Waka Hourua

Eddie Harawira Whānau Trust

Eddie Harawira Whānau Trust

This Waka Hourua Project: Wānanga and PATH planning project is underpinned by the belief that the whānau that is the engine room of iwi development (Kruger, 2010). Through whakapapa the whānau is committed to vulnerable and suffering whānau members for life, which means whānau offer the most untapped potential for Māori suicide prevention (Turia, 2012; Lawson-Te Aho, 2012). The project is also underpinned by the belief that kōrero in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention is important.

The Eddie Harawira Whānau Trust ran a wānanga a whānau at Tamakihikurangi marae, Waiohau, and a wānanga a whānau at Ohotu marae, Ruatoki, to develop simple and practical suicide prevention strategies, including the right support networks for their young people and equipping them with the skills to be able to tell their stories in a safe setting. The Trust worked specifically with 20 rangatahi and tamariki to achieve their goals using the PATH planning tool. PATH planning will identify what is important to rangatahi and where they see themselves in the future.

The Eddie Harawira Whānau Trust engaged a navigator (Kai Raranga) from Te Ao Marama Whānau Ora Collective in the wānanga a whānau to begin a PATH.

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