Whainga O Te Au

Te Au is the National Māori Suicide Prevention Centre of Aotearoa.  Te Au is focussed on promoting hauora, and for Māori whānau to address the issue of suicide within communities throughout Aotearoa.  The National Māori programme fosters local leadership, builds capacity and improves capability to develop and implement suicide prevention plans and responses throughout the country.

Te Au is the name for the National Māori Suicide Prevention Centre within Te Rau Ora (formerly Te Rau Matatini).
Operating since 2014 as Waka Hourua: The Māori and Pacific Suicide Prevention National  Programme.

The  name for the Māori component in Waka Hourua is Te Au. We align with the  objectives of Waka Hourua.

Te Au Objectives

  1. Building the capacity and capability of Māori whānau, hapū, iwi, rangatahi and Pasifika communities, to respond safely and prevent suicide.
  2. Ensuring that culturally relevant Māori & Pasifika training are available to Māori and Pasifika communities and the health workforce.
  3. Building the evidence base through Te Rā o te Waka Hourua, of what works for Māori & Pasifika communities.
  4. Building leadership for suicide prevention.

Our Te Au Team

Tio Sewell

Tio Sewell

Kaiwhakahaere : Te Au Lead Manager

Ron Baker

Ron Baker

Kaumatua & Facilitator

Koromiko Richards

Koromiko Richards

Kuia & Kaitautoko

Regan Balzer

Regan Balzer

Pou Auaha : Creative Analyst and Facilitator

Tyler Morris

Tyler Morris

Kaitātāri Hōtaka : Programme Analyst

Karina Cootes

Karina Cootes

Kaiwhakarite : Coordinator- Tiaki Whanau, Tiaki Ora

Sharon Elkington

Sharon Elkington

Kairuruku Tari : Te Au Administrator

Zack Makoare

Zack Makoare

Pouarahi - Programmes Facilitator

Ngā Mahi O Te Au

Te Au hosts: A Māori community based team; a nationwide Māori Community Suicide Prevention Programme (Tiaki Whānau Tiaki Ora) building capacity and capability in Whānau Homes; Culturally relevant wānanga and activities for Wahine Ora, Tāne ora, Rangatahi Ora, Kaimahi Hauora and Pae Ora. Suicide prevention and postvention support. Also research, evaluation, an evidence based clearing house; symposium and hui.

Te Tohu – The Logo

The name and logo Te Au, has been developed and implemented under the framework of the Māori community suicide prevention programme. The rationale for this is to strengthen the identity of the Māori centred approach to suicide prevention and post-vention.

Te Au literally means current (a current of water, or air) and the path (ara) that are utilised to steer a waka to reach its destination. Concepts of current and flow are considered to be affected by the respective elements of Tawhirimatea (wind), Tangaroa (the ocean), and Marama (moon)- ngā Atua Māori- joining together the elements of Te Tai-ao (the environment), and Te Ira Tangata (humankind).

The name Te Au was given as a metaphor to describe the flow of what may need to happen in eliminating suicide and the elements of the environment that needs to be navigated to do so. The logo incorporates a puhoro design that denotes speed and agility, with a dexterous form of a Whai (stingray) – a kaitiaki in some areas – which flows through the ocean with strength and grace.

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