Transforming Mental Health with Māori, by Māori, from Māori

About four years ago, Hauora Tairāwhiti (DHB), Te Kupenga Net Trust, Te Kurahuna and Pinnacle PHO collaborated developing a plan to deal with the inequity for Māori in mental health and addiction within Te Tairāwhiti.  A clear gap of mātauranga Māori in the sector emerged, and its application to healing, health and wellbeing.  The services worked together to create a workforce development intervention centred on Te Ao Māori and mātauranga Māori. 
Now known as Te Waharoa, the initiative is systemically institutionalising the Te Ao Māori mātauranga pathways that are getting amazing results.  In 2021, of the 6000 whānau that had engaged with them to date, only 6% had gone onto acute services.

Chief Executive Officer, Hine Moeke-Murray of Te Kupenga Net Trust leads Te Waharoa in Gisborne. Whāriki were privileged to interview her in three videos on the following topics, click links to watch:
  • Te Whakatau Kaupapa – the historical, cultural and contemporary rationale for the importance of kaupapa Māori services as a game changer in mental health and addiction for Māori. 
  • Te Whakatau o te tirohanga – the enablers, blocks and transformation that has occurred in health systems, hapori and with whānau.
  • Te mana o te whānau – how whānau can lead and be the decision makers in their whānau health and wellbeing.