Te Ihi Ora Wānanga


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                                                                                                    Ki muri ki mua ka whakaora ai tou haere
                                                                                       Using the treasures of the past today, can keep you well.



Te Ihi Ora is a wānanga delivered by Te Rau Matatini as a proactive response alongside Māori to the challenging issue of suicide. 

The term ‘Te Ihi Ora’ represents the physical expression of the inner dialogue of self, and wānanga connects with people in their communities in varying ways.  The underlying philosophy of the wānanga is the exuberance of life, and assists people to address various challenges in the pursuit of wellness, and to tackle the situation associated with suicide. Whilst considering the range of mental health, addiction, social, economic and whanau challenges within peoples contexts.

These wānanga draw on an in-depth Te Ao Māori perspective to learning and strategy, informed and guided by mātauranga Māori and kaumātua and kuia kōrero, to prevent suicide.  The facilitation team, have experience in suicide prevention, mental health and addiction treatment with Māori.

The wānanga are free and available to frontline staff, and whānau who want to promote oranga Māori and learn more about protective factors to prevent suicide.






Ronald Baker (Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngai Tamanuhiri, Rongomaiwahine)
Ronald Baker is currently employed as kaumātua for Te Rau Matatini.
A registered psychiatric nurse of 35 years Ronald’s commitment has been to establishing and enhancing kaupapa Māori services and practice in several iwi rohe region.

Koromiko Richards (Ngāti Whatua, Hauraki)
Koromiko is the kuia for this programme, she brings expertise in developing Māori mental health services, education and community development.


Dates for 2018

All Wānanga are 9am to 3.30pm unless advertised otherwise.





24 January 2018  

Hiruharama Marae


26 January 2018

Waikanae Surf Lifesaving Club


2 February 2018

Scenic Hotel, Paihia


12 February 2018

Tui Ora, New Plymouth


6 March 2018

Horouta Marae, Porirua


20 March 2018

Te Toimairangi Marae


22 March 2018

Ngā Hau e Wha National Marae

Hawkes Bay

5-6 June 2018

Te Tai Whenua o Heretaunga


To register, please click on the location you would like to attend Te Ihi Ora Wānanga, which will link to an Eventbrite registration page. 


Please feel free to share to your networks whānau. If you wish to print Te Ihi Ora Wānanga flier please click here


For further information and registration please contact Vicki.



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