Ngā Kōmata-o-te-Rangi Hui gathered 200 kaimahi (workforce) and whānau Māori with experience in the mental health and addictions sector at Mangatoatoa Marae at Te Awamutu, hosted by Ngāti Maniapoto.
Ngā mihi ki Te Rōpū Tautoko O Waikato, Waikato DHB, Te Huinga O Ngā Pou Hauora and Te Rau Ora for their leadership on this kaupapa.
Participants tracked the development of clinical Māori responses to mental distress disproportionately experienced by whānau Māori; evaluated adapting western biomedical systems; and explored investment in Māori solutions grounded in a wholistic context of whānau needs.
Tā Mason Durie offers a glimpse into the future of Whānau Ora, and asks:
Is it possible? Is it probable? Is it desirable?
Tamati Pene heads a Waikato DHB recruitment initiative to excite Rangatahi Māori into the health sector
The hui was characterised by its whanaungatanga, straight talk and humour as it addressed the crisis.
Zac Makoare (Ngāti Kahūngunu descendant) works with youth at Te Taitimu Trust, commented:
“Suicide prevention is about showing Rangatahi (youth) how to pick watercress. If they take it home then they must also take responsibility for the waterway. That’s suicide prevention.”