Otara Boards' Forum Incorporated
The Otara Boards’ Forum Inc (OBF) was established in 1996 in response to the level of academic achievement of Otara students and recognised the importance and impact of successful outcomes for other students and their whanau. OBF is made up of Otara School Board of Trustees representatives who play a major leadership role within local schools, ECE’s and the community with strong links into Otara’s seventeen schools, three local Marae and the main Pasifika groups.
This Waka Hourua project, Hui Whetū, is a three-part programme that included:
- Inschool Programmes for five schools, reaching 1125 students, addressing issues of cultural identity, pride potential, healthy relationships. Topics included conflict management, self DAFence, self-esteem, cyber bullying, healthy relationships and social media.
- Family, Whānau and Community Hui will complement the in-school programmes, these were held in churches, schools and halls, addressing topics such as cyber bullying, self-esteem and included speakers from government organisations such as police, support agencies and YouthLine.
- Youth and Community Survey to provide evidence based information from both youth and the wider community in developing the strategy to inform and direct future projects relating to suicide prevention.
The three projects within Kāhui Whetū were to raise community awareness and elevate community response to suicide prevention by building resilience, positive cultural identity and leadership through in-school and community programmes to minimise the occurrence, harm and impact of suicide within the Otara community.