Informed, cohesive and resilient communities
‘Our voyage has been strengthened by our many communities.’
A focus on communities necessarily involved participation by large numbers of people from a wide range of groups. Māori do not belong to a single community. Instead, there are a diversity of communities built around the day-to-day lives of people and defined as much by interests, involvement, and inclusion as by locality.
Waka Hourua identified a range of Māori communities for whom the prevention of suicide was a priority. A characteristic of each community was a common interest or activity that fostered a sense of belonging and commitment. Members of the community worked in a collaborative manner and carried with them distinctive patterns of leadership and belonging. Within each group, there was often an ‘inner core’ of members who provided expertise, sustainability and experience. There was an obvious commitment to adhering to a message that everyone has an important role in leading the development of wellness which is a tangible feature of the Waka Hourua Community Initiatives.
These messages were consolidated through the completion of Goal 1 initiatives that built Informed, cohesive and resilient communities which included: Kura Productions, Mental Health Foundation Tīwhanawhana Trust, He Waka Tapu, Ngā Kete Mātauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust, Te Roopu Tautoko ki Te Tonga, Te Kupenga Net Trust, Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whaoa Rūnanga Trust, Matahiwi Marae Te Rongo Toi Uru Trust, Bestcare (Whakapai Hauora) Charitable Trust, Ahipene Takuta Werahiko Whānau Trust, Ngāti Awa Social & Health Services, Te Waimana Kaaku, Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau, Raglan Community House, Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust, Ngāti Hine Health Trust, Te Ringa Atawhai, Te Hauora o Te Hika o Te Ika.