wairarapa  Masterton  Iwi or Provider 
Hutt Valley       
  Whānau 4 Life initiative  Lower Hutt  Whānau or Hapū 
Capital and Coast       
  Te Waka Whaiora Trust  Porirua  Iwi or Provider 
  Ngāti Rārua o Te Wairau Society Incorporated  Blenheim  Whānau or Hapū 
  Reuben and Hinekawa Manihera Whānau Trust  Nelson  Whānau or Hapū 
  Ngā Rangatira o Āpōpō initiative  Motueka  Whānau or Hapū 
West Coast       
  Poutini Waiora  Greymouth  Local Community 
  He Waka Tapu Ltd  Christchurch  Iwi or Provider 
  Mau Aroha  Christchurch  Whānau or Hapū 
  Koti Whānau Hauora  Christchurch  Whānau or Hapū 
  Mana Tahuna Charitable Trust   Queenstown  Local Community 
  Te Rōpū Tautoko ki te Tonga Incorporated  Dunedin  Iwi or Provider 
  Tūmua Innovation Limited  Invercargill  Local Community 
  Boxing for Te Whare Tapa Whā  Dunedin  Whānau or Hapū 
  Mahinga Kai  Dunedin  Whānau or Hapū 
  Building Better Men  Dunedin  Whānau or Hapū 
Regional collaboration 
  Aupōuri Ngāti Kahu Te Rarawa Trust (ANT Trust)  Kaitaia  Regional or National 
  H2R Research and Consulting Ltd  Hawke’s bay,WhanganuiRotorua,Gisborne   Regional or National 
  Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau Health Education & Social Services  Kawerau  Regional or National 



Assessment of the applications 2020 – 2021

 Each application for the fund was reviewed and assessed by a panel of external assessors.  The panel had representatives and expertise from the clinical, community and whānau sector.  

The successful applicants have been notified.  Each initiative funded in this round have between September (2020) and March (2021) to complete their respective projects.  

See the graph below to see how the funds were distributed.  


The aims of the Māori Community Fund are to:

  • Encourage a focus on Wellbeing
  • Provide support to Māori whānau, hapū and iwi that are experiencing suicide risk and/or are bereaved by suicide
  • Build inclusive Māori communities and strengthen resilience
  • Raise awareness about available supports and resources
  • Increase awhi to whānau known to be at higher risk of suicidal distress.

The overarching goal of the fund is to build the capacity of Māori whānau, hapū and iwi to prevent suicide within communities and to respond effectively if, or when a suicide occurs.



He Tapu te Oranga o ia Tangata
He Tapu te Oranga o ia Tangata: Every Life Matters Suicide Prevention Strategy sets the vision for a future in Aotearoa where there is no suicide!

It predicts a future where the suicide rate has reduced.  Where every person and their whānau have increased confidence and feel their lives matter.

These are some of the key aspects expected to help people achieve their potential:

  • whakapapa – having a strong identity, knowing where they come from and where they belong
  • tūmanako – having self-worth and being optimistic about their future
  • whanaungatanga – being connected with friends, whānau, and wider communities
  • atawhaitanga – receiving support that responds to distress with compassion, respect and understanding. Also supports healing and recovery
  • kia mōhio, kia mārama – knowing where and how to access support
  • mauri tau – having easy access to support that recognises and responds to their needs when they are affected by suicide.

Over the coming months, keep an eye out for featured stories (on the Te Au Māori and Te Rau Ora websites), about the initiatives happening across the country that we will be supporting through the community fund.    

SEE BELOW for initiatives supported by the Māori Suicide Prevention Fund.

Or contact:  communityfund@terauora.com for more information.

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