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Māori and Indigenous Suicide Prevention Symposium (Monday 10 February, 2014) to be deleted

Māori and Indigenous Suicide Prevention Symposium examines Māori/Indigenous specific approaches to suicide prevention focusing on case studies in prevention such as whānau as the first response in Māori/indigenous communities; Māori/indigenous cultural and clinical interventions; iwi self determination, Māori community development and the application of web based technologies.

Topics covered

  • Current thinking about the best approaches to prevention
  • Case studies of exemplary action in suicide prevention
    • The role of whānau, hapū and iwi in suicide prevention
    • Integrating culture into clinical interventions and clinical practices into cultural interventions
    • Indigenous community development
    • Activism and self determination
    • Rangatahi development and activism for suicide prevention
  • Pathways forward

Style of course

Symposium - multi-speaker presentations and panel discussions in a lecture theatre setting

Who should attend

This course has been designed by Māori and indigenous public health and suicide prevention practitioners who have specialised knowledge and track records in Māori and indigenous suicide prevention in their own communities and nations. Indigenous practitioners from Australia; the Pacific and the United States will present alongside locally based Māori suicide prevention practitioners, clinicians and researchers in a collaborative approach to finding answers to suicide in indigenous communities. This course will be of interest to people working in suicide prevention in their communities; whānau, hapū and iwi; Government and NGO sectors, youth workers, school teachers, social workers, community activists and anyone with an interest in Māori and indigenous suicide prevention. Māori, Pacific and Indigenous youth will be involved in the afternoon panel session. There will be opportunities for those with a vested interest in Māori and indigenous youth to network with each other.


Venue: Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington Waterfront

8:30amMihi Whakatau: Mr Taku Parai, Ngāti Toa, Dr Te Huirangi Waikerepuru, Te Atiawa Taranaki Whānui, Ngāpuh
8:50amOpening of the Symposium: His Excellency the Governor General of New Zealand, Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae with Lady Janine Mateparae
8:55amWelcome to the University of Otago Symposium: Professor Sunny Collings, Dean of the Medical School, Dr Keri Lawson-Te Aho (Convenor)/Mr Pahia Turia (Facilitator)

Opening address: Honourable Tariana Turia, Minister for Whānau Ora                                                           

Launch of Waka Hourua - National Māori and Pasifika Suicide Prevention Programme and Community Fund: Honourable Tariana Turia, Professor Sir Mason Durie and Dr Francis Agnew (Te Rau Matatini and Le Va)

9:30amKeynote address: Mr Moana Jackson, (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou)
10:00amMorning break


Keynote address: Associate Professor Honourable Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, QSO, Assistant Vice Chancellor (Pasifika), Victoria University of Wellington


Keynote address: Mr Normand D’Aragon (First Nations, Canada)

11:20amKaumatua Panel: Wairua, History and Suicide Prevention – Chair, Professor Sir Mason Durie

Dr Te Huirangi Waikerepuru (Ngāpuhi, Taranaki Whānui), Mr Te Āriki Morehu QSM,
(Te Arawa); Moe Milne (Ngāti Hine), Mr Tihema Hamiora Ripi, QSM (Te Whare Tapu O Ngapuhi, Ngāti Whatua, Ngāi Takoto)


Lunch break - screening Te Ara Wairua – Tahangawari Tangitu-Huata’s story

1:00pmKeynote: Associate Professor Jacque Gray (Choctaw, Cherokee, United States)
1:35pmIndigenous suicide prevention – Chair, Dr Eduardo Duran

Mr Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann (Samoa); Dr Keri Lawson-Te Aho (Māori)

2:15pmWhānau, hapū, iwi panel: Māori suicide prevention– Activism, community action and self- determination – Chair TBC

Moe Milne (Te Taitokerau); Mapihi Raharuhi and Michael Naera, Kia Piki te Ora; Te Arawa (Ngāti Pikiao); Michelle Elliot, Emma Kutia, Peta Ruha (Kawerau)

3:00pmAfternoon tea


Māori and indigenous youth panel Hopefulness in pictures – Mr Zac Makoare, Mr Luke Rowe, Miss Samantha Jackson and the Te Taitimu Future Group, Heretaunga, Hastings

