Waka Hourua responds directly to the expectations of the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan. The four-year programme is a partnership between national Māori health workforce development organisation Te Rau Matatini and national Pacific non-government organisation, Le Va.
The Waka Hourua Community Fund is a one-off contestable fund of $2 million established to support community-based suicide intervention initiatives or projects.
Te Rau Matatini is leading the Māori Community Suicide Prevention programme. This programme will foster local leadership and support Māori whānau, hapū, iwi and communities to develop and implement whole-of-community suicide prevention plans.
Le Va is leading New Zealand’s first ever Pasifika Suicide Prevention programme that aims to build strong resilient Pasifika families and communities, address at risk groups within Pasifika communities and assist those Pasifika families who have been part of the impact of suicide.