Waka Hourua Community Initiative: Ngāti Kahunungu ki Wairarapa

by Angus Elkington


Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Charitable Trust (NKKW) (http://www.kahungunu.iwi.nz/kahungunu-ki-wairarapa) has long observed the impact of suicide experienced by many whānau and families in the Wairarapa. In response to these tragedies NKKW brought together whānau and community services in 2014, to form Te Kupenga ō Wairarapa (TKW); a rōpū (group) that is very passionate about making a difference in the lives of whānau, hapū, iwi and community.

The funding from the Waka Hourua Community Fund allowed TKW to operationalise and implement the Wairarapa Whānau Education and Awareness Action Plan 2014 – 2016. TKW believes there is a need to have a suicide prevention plan in place that includes access to:

Suicide prevention training and education;

  • Resources and awareness of risk factors;
  • To provide rangatahi a place where they can be heard;
  • Bereaved whānau to kōrero (talk);•Services to advise what they can do; and
  • People to have a say on how they’d like to support suicide prevention planning and pathways.

Publication Details

ISBN978-1-98-850127-7 (Electronic), 978-1-98-850128-4 (Print)
CITATIONElkington, A. (2016). Waka Hourua Community Initiative: Ngāti Kahunungu ki Wairarapa. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Kīwai Rangahau, Te Rau Matatini.