Waka Hourua

Ringa Atawhai Trust

Ringa Atawhai Trust

The Trust’s Waka Hourua Project is four marae-based suicide awareness workshops including resources, trained navigators and community mobilisation for suicide prevention.

The project built on existing marae-based initiatives that:

  • address suicide prevention through marae-based PATH Planning workshops, led by trained kaiarahi (navigators) where participants identify potential risk factors and develop their own suicide preventative measures,
  • connect the people and agencies with whom Ringa Atawhai Trust liaise and interact,
  • harness the skills and knowledge of influential people within communities to bring about change,
  • focus on Māori values to empower whānau to share without blame or guilt, and
  • build a culturally appropriate resource kit including the names, addresses and phone numbers of all key community support people, organisations and agencies.  


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