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Visit this page regularly to view the latest research, evidence and information about suicide prevention and wellness strategies for Māori. You can also sign up to our newsletter and we will let you know when we have new research, evidence and resources available for you to view.

Te Kīwai Rangahau

Te Kiwai Rangahau is the Research, Evaluation & Data Intelligence Unit of Te Rau Ora.  Te Kiwai Rangahau works alongside Te Au to gather evidential data about how working from a Maori framework with Māori can help prevent suicide.

OUR PUBLICATIONS

Te Iti Me Te Rahi: Everyone Counts - Mental Health Services: Supplementary Report, 2019.

Mental Health Services: Supplementary Report, 2019.

 

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Te Iti Me Te Rahi: Everyone Counts - Addiction Services: Supplementary Report, 2019

Addiction Services: Supplementary Report, 2019.

 

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Hei Āpōpō!

Ko te pūtake o tēnei rauemi, he āwhina i te hunga e aupēhitia ana e te mate hinengaro. Ka taea e tātou katoa te tautoko i te hunga e pōraruraru pēnei ana kia whiwhi ai rātou i te āwhina o tētahi ratonga hauora.

 

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Tū Whānau Mai

Ko tā Te Rau Ora, he whakamataara i ngā whānau Māori ki ngā whakatūpato, me ngā whakaohoreretanga o te mate whakamomori me ngā rautaki e mārohirohi ai te tū hei kaupare i tēnei taniwha.

 

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Waka Hourua: An Agenda for the Prevention of Suicide – March 2019

At the Waka Hourua Hui Fono on 3 March 2019, Sir Mason Durie presented ten priorities for the prevention of suicide, which were adopted by the attendees.

 

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Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua 1 – Research Agenda

Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua, Māori and Pacific Strategic Research Agenda was established in 2014 with a clear objective to identify and evidence effective strategies, for Māori & Pasifika families and communities, that help to prevent suicide

 

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Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua 2 – Research Agenda

Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua, Māori and Pacific Strategic Research Agenda was established in 2014 with a clear objective to identify and evidence effective strategies, for Māori & Pasifika families and communities, that help to prevent suicide

Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua II (2017 – 2021) is the Second Strategic Research Agenda  for Māori and Pasifika Suicide Prevention that provides a framework for the strategic priority areas that will help Māori and Pasifika to build the evidence base of what works for whānau, hapū, iwi, Pasifika families and communities to prevent suicide, through research carried out by, with and for these groups, as determined by Māori and Pasifika communities.

 

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Suicide Postvention: Support for Pacific Communities

The primary aim of this research was to engaged Pasifika communities and examine what they consider were the most important, appropriate and effective components to include in the development of Pasifika postvention guidelines in order to provide the best possible support for Pasifika individuals, families, and communities bereaved by suicide.

Researcher: Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath
Research priority: Realising the Potential of Supporting Recovery.
Location: Hibiscus Research is undertaking the research in Auckland.

Waka Hourua webinar – To view this presentation from Dr Tiatia-Seath click here.  For the supporting PowerPoint click here.

 

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Towards Mauri Ora

Towards Mauri Ora: Entrepreneurship education and community development for hard to reach rangatahi and their whānau – pathway and models for sustainable development

This research examined the outcomes of Ahikaa, a specialised Kaupapa Māori entrepreneurship education programme for rangatahi experiencing recurring trauma and their whānau. Using a Kaupapa Māori methodology, Whānau Narrative Inquiry and motivational interviewing methods, this research examined the transformative potential of entrepreneurship education for rangatahi and whānau self-determination.

Researcher: Dr Catherine Love
Research team: Dr Keri Lawson-Te Aho, Professor Emeritus Sir Ngātata Love, Shamia Shariff
Research priority: Realising the Potential of Cultural Identity.
Location: The researchers are based in Te Tau Ihu and Te Upoko o Te Ika (Blenheim-Marlborough and Wellington regions) and the research is taking place primarily in Te Tau Ihu, Te Upoko, Taranaki and Bay of Plenty.

Waka Hourua webinar – To view this presentation from Dr Cathering Love click here.  For the supporting PowerPoint click here.

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Investigating Pasifika cultural strengths and prevention of suicide – Preliminary Findings

This research investigated cultural strengths and links with suicide prevention approaches in three Pasifika groups and developed projects to then be piloted. In summary:

  1. Identified Tokelauan, Cook Island and Samoan cultural concepts and knowledge on suicide and its prevention.
  2. Developed practices and responses for piloting from the Tokelauan, Cook Island and Samoan cultural concepts and knowledge that assisted in suicide prevention.
  3. Developed Tokelauan, Cook Island and Samoan suicide prevention mental health practices for piloting within mental health services.

Researcher: Taimalieutu Kiwi Tamasese amd Tafaoimalo Loudeen Parsons
Research priority: Realising the Potential of Cultural Identity
Location: Wellington
Waka Hourua webinar – To view this presentation from Taimalieutu Kiwi Tamasese and Tafaoimalo Loudeen Parsons click here.  For the supporting PowerPoint click here.

 

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He Waipuna Koropupu

He Waipuna Koropupu is a Kaupapa Māori research project that seeked to address the silence that exists in relation to Taranaki suicide. Qualitative in nature, the data collected for analysis obtained from Taranaki whānau through participant interviews and hapū hui. Whānau experiences of suicide, behavioural patterns, warning signs and cultural and social systems were explored.

Researcher: Ngaropi Cameron
Research team: Leonie Pihama, Jocelyn Millard Awhina Cameron
Research priority: Realising the Potential of Supporting Recovery
Location: All researchers whakapapa to Taranaki and the research will be based out of Taranaki.
Waka Hourua webinar – To view this presentation from Ngaropi Cameron click here.  For the supporting PowerPoint click here.

 

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Global Overview: Indigenous Suicide Rates

Last year, two of our very own, Aotearoa’s leading Māori researchers Dr Keri Lawson Te Aho and Dr Kahu McClintock collaborated in a range of ways with our Australian whānau.  One of those gems was in the publication of the Global Overview of Suicide which provides an updated evidence base on the real concerns across indigenous nations globally.

 

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Indigenous Suicide: The Turamarama Declaration

Abstract

Across the globe suicide has become a major public health concern. Indigenous suicide rates have escalated over the past two decades and continue to exceed national rates.  In 2016, a Māori tribal organisation, Ngāti Pikiao, convened an international conference, Turamarama ki te Ora, to discuss global approaches to the prevention of suicide.   To bring together the many aspects of suicide prevention, a Declaration was presented and subsequently endorsed by Conference delegates.  The Turamarama Declaration acknowledged the grief associated with suicide, recognised avenues to promote indigenous resilience, identified opportunities to decrease risks to suicide, and challenged local, national, and international authorities to take definitive measures to reduce indigenous suicide.  The Declaration also encouraged indigenous people to work together to provide an integrated response and collective, networked leadership.

Mason Durie

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Ka Ao Ka Ao – Postvention For Māori

This is part of a suicide postvention project by Te Rau Ora, which will identify and promote culturally relevant postvention response models for Māori.  Postvention is about ensuring appropriate care and support for whānau and friends who have lost loved ones to suicide, one important component to suicide prevention in Aotearoa.

As part of this project, Te Rau Ora has produced a publication called Ka Ao, Ka Ao Postvention for Māori; which includes an introduction to postvention as prevention, Māori and suicide, and case studies which prompt the variety of ways Māori are using in postvention.

The Ka Ao, Ka Ao Postvention for Māori report is available for download below.

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