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Te Waiariki Purea Trust

Te Waiariki Purea Trust

This whānau project is underpinned by the tragic loss of one young man who took his own life after the death of his seventeen year old tuakana in a car accident. He was found in a shed of their marae as the extended whānau were preparing for the inaugural Ngāti Pikiao Kapa Haka Ahurei in July 2011. So the whānau began its journey, learning to recover, cope and accept.

 ‘Ko matou’ provided identity of those in need of support and reassurance. This is the name of the support group established and since 2011 its work has included:

  • national forums of suicide to offer non-clinical views of recovery and prevention.
  • submissions to Coronial services to be sensitive to requests of Māori families
  • Hui-a-hapu to start the discussions around the hapū needs of whānau bereaved and the safety of our rangatahi
  • a rangahau reflecting on our journey with grief
  • supporting the set up of the Children’s Team in Rotorua
  • recommendations to government and local support services to allow time for grieving families to process what has happened, and
  • support groups via social media to offer and receive words of reassurance for grieving families.

Ko Matou seeks to continue this work under the umbrella of Te Waiariki Purea Trust, Rotorua. 

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