Waka Hourua is a four year partnership between national Māori health workforce development non-government organisation, Te Rau Matatini and national Pacific non-government organisation, Le Va.
Te Rau Matatini and Le Va have come together to deliver Waka Hourua, a suicide prevention programme for Māori and Pasifika communities. Waka Hourua responds directly to the expectations of the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan.
Waka Hourua has five key components. These are:
- National Leadership
This will be achieved by the National Leadership Group, Pasifika and Māori leaders who will monitor the performance of the programme and provide a distinctive and informed voice for Māori and Pasifika suicide prevention
- Pasifika Community Suicide Prevention
A national coordination centre for Pasifika Community Suicide Prevention
- Māori Community Suicide Prevention
A national coordination centre for Māori Community Suicide Prevention
- Community Fund
A one-off contestable fund for Māori and Pasifika families, whānau, hapū, iwi and communities to establish community based suicide prevention initiatives and effective community based responses when suicide has occurred
- A Strategic Research Agenda
A Strategic Research Agenda to contribute to the evidence base of what works for Māori and Pasifika.
Waka Hourua provides a strong voice for Māori whānau, hapū, iwi, Pasifika families and communities on suicide prevention and postvention. It is an invitation to:
- build resilience and a commitment to prevent and reduce suicide and respond safely and effectively when and if suicide occurs
- build leadership and knowledge through education and training that’s relevant and available to Maori whānau, hapū, iwi, Pasifika families and communities
- contribute to the evidence base of what works for Māori whānau, hapū, iwi, Pasifika families and communities to prevent suicide
- build leadership for suicide prevention.
Waka Hourua is a double hulled canoe designed to travel great distances across Te Moana Nui a Kiwa. In Aotearoa it’s the waka, in Samoa it’s the ‘alia, Tonga the Kalia, Fiji the Drua and Rarotonga the vaka-katea.
Waka Hourua is a visual representation of the partnership between Māori and Pasifika, Te Rau Matatini and Le Va. It acknowledges our common ancestry and shared journey steering pathways toward more resilient and flourishing Māori and Pasifika families. It is an opportunity to strengthen the relationships that bind us on our journey towards the achievement of common goals.
Waka Hourua calls us to work together and learn from each other to prevent and reduce suicide in our communities. How we do this will be particular and specific to the communities in which we work and live together.