Topic: Health

Waka Hourua aim to reduce rate of suicide among Māori and PI people

By Numia Ponika-Rangi

Chair of Waka Hourua's Leadership Group, Professor Sir Mason Durie praised the joint efforts of Te Rau Matatini and Le Va in bringing communities together, and stressed the outcomes of the hui.

“The first of three outcomes for this hui is to reduce the rates of suicide among Māori and Pacific people, secondly to reduce the attempted suicide rates, and thirdly to ease the burden on those who have lost loved ones to suicide,” Durie explains.

The second guest speaker today was the Chair of Te Pou Matakana, the Whānau Ora Commissioning agency for North Island, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait.

She has responded to the invitation by "Waka Hourua" bringing with her the proverb of Te Pou Matakana, "Stand Tall, Stand Strong, Stand Vigilant".

“We want to make sure our whānau are participating fully in Te Ao Māori, and in their local community as well, that they're environment is nurturing and conducive to their growth, that they have the economic resources to be able to accept responsibility for themselves and that they can control their lives as well,” says Merepeka Raukawa Tait.

The vision is clear, the way forward is set for Te Waka Hourua Suicide Prevention, choose life!