The Manaaki Tangata programme has been developed to address suicide by utilising a kaupapa Māori approach to working with whānau in the prevention of suicide. The wānanga style approach to the Manaaki Tangata programme is aimed at health practitioners and people working with whanau Māori, to help them develop a kaupapa Maori approach to understanding distress from an early intervention perspective, and to prevent suicide amongst whānau Māori.
The new Manaaki Tangata logo (shown above) has been created based on the concept put forward by our kaumatua Ron Baker (Te Ihi Ora). The concept depicts the hands of the poupou (carved wall figure) wrapping around the tinana (body) of the poupou in a caring embrace. The negative space in between the fingers represent the stages of life and the never-ending flow of energy as we undertake our daily activities. Each finger, while relating to ‘Ngā Kete o te Mātauranga’ (baskets of knowledge) and the on-going search for knowledge and enlightenment, also reflects key areas of the Manaaki Tangata programme that are integral to a Māori philosophical framework for caring for our whānau to prevent suicide and self-harm. The red representing Papatūānuku (mother earth) and the green being the realm of Tānemahuta (god of forests and birds), holding up the sky. Te Ira Tangata (humans) co-existing between these two realms in Te Ao Mārama (world of life and light).
On Thursday the 28th of July, the first delivery of the Manaaki Tangata Programme happened in Tokoroa to a group that consisted of a range of people working with whānau Māori in different areas of the community (including Health staff, managers, education, and a local police officer). From a kaupapa Māori framework, Regan Balzer (Te Pou Auaha: Creative delivery & enhancement within Te Au team) developed the programme for the first wānanga and facilitated the day alongside Tio Sewell (Te Waka Hourua Lead).
A lot of information was covered throughout the day. The feedback from the day was hugely positive, with the Māori participants feeling empowered and affirmed to see a Māori worldview approach to working with whānau. Many attendees are looking forward to additional wānanga or for the ‘next step’ to the process.
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