#WhānauOra #MāoriOra

Waka Hourua is to build the capacity of whānau and communities to prevent and reduce suicide and respond effectively if and when a suicide occurs.  We are working with many people to achieve this, to find resources and solutions in our networks to share and utilise what works with Māori. Please view the following list and make contact with Tio Sewell, Kaiwhakahaere: Waka Hourua.


#LeVa #PasifikaCommunities

Please refer to Le Va for what works best for Pasifika.   


Te Wero

Te Wero is a tool that is founded upon tikanga and Māori tradition informed by kaumātua and kuia, it is positioned under the realm of Tumatauenga (Guardian of Conflict). Based upon three kaiwero in a traditional wero, it stems from the traditional need of the marae or the haukainga to determine the intent of their manuhiri. (Rakau Whakaara the warning challenger,  Rakau Takoto the fighting challenger, Rakau Whakawaha the supporting challenger).  

Te Wero highlights each kaiwero, their purpose and actions incorporated within a tool to provide practitioners methods of tackling suicide among Māori. Embedded within Te Ihi Ora Wānanga, it provides a Māori informed approach to suicide prevention and intervention.

For further information please contact Tio Sewell



Cyberbullying is an increasing issue and has been indicated in self harm and suicide deaths especially of young people.  

The Cybersafety for Indigenous Populations Resource was developed following a literature review and stakeholder consultation about varying campaigns aimed to at risk internet users and targeted toward reducing cyberbullying. 

Dedicated resources for young people, whānau, schools and communities are also available from Netsafe. View online or download this CyberSafely resource here.




Tiakina Te Ahuru Mowai - Wahine Ora

The rates of Māori women taking their lives has increased by 3.5 times over the past decade, the disparity is greater for females as Māori females are  more than twice as likely as non-Māori females to take their lives.  

Family violence in New Zealand is a serious public health issue which disproportionally has affected whānau.  Traumatised women who seek help or safety maybe at greater risk of self-harm or suicide attempts.  Screening of whanau and  intimate partner violence occurs in health and social service settings yet there is insufficient evidence to suggest its effect on outcomes like the early detection and prevention of  self- harm or suicidality or the level of harm that may arise from screening.  The potential  risk  is  suicide may go unrecognised and mental health problems (including the effects from trauma) go untreated as methods of risk assessment and intervention at the  frontline may not be that helpful to women and their whānau.

Frontline professionals and help groups do their best to assist their communities, yet most do not provide level of response needed due to differing contractual arrangements and limited resources.  Thus, potentially placing help seeking women at heightened risk for emotional distress and subsequent risk of self harm.  

In 2015-16 alongside Māori women refuges, a working framework was developed by Kia Maia Ltd on behalf of Te Rau Matatini. Its intention is to promote and support joined-up practices, services and methods across agencies to be more helpful to women. In addition, to providing women a tool for self help. The framework has been established, supported by a needs analyses of frontline workforces and the development of a training programme to support the framework. Workshops and training that was provided October 2016 informed the development of a specific training programme to frontline workforces to centre the needs of wāhine with their tamariki and whānau in all approaches.

For further information please contact Maria Baker


Tane Ora

Suicide was the second leading cause of premature death for Māori males and it was the fourth leading cause of premature death for non-Māori males.   The higher rates of suicide of Māori male is in all age groups younger than 49 years, with a high proportion of  Māori men having been unemployed compared to non-Māori. 

Stronger public health and preventive interventions that target Māori men and boys is required to ensure a coherent suicide prevention programme for the delivery to Māori communities.

Waka Hourua believes Māori men leading and championing a Tane Ora approach will be key to a successful approach to a holistic public health programme against suicide, supported by their whānau. A partnership was formed between Tane Ora and Te Rau Matatini to foster this, and work led by Maori males is occurring within communities.

For further information please contact Tio Sewell


See you tomorrow eh! 

Rangatahi and whānau suicide prevention resource. View online or download resource here.  

See you tomorrow eh! - Rangatahi and whānau suicide prevention resource




Rangatahi Suicide Prevention Videos 

Te Rau Matatini was contracted by Te Puni Kōkiri to create rangatahi Māori youth strength based whānau focused suicide prevention video resources.  The resource development was rangatahi led and supported culturally and clinically. We are very thankful for the opportunity to produce the series of videos and are incredibly proud of our rangatahi group and what they have achieved. Please view and download the videos here.  Rangatahi suicide prevention videos

Māori Interviews

Māori Television show Mataora talking about the Waka Hourua programme with presenter, Tumamao Harawira and Dr Kahu McClintock from Te Rau Matatini.  This interview is a follow up invitation from the Waka Hourua Research Symposium by Māori Television to Dr Kahu McClintock, Waka Hourua Research Symposium Convenor in 7 July 2015. It consists of three sections: Part OnePart TwoPart Three.

To find out more about any of these initiatives, or to enrol in workforce training or get our support or resources please e-mail us [email protected].




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