Michael Naera - Preventing Māori suicide: Involving whānau and community
‘Turamarama ki te Ora’ SPINZ Webinar 19 February 2013 Presented by: Michael Naera
Mihi• Poroporoaki• Mana whenua• Ki a tātou katoa
Demystifying Common BeliefsSuicide is not:• Entrenched in tikanga Māori (Māori customs)• Normal for Māori• A result of one cause (internal, external & global)• WhakamomoriSuicide is:• Painfully shattering and globally spread• Singular but complex• Twice as likely to affect Māori than any other ethnic group in Aotearoa New Zealand
There is an assumption?Māori Suicide Prevention relies on:• hapū implementing tikanga and kawa• Hapori Māori connecting back to whakapapa, whenua, te reo and wairua• Service Providers identifying at risk individuals at each stage of the referral pathway• Government is contributing to Māori advancement
Lessons LearntRealities:• Differences between hapū• and hapori Māori
Lessons LearntRealities:• Service providers e.g. schools, health organisations, social services, Police, WINZ, Justice etc
Whakaoho Mauri “No matter how disconnected a person is, there is always someone who can connect back to hapū”Awakening the life essence of a person through the:• Protection of mana and;• Protection of wairua
Whakataukī “Kāre au i tutuki i a au”“And that’s why I am here today” Na: Te Ariki Morehu (2012)
GlossaryAotearoa – New ZealandHapori Māori – Māori communityKawa – tribal guiding principlesMana – IntegrityMana whenua – the guardians of the sacred landsMāori – Indigenous race of New ZealandMauri – Inner beingMihi ki a tātou katoa – greetings to everyonePoroporoaki – farewell to those who have passed onhapū – People of the land (tribal boundaries)Te Reo – Māori languageTikanga – Customs / protocolsTuramarama (ki te ora) – to give light to, to illuminate (back to wellbeing)Wairua – Spiritual beingWhakapapa – genealogyWhakamomori – Deep seated pain (often referred to as suicide)whkatāuki – Proverb
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