Traditional Systems Heal (Pukepoto : Northland)

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Te Whānau o Te Uri o Hina

Pukepoto : Northland

The Marae of Te Whānau o Te Uri o Hina celebrate carved pou, for their marae, in recognition of suicide prevention.

Involving a two-day wānanga with whānau, hapū and iwi, the coming together of the people was initiated to provide support for whānau impacted by suicide.

The coming together of iwi to wānanga is a traditional system that facilitates dealing with stress and distress, through support, love and togetherness.   Through the connection of people in a supportive environment, the potential for whānau to be able to move forward through hard times is increased.  Especially when there is the support of many.

With a focus on suicide prevention and postvention, this wānanga builds on ongoing discussions and enables open conversations amongst participants.   Activities included sports activities, wānanga and unveiling carved pou (to stand alongside their pou haki).

‘Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari ko taku toa, he toa takitini”.

*This whānau initiative is proudly supported by Te Au (and Te Rau Ora) through the Māori Suicide Prevention Fund (2020-2021).

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