Waka Hourua

Te Manu Toroa

Te Manu Toroa

Young Māori and Pacific people in Tauranga and Te Puke areas using music and martial arts to help cope with difficult situations they experience in life, helping them to be resilient and better prepared for the transition to adulthood.

The Manu Toroa initiative to Suicide Prevention in the Western Bay of Plenty encompasses a two tiered approach working with at risk youth (rangatahi) to build resilience and emotional competency through the medium of music, and martial arts.  Within this approach rangatahi choose their medium of choice to build skills in music appreciation, self-defence to develop their emotional resilience, and confidence to better understand themselves to be positive leaders.

Supported by the Waka Hourua Fund, this project innovation encompassing ‘BOOM’ (Blast Out Our Music) music therapy programme, and ‘T.A.P’ (Tika, Aroha, Pono) Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Martial Arts therapy programmes designed to fit specifically with the young person to build emotional resilience, and understanding of the effects, as well as the impacts of suicide in our community. 

During the 12 week programme rangatahi are instructed in their medium of choice - how to play a musical instrument, to produce music and to sing in a band of peers accumulating in a community performance, as well as training in the art of Brazilian Ju Jitzu.

Emotional resilience training is integral to the implementation of both programmes delivered in modular style, which is encouraged and supported by Te Manu Toroa, as well as clinical team staff who oversee the programme.  

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