Indigenous-based Suicide Intervention

Our Team

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Kiritahi Firmin – Chief Executive

Ko Aotea te waka

Ko Ruapehu te maunga,  Whanganui te Awa,

Ko Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi  te Iwi,

Ko Nga Paerangi te hapu,

Ko Kaiwhaiki te marae,

Ko Kiritahi Firmin ahau

A close friend of mine chose to end her life by suicide, leaving her children, family and friends forever affected by her decision. We all were lost and left wondering why we didn’t know she was suicidal and blamed ourselves for not being there. We didn’t have the tools to identify the signs and signals of someone suicidal and were all bought up not to talk about such a ‘tapu’ subject.

I decided to make a difference!

And so for the last few years I’ve worked under the radar helping to share suicide first aid skills to whanau and community groups.

Kimiora for me was a simple and whanau ora based approach to arming whanau with tangible suicide first aid skills using our tikanga.

My program teaches culturally appropriate whanau ora strategies to help identify the signs and signals of someone at real risk of suicide, creating a safe plan with them, and then reconnecting them to whanau.

Ive been an ASIST and Safetalk facilitator for Living Works International, which is a intervention training program and Ive also written another Indigenous focused program called ‘Kimiora’ as a recognized tikanga Maori suicide lifesaver model.

 

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Rongomaitawhiri Ah-Ching Kimiora Youth Facilitator

Ko Aotea te waka

Ko Ruapehu te maunga,  Whanganui te Awa,

Ko Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi  te Iwi,

Ko Nga Paerangi te hapu,

Ko Kaiwhaiki te marae

Ko Rongmaiawhiri Ah-Ching ahau

My name is Rongomaitawhiri, and I am from Kaiwhaiki Marae on the Whanganui river, Ngati Maniapoto, and Samoan. I have been a part of Kimiora Trust since its beginnings, and am a certified Kimiora suicide intervention youth facilitator.

I am studying psychology at Massey University and want to use these skills and my marae upbringing experiences to help other youth and keep our whanau safe from suicide.

What I particularly love is when we go into our kura kaupapa and facilitate in our reo, because our tikanga and our reo encourage our rangatahi to understand who they are and the true fact that we are our tomorrows leaders.

I am proud to mention that I coordinated and facilitated Aotearoa’s first ever rangatahi suicide prevention conference at Ratana Pa in October 2015. This movement has created strong networks with rangatahi around the motu and the world.

Naku noa

Rongo

 

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Pikiteora Takiari-Toro – PA to Chief Executive

 

Ko Aotea te waka

Ko Ruapehu te maunga,  Whanganui te Awa,

Ko Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi  te Iwi,

Ko Nga Paerangi te hapu,

Ko Kaiwhaiki te marae

Ko Pikiteora Takiari-Toro ahau

Kiaora koutou, my name is Pikiteora, im from Kaiwhaiki Marae on my mums side and Taranaki, Ngati Apa on my dads. I’ve been a part of Kimiora Trust from its beginnings too and have helped to provide administration and logistical support to the programs and wananga. This is an important role in the team,  because we always strive to ensure that Kimiora programs are professional and of a high quality and standard.

We focus lots on our tikanga and te reo in our programs as well.  Im being mentored to one day lead the Trust into the future so that our legacy to help women and whanau continues to provide manaakitanga to whanau in need.

Naku na

Pikiteora

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Mauriora Tawaroa-Takiari – Kimiora Youth Facilitator

Ko Aotea te waka

Ko Ruapehu te maunga,  Whanganui te Awa,

Ko Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi  te Iwi,

Ko Nga Paerangi te hapu,

Ko Kaiwhaiki te marae

Ko Mauriora Tawaroa-Takiari ahau

Im Mauriora, and am  a certified Kimiora youth trainer teaching suicide intervention to rangatahi around the country. Over this time a major issue I have experienced has been addressing how communities support indigenous youth leadership.

Because of the initiatives I have lead and coordinated I believe that I have established very strong networks around the country through Kimiora Trust to help solve this problem.

In October 2015, I co-lead and co-coordinated NZ’s first ever national youth suicide prevention conference at Ratana Pa, Whanganui. The outcomes of this conference clearly suggested more youth by youth initiatives within our communities. Over the past 6 months I have played a major part in the development of the World Indigenous Youth Summit being held in Rotorua from the 1-3rd of June. I am a key note speaker at this conference to discuss how we can start actualizing how our communities can support indigenous youth leadership.

Im studying Commerce at Victoria University so I can help to lead the management and strategic vision of Kimiora into the future.

It’s time for change, and im proud to be part of the Kimiora Team.