Māori suicide rates are high in Aotearoa. Te Puni Kōkiri is working with other government agencies, expert groups and community organisations to reduce Māori suicide.
Māori Suicide Statistics
Suicide is a major issue that is of real concern to New Zealand whānau and their communities.
Every year approximately over 500 people, many of them Māori, take their own lives by suicide, affecting the lives of many others. These deaths are preventable.
The Chief Coroner releases national provisional suicide statistics each year to help suicide prevention efforts and initiatives undertaken by other agencies. More information can be found here; https://coronialservices.justice.govt.nz/suicide/.
Stories and Videos
Rangatahi Suicide Prevention Videos
A series of Rangatahi Suicide Prevention videos were produced recently by Skylight in collaboration with 186 rangatahi from seven different schools around Aotearoa. Skylight is an organization that specializes in support for those suffering from grief, loss and trauma. The videos were based on the theme ‘How do we support someone in mental distress?
Workshops were held over three-days at each school and focused on supporting rangatahi in learning about suicide prevention, wellbeing and resilience building. The stories focused on situations that rangatahi can sometimes experience that might lead to suicide attempts and they also identified effective support. The project also showed how the medium of film can be used to facilitate conversations in communities.
Māori suicide rates are high in Aotearoa. Te Puni Kōkiri is working with other government agencies, expert groups and community organisations to reduce Māori suicide. Read more about the way they are sharing prevention messages.
Events and Updates
Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.
Jus Action 2019 Conference
Just Action 2019, The Salvation Army’s social justice conference will be taking place next Tue 1 to Wed 2 Oct in Wellington
- Registration required
- Organiser: The Salvation Army Social Policy & Parliamentary Unit
Pae Aronui graduate excited for future
Ko Hikurangi te maunga, ko Waiapu te awa, ko Horouta te waka, ko Mangahanea te marae, ko Ngāti Porou to iwi, ko Walter Taingahue ahau.
Skills learned from Pae Aronui course saves participants' nana
Two rangatahi are extremely grateful to the tutors at Vertical Horizonz for the first aid and CPR skills that aided them to save their Nana’s life during a heart attack.
Investing in our future business leaders and entrepreneurs
Supported by Te Puni Kōkiri and run by Young Enterprise Trust, the Rangatahi Business Challenge is a fun and interactive 3-day introduction to business and enterprise for year 9-11 tauira.
Te Kuia Me Te Pūngāwerewere
A free children's theatre production performed entirely in te reo Māori.
- Open to the public, no booking required
- Organiser: Taki Rua