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Te Hurihanga Trust collaboration with Kura Productions & KTR Consultancy)

Te Hurihanga Trust (collaboration with Kura Productions & KTR Consultancy)

This project - Hello Again - is a joint project with Te Hurihanga Trust - a kaupapa driven trust who did "Hiding behind the Green Screen" and Kura Productions Ltd - a successful television & film production company.

The objective was to make a feature documentary directed by Paora Joseph, that tells about the journey of five rangatahi dealing with the impact of suicide. The documentary and its teachings and learnings which will be made available on a website developed as a one-stop-shop for the project, providing access to culturally relevent education and training through wananga with specifically designed resources. Health professionals will be consulted throughout and all materials will be available for ongoing use and delivery of the project in communities throughout Aoteaora.

Using traditional and modern methods of programme delivery, Hello Again partnered with local healthcare providers in communities throughout Aotearoa to deliver the wānanga and online support that was adapted to encompass the unique characteristics of each of the communities it works in to ensure each community sees itself reflected in the resource.

The project focused on using the documentary as a catalyst to provide quality information and resources for whānau, hapū, iwi and frontline workers and increasing the accessibility to support services for those bereaved by suicide. The specific focus is on male suicide.  The Hello Again project empowered whānau, hapū and iwi to address suicide at a local level, building resilience by breaking down stigma associated to suicide, opening avenues for better and ongoing communication and creating greater links between community and health providers.

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