Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua, the strategic research agenda for Māori and Pasifika suicide prevention has been updated. Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua II has its origins in the Waka Hourua research fund. Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua provided a framework for priority areas in Māori and Pasifika suicide prevention research, in order to build the evidence base of what works for Māori whānau, hapū, iwi, Pasifika families and communities.
In 2014, the key themes of the first version of Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua were discussed at the Otago University symposium of Māori and Indigenous Suicide Prevention in Wellington, and at the Growing Pacific Solutions (GPS) conference in Auckland. There was also online consultation, and the Waka Hourua Leadership Group reviewed and endorsed the final Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua document.
The development of Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua II builds on the first agenda as well as including priorities raised at the Global Indigenous Suicide Prevention, Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Symposium held by Otago University in Wellington on the 26th – 27th of February 2018. The Case for Re-framing Māori Suicide Prevention Research in Aotearoa/ New Zealand: Applying Lessons from Suicide Prevention (Lawson-Te Aho, 2017) provoked further thought. The final contribution involved an online consultation process post the Symposium conducted through the Te Rau Matatini website from March to May 2018.
A 5:1 ratio of Māori to Pasifika completed the online survey and results are embedded in the Scope of Research Priorities contained in the Second Agenda. It continues a framework for the strategic priority areas that will help to build the evidence base of what works for Māori whānau, hapū, iwi, Pasifika families and communities to prevent suicide, through research carried out by, with and for these groups.
The Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua II the strategic research agenda is available in the Te Rau Matatini Publications and Resources section of our website.
Lawson-Te Aho, K. (2017). The case for re-framing Māori suicide prevention research in Aotearoa/ New Zealand: Applying lessons from suicide prevention, Journal of Indigenous Research, 6(1), 1-16.