Our Kaupapa

Our Kaupapa


Increasing whānau resilience and awareness while reducing the high incidences of suicide

How we can help

Kia Piki Te Ora provides strategic and policy support for all age suicide prevention and mental health promotion covering Rotorua, Taupo, Turangi and Mangakino

The team is part of a nation-wide collective. The programme aims to increase whānau resilience and awareness whilst reducing the high incidences of suicide and suicidal behaviours which are impacting on Māori communities across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our Kaupapa

The following details our key goals and overarching kaupapa (vision):

  • To promote mental health and wellbeing for Māori
  • To reduce access to the means of suicide for Māori
  • To increase the safe reporting of suicide by the media
  • To contribute to improved mental health services for Māori

Our team has been involved in a range of areas including:

  • Co-ordinating and supporting a range of suicide prevention activities and events, for whānau, hapū, iwi and the community
  • Co-ordinating the first ever World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference and Youth Summit 2016
  • Co-ordinating the National Māori Suicide Prevention Conference 2015
  • Supporting bereaved whanau in the Lakes community, including supporting Heeni Morehu Launch her book - ‘The Tree of Life’
  • Supported ‘Cool to Kōrero with Mike King’
  • KPTO organised a series of community events in Rotorua, Taupō, and Reporoa. These events saw the Key to Life Charitable Trust’s ambassador, Mike King, deliver the Trust’s “Cool to Kōrero” programme in schools. Alongside this event were community engagements as well, whereby Dr Wallace Bain and Mike King delivered their talk on a “Coroner and a King.”
  • Work alongside rangatahi to create effective youth pathways to prevent youth suicide
  • Working with national, regional and local bodies, advising on Māori suicide prevention, prevention and post-vention

Need Help? You are not alone.

If you or one of your whānau is in distress or suicidal, encourage them to talk to someone - a partner, friend, whānau, kaumatua, community leader or doctor. For a list of people and organisations that can support you. Click here.