National Waka Hourua Māori Suicide Prevention Research Symposium

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The National Waka Hourua Māori Suicide Prevention Research Symposium was hosted by Te Rau Ora at Te Wharewaka (Pōneke), on Monday 4th March 2019. The kaupapa for the Symposium was Rangatahi focused, promoting Grounded in the Past  Strengthened in the Future. Presenters included both experienced and emerging Māori researchers who spoke of Māori health workforce, wellness, cultural identity, resilience, resistance, hope, and the support for takatāpuhi.


Presenters included:

Dr Kahu McClintock (Waka Hourua Research Lead)

Dr Keri Lawson-Te Aho (Otago University)

Associate Professor Terry-Ann Clarke (Auckland University)

Dr Amohia Boulton (Whakauae Research for Māori Health & Development)

Cindy Mokomoko (Te Puna Hauora , Bay of Plenty)

Eugene Davis (Te Ahurei a Rangatahi, Kirikiriroa)

Dr Tahlia Kingi (Queen Elizabeth Health, Rotorua)

Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho & Izzy Te Aho White (Them, Their and They)

Piripi Mackie and Siobhan Grey (Whaea and Rumble)


Video clips of all presenters will be loaded to Te Au website to view in the very near future. A Key Message document compiled by the presenters with thoughts regarding the future will soon be published and distributed.

Te Rau Ora Te Ipu Whakahauaa database is also richer from the generosity of the presenters who gifted close to 100 articles to help our kaupapa and provide our wider whānau with access to this valuable knowledge.

An announcement was also made at the Symposium to our whānau to submit to Te Rau Ora, Indigenous Journal of Wellbeing Te Mauri Pimatisiwin Special Suicide Prevention Issue with a planned release in September 2019. More kōrero regarding this development will be released soon.

Ko Te Rau Ora tēnei e mihi ana  ki ngā kaikōrero i tū kaha i taua rangi! Ngā Manaakitanga