Last year, we had the opportunity to support 74 Māori community suicide prevention initiatives that were implemented across Aotearoa to enhance whānau , hapū , iwi and communities. In our examination of all the initiatives, we identified nine key enablers that aided in their success. These included:
- Commissioning the funds directly to Māori
- Māori designing and inspiring the initiatives
- Māori ownership of and control over decision making
- Embedding Māori culture, te reo me ona tikanga
- Harnessing Māori knowledge of history and context from whānau, hapū, iwi and community perspectives
- Māori leading and implemented their own projects and programmes
- Building Māori capacity through trusted relationships with people
- Promoting Māori developmental approaches.
- Keeping the implementation timelines flexible whilst providing support as needed.