Takerei Ruha Whānau Trust
The Takarei Ruha Whānau Trust Whānau Ora Wānanga 2014, is the first completed Māori community initiative funded by Te Rau Matatini through the Waka Hourua Māori and Pasifika Suicide Prevention programme.
The Trust provided 56 whānau members with the opportunity to discuss and develop individual whānau plans through the scheduled Whānau 4 Life and Whānau Ora wānanga. Activities were programmed that encouraged whānau members to discuss and identify trusted “go to people” both internal and external to the whānau.
These “go to people” provided support to help prevent suicide, inclusive of cultural support in terms of rebuilding of whānau and contributing to identity. These supports include peers, other whānau members as well as kaumātua in regards to whānau whakapapa (genealogy) and tikanga (customs) connection, and tohunga (traditional healers). A safe social environment to share stories and access information about suicide was viewed as seminal.
Whānau spoke about the wānanga being “an amazing way to bring whānau together, build trust within whānau and a massive way to learn all about yourself, your roots, your extended whānau”.
Te Rau Matatini would like to acknowledge the Takarei Ruha Whānau Trust for their commitment to their whānau. The inspiration and guidance offered by their Whānau Ora Wānanga 2014 initiative will provide an original template for other whānau interested in building resilience and preventing suicide.