World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference

World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference


Being the Change

Connecting our people

This international event encouraged indigenous nations worldwide to gather and to validate our cultural norms and realities whilst looking at how we contribute to reducing suicide and its impacts on indigenous peoples.

In conjunction with the conference an indigenous youth summit was held. The aim of this event was to build indigenous youth champions so they would be bettr able to return back to their communities and lead positive changes from a youth perspective.

Turamarama ki te Ora

​In May 2015 Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao Trust hosted New Zealand's National Suicide Prevention Conference, Turamarama ki te Ora - 'Suicide Prevention Starts at Conception'.

A main area of focus for the National conference was on traditional Māori practices that support tamariki from conception to adulthood, and their importance in helping prevent suicide and suicidal behaviours.

After such a successful National Conference and much discussion with tribal leaders of Ngāti Pikiao, a decision was made to host the World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference here in Rotorua, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our Conference Logo

This logo featured throughout our Conference. It depicts the importance of each one of our whānau (families) to nurture and support our young and our future generations; to ensure resiliency; and to strengthen indigenous people across the world.

​The outer green elements represent the New Zealand flax plant or harakeke, which has been used by Māori for generations for its healing powers. The leaves of the plant grow in a formation of a whānau or family. The outer green leaves represent our grandparents (or tupuna), the two inside leaves are the parents or 'Matua' and the coloured centre is what we call the 'rito'. The rito represents our tamariki, our babies, and our future generations.

​The World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference, 'Turamarama ki te Ora' was about transforming indigenous communities, so that we as indigenous people can nurture today's youth and future generations not yet born.