Māori Suicide Prevention

Waka Hourua supports Māori whānau, hapū, iwi, Pasifika families and communities to develop and enhance their capacity and capability to prevent suicide and to respond safely and effectively when and if suicide occurs.

Waka Hourua is a partnership between Te Rau Matatini and national Pasifika non-government organisation, Le Va.

Waka Hourua has five key components. 

  1. National Leadership
    This is achieved by the National Leadership Group, Pasifika and Māori leaders who monitor the performance of the programme and provide a distinctive and informed voice for Māori and Pasifika suicide prevention. 
  2. Pasifika Community Suicide Prevention
    Le Va is the national coordination centre for Pasifika Community Suicide Prevention.
  3. Māori Community Suicide Prevention
    Te Rau Matatini is the national coordination centre for Māori Community Suicide Prevention.
  4. Community Fund
    A one-off contestable fund was provided to Māori and Pasifika families, whānau, hapū, iwi and communities to establish community based suicide prevention initiatives and effective community based responses when suicide has occurred. Evidence of the Community Fund can be found on www.wakahourua.co.nz This fund is no longer available.
  5. A Strategic Research Agenda
    A Strategic Research Agenda included a one-off funding pool that was allocated in April 2014 to contribute to the evidence base of what works for Māori and Pasifika.  Evidence of the four research projects can be found on www.wakahourua.co.nz. Funds are no longer available. The Research Agenda will be updated in 2018.

For more information please visit Waka Hourua.