Te Ihi Ora Wānanga Wellington


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Te Ihi Ora is a wānanga delivered and hosted by Te Rau Matatini as a proactive response alongside Māori to the challenging issue of suicide. Nau mai haere mai whānau ki Te Whanganui-a-Tara.  

The term ‘Te Ihi Ora’ represents the physical expression of the inner dialogue of self, and wānanga connects with people in their communities in varying ways.  The underlying philosophy of the wānanga is the exuberance of life, and assists people to address various challenges in the pursuit of wellness, and to tackle the situation associated with suicide. Whilst considering the range of mental health, addiction, social, economic and whanau challenges within peoples contexts.

The programme is informed by matauranga Māori, kaumātua and kuia guidance and professional expertise of Te Ihi Ora facilitation team at Te Rau Matatini who have experience in suicide prevention, mental health and addiction treatment with Māori. The wānanga can be adapted to any context, for whānau, Māori communities, youth and adults, Māori & non Māori frontline practitioners.

Hui date and time:

Level 4, 191 Thorndon Quay, Thorndon, Wellington

28 April 2016

10.00am start 

Profile of Te Ihi Ora Wānanga Facilitators

Ronald Baker (Ngāti Porou, Rongomaiwahine)
Ronald Baker currently employed as kaumātua for Manawanui Oranga Hinengaro Services (Auckland).
A registered psychiatric nurse of 35 years Ronald’s commitment has been to establishing and enhancing kaupapa Māori services and practice in several iwi rohe region.

Profile of Te Ihi Ora Whānau Tautoko

Koromiko Richards (Ngāti Whātua)
Koromiko is the kuia for this programme, she brings expertise in developing Māori mental health services, education and community development.

Maria Baker (Ngāpuhi nui tonu, Te Rarawa)
Maria is currently Interim Chief Executive with Te Rau Matatini, and manages the Waka Hourua Suicide Prevention Programme. A registered nurse of 20 years, Maria brings expertise from localised suicide prevention, intervention and postvention programme; Māori mental health, primary mental health service / practice development and Māori health professional development.


For further information and programme details please contact Maria Baker - Te Rau Matatini Workforce Innovation Manager and Interim Chief Executive.

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