He Waipuna Koropupū

by Ngaropi Cameron, Leonie Pihama, Jocelyn Millard & Awhina Cameron


A literature review has been undertaken in two distinct phases: the first, at the time of proposal submission and the second to provide an overview of the critical and authored literature, agency resources and Action Plans supporting suicide prevention in the Taranaki community. In the first instance, key national health documents informed phase one, primarily: ‘The New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006-2016’, ‘Te Whakauruora’ (Ihimaera & MacDonald 2009) and the ‘Key Messages, Waka Hourua Māori and Pasifika Suicide Prevention Research Symposium’(McClintoch,K., McClintock, R. & Sewell 2015). All concur, that suicide and suicidal behaviours are a major public health issue across New Zealand; with on average 500 people taking their lives annually and 2,500 admitted to hospital because of intentional self-harm. Secondly; that suicide is an ethnically disproportionate issue and suicide prevention is complex and challenging requiring a multi-faceted and diverse range of responses. Another key theme in the literature is the link between hauora and whānau ora. All acknowledge the importance of Māori concepts of health and whānau ora to address Māori disparities in the rates of suicidal behaviours. The use of culturally responsive frameworks to address suicide prevention issues can be found in ‘He Korowai Oranga, Kia piki to ora o te Taitamariki’ (the Māori-specific component of New Zealand Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006-2016).

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ISBNISBN: 978-0-473-40961-6