4:15pmClinical Panel - Q & A session: Integration or separation? - Culture and Clinical practice – what works? – Chair, Clive Banks

Dr Francis Agnew (Psychiatrist) Ms Moe Milne (Consultant Clinician); Dr Matt Shepherd (Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer), Ms Peta Ruha (Clinician)
5:00pmMāori and Indigenous research panel – Q & A session: establishing priorities in Maori, Pasifika and Indigenous suicide prevention research - Chair, Dr Kathie Irwin
Associate Professor Jacque Gray; Dr Kahu McClintock; Dr Lynne Russell; Dr Jemima Tiatia-Seath, Associate Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora

Summary - Dr Keri Lawson-Te Aho and Mr Pahia Turia

Closing Karakia

6:00pmLight Supper – Entertainment
6:30pmEvening Keynote - Dr Eduardo Duran (Tewa, Apache, Lakota, Great Turtle Island, United States)

Healing the Soul Wound: Working with Historical Trauma in Indigenous communities – the critical role of indigenous para-professionals

7:30pmClosing American Indian ceremony (Dr Eduardo Duran)

Teaching staff

keri_lawson_profileDr Keri Lawson-Te Aho is the only full time Māori Public Health Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Otago, Wellington. She has more than 30 years’ experience in Māori Public Health from policy development, through to intervention and programme design. She also has extensive experience in whānau, hapū and iwi development, having worked for a number of iwi in framing and formalising healthcare responses. Keri was a Research Fellow with the East West Center in Hawai'i in 1995 and completed research placements in Indigenous Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Medical School, Indian Health Services, Rockville Maryland, and the Native American Research and Training Center at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Her interests are in the areas of Indigenous self-determination and development, historical trauma and healing and Māori suicide prevention. See Keri's PhD here.

summer_school_speaker-1Dr Jacqueline Gray is from Oklahoma and is Choctaw and Cherokee. Dr. Gray is a research associate professor and the associate director of indigenous programs at the Center for Rural Health and the Department of Pathology at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr Gray directs the Seven Generations Center of Excellence in Native Behavioral Health (SGCoE) and the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI). She works with the National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Outreach Partnership, Rural Psychology and Integrated Care and the UND American Indian Health Research Conference. Gray also directs the Native Research Health Team and mentors over 25 Native students on research in Indian Country. Dr Gray developed a school based suicide prevention programme for Native American youth and recently presented at the 65th Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association on suicide prevention in rural communities. Dr Gray has a number of publications and the website link for information about her research is

summer_school_speaker-2Dr. Eduardo Duran has been working as a clinical psychologist for over two decades. Much of his clinical and research work has concentrated on working with the legacy of historical trauma in indigenous communities. Historical trauma is the trauma that occurs in families and is then passed on to the following generation unless the trauma or soul wounding is dealt with. Through that process he has learned that wounding of the spirit has been endured by most people in the world and the lessons learned from this work is relevant to most people presenting with therapeutic issues. Dr. Duran has extensive experience in all aspects of psychotherapy. His practice over the years has been based on working with clients from their needs and gives them choices as to the methods that they may feel most comfortable with. Dr. Duran has served as a professor of psychology in several graduate settings and continues to teach, and lecture in community settings all over the world. He is author of Healing the Soul Wound; Counselling with Native Peoples. Dr Duran’s ideas can be viewed on his website Dr Duran is currently a Principal Advisor for Te Atawhai o te Ao, the Historical Trauma Research Programme in Whanganui, New Zealand.

summer_school_speaker-3Normand D’Aragon, is a First Nations Psychologist from Canada. He is Co-Founder and Director of the First Nations and Inuit Suicide Prevention Association of Quebec. He has been a registered psychologist since 1983 and works as a psychotherapist with couples, families and individuals and as a professional trainer for community workers. Normand is a Director of the Native Mental Health Association of Canada and was recently honored by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention for his involvement in Dialogue for Life and his extensive work in suicide prevention in communities across Canada. In 2010, Normand was a keynote speaker at the SPINZ (Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand) symposium. His address from that symposium can be viewed on

Course cost

**This course is now full**

$300 early bird, $400 after 20 December 2013.

A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.

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