Māori suicide prevention
This initiative came about in recognition that abuse of substances such as methamphetamine and alcohol is a serious problem impacting on future generations. The initiative targeted hard to reach whānau from Ngati Tuera, Ngati Hinearo, and Ngati Hau hapū and sought to build, strengthen and support the whānau, hapū and community through reconnection to their marae and each other.
Two tiaki Whakapapa wānanga were held at their hapū marae. The wānanga spanned two weekends and kaupapa included suicide prevention training, learning to utilise Maramataka Māori (Māori calendar), learning about the origins of their whakapapa, connecting with the environment through learning about rongoā, and learning waiata and haka as a means of releasing emotion and healing the mind, body and soul.
As an outcome of the wānanga they developed an action plan for how to move forward and better support each other.