Manaaki Ora is a suite of wānanga developed as a way for addressing Māori suicide. There are four wānanga that we offer as solutions to ora.

Tangata Ihi

  • Pre-requisite.
  • Through a Māori lens.
  • Introduction to Māori ways of working in health and wellness.

Manaaki Tangata

  • Foundation.
  • Māori Practices.
  • Fundamental values and processes for working with Māori Whānau.

Te Ihi Ora

  • Professional Practice.
  • Planning for Whānau wellness.
  • Implementing Māori processes to meet needs of Whānau Māori.

Mihi Whakaora

  • Postvention.
  • Working with Whānau in grief.
  • Māori approaches to working through grief.

Cultural Training for Health Professional & Whānau.

Manaaki Ora is a suite of wānanga developed as a way of addressing Māori Suicide. Each wānanga is tailored to exploring and broadening one’s understanding of Māori approaches to working with whānau, individuals and community groups who are Māori. We hope that as you progress through the programme you will gain an understanding of the importance and value of a Māori world view to prevent suicide and self-harm and what you can do to improve the wellbeing of others.

Who is it for?

Manaaki Ora is for anyone 18 years or older who work with Māori. Especially those who work in non-government organisations, community-based groups, Hauora providers, iwi, marae and whānau champions.

If you are interested in working more positively and effectively with Māori or want to promote Māori health and wellbeing as well as learn more about kaupapa Māori approaches to utilising protective factors in preventing suicide, than Manaaki Ora is for you.

There is no charge to complete this programme. However, enrolment using the link below is necessary to ensure you have access to everything that is available.


Tangata Ihi is an online introduction course that provides a broad foundational understanding of a Māori world perspective.

Please note:  This is a pre-requisite course for the Manaaki Tangata and Te Ihi Ora wānanga.

Q. What will be covered in Tangata Ihi?

Tangata Ihi allows you to engage with and consider some aspects that are important to Māori.  The topics covered are just some of the concepts that will be explored in more depth in the face to face wānanga.

This online wananga prepares participants to attend the face to face wānanga so that they have a foundation of understanding for the topics that will be covered in the Manaaki Ora Wānanga.

Q. What is in the course?

There are five short videos (ranging from 2 to 5 minutes) to watch with a set of questions to answer. You only need to complete the module successfully once to.

Q. How long will it take?

It will take between 30 minutes to 2 hours (depending on prior knowledge). If you don’t have that much time, don’t fret, you can always exit the module and return at another time to carry on from where you stopped.

Q. How do I sign up?

You can begin the module by clicking on the link below.


Manaaki Tangata is a one-day wānanga that presents a Māori model of practice, highlighting fundamental aspects important for Maori wellness and interactions.

What will be covered?

  • This one day wānanga covers knowledge and skills from a Te Ao Māori framework, to have an understanding around working with Māori whānanu and utilising early intervention strategies (to prevent crises such as self-harm and suicide) through practices that promote oranga (wellbeing) for whānau.
  • There is no cost to attend however, you will need to complete the Tangata Ihi introductory course first, to prepare you for the wānanga.
  • A basic level of Te Reo Māori is recommended.


Te Ihi Ora is a one-day wānanga that provides an exploration of important concepts and practices from kaumātua korero, encouraging participants to evaluate concepts within their own professional practice. Te Ihi Ora is a proactive response to challenging the issue of suicide for Māori. Wānanga are delivered in a bi-lingual format, therefore (although not essential) previous knowledge in Te Reo Māori would be an advantage.

What will be covered?

  • This wānanga builds on a Māori framework for working in a pre and post-vention space with mental health, self-harm and suicide issues.
  • This wānanga draws on an in-depth Te Ao Māori methodology, from kaumātua kōrero, for working with people effected by suicide or at risk of suicide.  The facilitation team have experience in suicide prevention, mental health and addiction treatment and have years of experience working with whānau Māori.
  • A basic level of Te Reo Māori is recommended.


Mihi Whakaora Wānanga

Mihi Whakaora is a one-day wānanga exploring four core aspects of tangihanga, drawing from kaumātua knowledge systems. This provides a Māori framework that is important when working through grief, especially for whānau Māori affected by Suicide.

Who is it for?

Māori communities, Māori health and social services workforce.


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