Te Au celebrates 1000 whānau homes

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major milestone is reached with the Tiaki Whānau, Tiaki Ora programme.

Empowering whānau to support each other is the fundamental philosophy of the Tiaki Whānau, Tiaki Ora programme. The aptly named programme, Tiaki Whānau, Tiaki Ora (translated as: Protecting whānau, Protecting Life), began in 2018 as a strategy to build healthy whānau and in turn, help prevent suicide. The by whānau, for whānau approach to this programme, focusses on training Champions within ‘Whānau ’ who korero & utilise suicide prevention resource kits  to their own whānau.  With the desired outcome of whānau  improving their resilience and wellbeing.

When the Tiaki Whānau, Tiaki Ora programme was established, Te Au set their goal, for the kaupapa to reach into 1000 whānau homes.

Today we celebrate, with Te Au  in achieving the target of over 1000 homes.   We have met this milestone in  taking this kaupapa across the country, building Whānau Champion networks across communities.

 *This map shows the places that the Tiaki Whānau, Tiaki Ora Wānanga (Whānau Champion Training) have happened.

We know there is still much more work to do and many more homes to visit and support. Suicides continue to happen around the country and are having huge impacts on communities. It is easy to see the demand and need for continued suicide prevention help at the grassroots and community levels.  With our people in mind, we are driven to ensure  Tiaki Whānau, Tiaki Ora is able to be delivered into the future so that the resources can be delivered to many more homes in our communities.

The team at Te Au would like to thank our many different stakeholders, community partners, wānanga attendees and over 145 whānau champions. All of you have played a part in our success and the success of strengthening whānau and saving lives through this programme. We look forward to continuing to support existing and new whānau, with the next two Whānau Champion training happening in Kirikiriroa later this year.

*Photo Credit:  Benoir Midwood-Murray (Whānau Champion)

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