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
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.
Funding for Rangatahi Suicide Prevention Initiatives
The Government has committed $10 million to Rangatahi Suicide Prevention since 2015. Thirty-eight organisations working directly with rangatahi Māori suicide prevention have been supported so far. Three broad focus areas are:
- growing rangatahi leadership – ensuring a by rangatahi for rangatahi approach that is tikanga Maori and whanau centre
- building local capacity and capability
- building evidence-based research and evaluation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Te Puni Kōkiri supporting Rangatahi Māori Suicide Prevention?
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 Ministry of Health does not have a specific strategy for dealing with rangatahi Māori suicide rates. Dedicated support from Te Puni Kōkiri fills the gap towards providing resources for rangatahi Māori suicide prevention.
How can suicide prevention organisations get support?
Contact your local Te Puni Kōkiri office.
How many organisations have received support to deliver rangatahi Māori suicide prevention initiatives?
Te Puni Kōkiri has supported 38 organisations to deliver rangatahi Māori suicide prevention initiatives.
How much has the Government committed to rangatahi Māori suicide prevention?
$10 million has been committed to rangatahi Māori suicide prevention since 2015. $2.1 million was committed from Budget 2015 for a two year period and in Budget 2017 a further $8 million has been committed for a four year period – 2017 to 2020.
What are the themes of the online resources and how were they chosen?
Four online resources (videos) have been developed by a group of rangatahi Māori, using their personal experiences. The group of rangatahi Māori chose four main themes.
#MāoriOra encourages strength and resilience and celebrates originality.
#TechTikanga addresses appropriate behaviour when using technology (social media, mobile phones, etc).
#SuicidePrevention encourages everyone to look, listen and ask – Are you OK?
# OutintheOpen encourages everyone to talk about how they are feeling to someone you trust.
Other Information about Suicide Prevention
To prevent suicide in New Zealand, it is vital that everyone – individuals, families, whānau, communities, employers, the media and government agencies – work together to promote protective factors and reduce risk factors known to influence suicide. No single initiative or organisation can prevent suicide on its own.
Ministry of Health
We recommend you review the information below from the Ministry of Health to gain a stronger and wider understanding on:
- Protective and risk factors for suicide
- Suicide rates in New Zealand
- Terms used in suicide prevention
Coronial Services of New Zealand
This website will give you an overview of what you can expect to happen when a death is referred to a coroner. The police must report every suspected suicide to the coroner.
Where to get help
- Lifeline: 0800 543 354
- Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865
Healthline – 0800 611 116
Youthline – 0800 376 633 or free text 234 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 or www.depression.org.nz
Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 (aimed at children up to 14 years of age; 4pm to 6pm weekdays)
Child Helpline – 0800 366 694 (aimed at children from 5 - 18 years of age; 9am - 7pm daily)
What’s Up – 0800 942 8787 (for 5-18 year olds; 1 pm to 11 pm) or www.whatsup.co.nz (7pm – 10pm)
Rural Support Trust – 0800 787 254
Alcohol Drug Helpline – 0800 787 797 or free text 8691
Samaritans – 0800 726 666 (for callers from the Lower North Island, Christchurch and West Coast) or 0800 211 211 (for callers from all other regions)
Casper – 0508 227737 (Community Action on Suicide Prevention Education and Research)
OUTLine NZ - 0800 688 5463 (This provides confidential telephone support for sexuality or gender identity issues)
You could also talk to your General Practioner (GP), local health professional or someone you trust.
Events and Updates
Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.
2018 World Indigenous Business Forum
A major international platform to showcase Māori business, engage Indigenous people in global economic discussions and leverage indigenous trade.
- Registration required
- Organiser: Te Ohu Whai Ao
Pūhoro STEM Academy - Equipping the leaders of tomorrow
“The type of environment we have at school doesn’t cater to my needs or disabilities, but when I’m here at Pūhoro it doesn’t matter because they have a culture of belonging. We’re engaged because we belong and that leads to success,” said Ella Cameron-Smith, who has been a part of the Pūhoro STEM Academy since its inception in 2016.
Future bright for Rangatahi Māori in STEM fields
Thanks to programmes like Pūhoro STEM Academy, rangatahi are rising above and beyond expectations and challenging negative stereotypes about Māori in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
“Not only are Pūhoro students disrupting the narrative regarding Māori student NCEA science achievement, but they are also trailblazers in their own whānau,” says director, Naomi Manu.
National Secondary Schools Kapa Haka Competition 2018
He Pouwhenua, He Puapua! This biennial event exemplifies excellence in Māori Performing Arts from the rangatahi of Aotearoa.
- Registration required
- Organiser: Manawatū Horowhenua Māori Teachers Incorporated
Developing Māori leaders in an emerging market on their own land
New Zealand Manuka Group is a medium-sized Whakatāne-based primary industry business operating in partnership with Māori land owners in the Bay of Plenty to produce manuka oil straight from manuka trees being grown on Māori owned land.