Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua is the Strategic Research Agenda for Māori and Pasifika Suicide Prevention. Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua provided a framework for the priority areas in a one-off research fund.
Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua helps to build the evidence base of what works for Māori whānau, hapū, iwi, Pasifika families and communities to prevent suicide. This work is being carried out through research by, with and for these groups.
Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua is driven by distinctive Māori and Pasifika priorities, aspirations, and values that are underpinned by the realities of Māori and Pasifika experience and world views.
Key Themes of Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua
Key themes for Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua were discussed at the Otago University symposium of Māori and Indigenous Suicide Prevention in Wellington on 10 February 2014, and at the Growing Pacific Solutions (GPS) conference in Auckland on 4 March 2014.
The Waka Hourua Leadership Group reviewed and endorsed the final Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua document. Also an online consulting process through the Waka Hourua website was used to develop Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua in March 2014.
Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua Māori and Pasifika Research Symposium
The first Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua Māori and Pasifika Research Symposium was held on 19-21st June 2015 at the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development, Ngaruawahia.
Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua Fund for Māori and Pasifika
Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua fund of up to $600,00 was made available in 2014. It provided opportunities for Māori whānau, hapū, iwi, Pasifika family, community groups and organisations to investigate a well-defined area of Māori and/or Pasifika health need or gain relevant to suicide prevention identified by the communities.
Māori and Pasifika Frameworks
Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua is consistent with the Ministry of Health’s He Korowai Oranga, Māori Health Strategy, and ‘Ala Mo’ui: Pathways to Pacific Health and Wellbeing 2010–2014 approaches. The aim of these policies is to improve Māori and Pasifika health outcomes.
Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua is also consistent with the Hauora/Oranga research theme of Vision Mātauranga - a Vote Research Science and Technology-wide policy framework. It is designed to unlock the innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people and Kato Fetu: Setting a Pacific Mental Health and Addiction Research Agenda Summary.
Expression of Interest
An Expression of Interest (EOI) funding round was held in May 2014, and five applicants were approved to proceed to the Full Application funding round in June 2014. Four applications were accepted and the Assessment Panel agreed each was worthy of funding.
Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua Document
A copy of the Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua document is available: