Waka Hourua Community Initiative: Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau

by Jade Sewell


In 2010/2011 Kawerau was a community in crises as a result of a series of 13 suicides during that year. Since then Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau Health Education and Social Services (Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau) has been the lead organisation overseeing the development and implementation of the Kawerau Suicide Prevention Action Plan (KSPAP). The core goals of this initiative are communication, collaboration, education, coordination and whānau participation. Since the implementation of these developments the suicide rates have shifted from 13 – 0. To continue leverage off these developments Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau completed the following four suicide prevention and intervention projects.

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ISBNISBN: 978-1-98-850129-1 (Electronic)ISBN: 978-1-98-850130-7 (Print)
CITATIONCitation: Sewell, J. (2016). Waka Hourua Community Initiative: Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Kīwai Rangahau, Te Rau Matatini