Waka Hourua

Te Hauora O Te Hiku O Te Ika (Initiative 1)

Te Hauora O Te Hiku O Te Ika (Initiative 1)

In 2012 nineteen young people under 25 years in Northland took their own lives. Of these fifteen were Māori. Rangatahi surveyed in Te Tai Tokerau believed they must develop their own ways to identify suicide risk and appropriate protective factors and link rangatahi with appropriate support. The rangatahi surveyed believe access to information, building communication skills and school-based prevention work was required to address suicide risk. 

This Waka Hourua project was a collaboration between rangatahi, whānau, community and iwi providers in Kaitaia and with Northland DHB.  A rangatahi informed programme, it assisted to educate and communicate suicide prevention programmes, enhance and promote proven resources and connect rangatahi, helping build resilient whānau, hapū and communities. 

The five key inter-related parts:

  • Build on the success of Matanui, a Theatre in Education performance and Drama in Education workshop through additional promotion and performances, recruiting rangatahi into health promotion, linking to other community programmes and further evaluating Matanui and the collaboration with the RAID Movement.
  • Establish a Kaitaia branch of The RAID Movement (rangatahi led activism) with the RAID Movement tūakana from Whangarei helping to develop a Kaitaia branch.  
  • Develop ‘Ngā piki me ngā heke’ – a memory aid for rangatahi to assess the interplay of what might be risk and protective factors and link with RAID Movement support.
  • Develop ‘Whakaronga ki ngā kare-ā-roto’ – a whānau communication tool to start the right conversation around suicidal thinking and planning.
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