Rangatahi Suicide Prevention

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.

Removing raruraru

Te Taitimu Trust BIG CAMP 2019.

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Working together to build leaders

Te Taitimu Trust BIG CAMP 2019.

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Hawke’s Bay community join forces for rangatahi

Te Taitimu Trust BIG CAMP 2019.

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Growing Māori Leaders

Te Taitimu Trust BIG CAMP 2019.

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Tu Kaha Foundation partners with Te Puni Kōkiri to deliver values programme

Te Puni Kōkiri has partnered with Tu Kaha Foundation to deliver an educational values programme to rangatahi focusing on great decision-making and building resilient leaders through a purpose-built mobile classroom.

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Tu Kaha mobile classroom changing the lives of rangatahi

"It's a mobile classroom. People in Tikitiki or Tolaga Bay or Ruatoki can't come to us, but we can go to them," says Pera Te Amo (Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou), owner and director of Complete Siteworks Limited, and founder of the mobile classroom.

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Au.E! video

Building resilience, self-identity and leadership amongst rangatahi Māori.

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Rangatahi talk about suicide

Rangatahi Māori including takatāpui share their stories.

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Hawkes Bay rangatahi gather for rangatahi suicide prevention

Nearly 150 rangatahi from schools around the Hawkes Bay region attended the third Au.E! rangatahi suicide prevention conference at Pettigrew Green Arena in Napier in June.

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Talking suicide prevention with our rangatahi

Rangatahi from across the Wellington region gathered to talk about the topic of suicide and to show each other that support was out there.

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Te Kaha o te Rangatahi

Encouraging rangatahi to reach out and talk through the 12 week #talktome hip hop dance programme.

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#OutintheOpen

A video message to our rangatahi to talk about how you are feeling to someone you trust

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#MaoriOra

MāoriOra is the first video in a series of suicide prevention online resources. It encourages strength and resilience and celebrates originality.

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#TechTikanga

#TechTikanga is the second video in a series of suicide prevention online resources. It has a strong message about taking care when messaging each other, making posts and sharing images

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#SuicidePrevention

The third video in the series is #SuicidePrevention. It encourages everyone to look, listen and ask the question – Are you OK?

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Funding for Rangatahi Suicide Prevention Initiatives

This initiative focuses on three broad focus areas:

  • 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.

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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.

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:

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 talk@youthline.co.nz

  • 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)

  • The Lowdown – www.thelowdown.co.nz or free text 5626 or email team@thelowdown.co.nz (e-mails and text messages will be responded to between 12 noon and 12 midnight).

  • You could also talk to your General Practioner (GP), local health professional or someone you trust.

Ngā Kaupapa me ngā Pānui

Kua rārangi mai ngā kaupapa me ngā pānui ki raro iho nei.

  • Te Kuia Me Te Pūngāwerewere

    • Date: 05 September 2019
    • Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

    A free children's theatre production performed entirely in te reo Māori.

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    • Open to the public, no booking required
    • Organiser: Taki Rua
  • RARANGA TAHI 2019

    • Date: 05 September 2019
    • Time: 0900 – 1500

    Raranga Tahi is a fun filled day that calls upon the youth of Aotearoa to innovate ways on how to drive Māori language revitalisation in to the future.

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    • Registration required
    • Organiser: Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori
  • RARANGA TAHI 2019

    • Date: 29 August 2019
    • Time: 0900 – 1600

    Raranga Tahi is a fun filled day that calls upon the youth of Aotearoa to innovate ways on how to drive Māori language revitalisation in to the future.

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    • Registration required
    • Organiser: Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori
  • Murihiku Kohanga and Kura celebrate Matariki

    • Date: 13 August 2019

    Matariki has brought the kohanga reo of Murihiku, Gore and Mataura together with the region’s only kura kaupapa for the first time.

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  • New Zealand Biosecurity Awards 2019

    • Date: 18 June 2019 to 24 July 2019

    Entries now open for the 2019 NZ Biosecurity Awards

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    • Registration required
    • Organiser: Ministry for Primary Industries

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