Waka Hourua

Te Awanui Hauora Trust

Te Awanui Hauora Trust

Te Awanui Hauora Trust serves the Island communities of Matakana and Rangiwaea in Tauranga Moana, serving as a hub for community events, telehealth service, GP and Nurse clinics, providing health information and checks, appointments and transport, te reo classes, first aid after school and holiday programmes. Forty percent of the Island’s population is aged between 12 and 24 years, and 70% of the residents are low income with limited access to specialist services for whānau and few experiences for many of the rangatahi.

The Trust’s Waka Hourua project is a youth-focused programme that included wānanga, assessment, activities and suicide prevention messaging.

The purpose of the programme:

  • Promote positive suicide prevention messages in a relevant, meaningful way for rangatahi and whānau in our community
  • Provide a series of holistic, youth-focused, activity based wānanga over a year 
  • Complete entry assessment and tracking through the period, develop risk assessment and management plans where required
  • Build the capacity and capability of Māori whānau dealing with suicide risk, and
  • Provide an activity-based programme that maximises independence and builds leadership and resilience. 

The outcomes for rangatahi were to be a sense of contributing, belonging and connectedness in the community, confident in having choices and feeling positive and comfortable with their own identity.

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