Māori and Pasifika Research Symposium

Te Rau Matatini together with Le Va hosted the first Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua National Māori and Pasifika Suicide Prevention Research Symposium at the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development, Ngaruawahia from the 19th June to the 21st June 2015.  Māori and Pasifika health researchers were invited to attend and present their research projects.  This symposium was a forum to contribute and inform participants what is happening locally, regionally and nationally around suicide prevention.

The Research Symposium supported Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua, the Strategic Research Agenda for Māori and Pasifika Suicide Prevention which provides the mechanism to:

  • Build the evidence base of what works for Māori whānau, hapū, iwi, Pasifika families and communities to prevent suicide, through research carried out by, with and for the groups, and
  • Build the leadership for suicide prevention.


Copies of the following symposium documents are available:

Media Release


Key Message Māori and Pacific Research Symposium


Waka Hourua Research Symposium Videos

The first video is from Dr Sarah Jane Tiakiwai, who gives an overview of the health and wellbeing of Waikato-Tainui.

Dr Sarah Jane Tiakiwai


The next two videos are from two of the Māori and Pasifika recipients of the Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua fund, talking about their individual research projects.

Ngaropi Cameron

Taimalieutu Kiwi Tamasese and Tafaoimalo Loudeen Parsons


The next eight videos are from other Māori and Pasifika researchers, including two Te Rau Matatini staff, who also presented at the Waka Hourua Māori and Pasifika Research Symposium.

Dr Pora Emery

Professor Denise Wilson

Dr Bryon Seiuli

Elizabeth Kerekere

Sam Manuela

Litia Tapu, Kiri Saul and Phillip Walker - Statistics New Zealand (StatsNZ)

Rachel McClintock

Dr Kahu McClintock


Mataora interview

Following the Waka Hourua Research Symposium, Dr Kahu McClintock (Waka Hourua Research Symposium Convenor, Te Rau Matatini) was invited to discuss the Waka Hourua programme on the Māori Television show Mataora with the presenter, Tumamao Harawira.

The interview consists of three sections:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three


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