Ngā hau e whā
From the managing editor
Returning to ancestral land can be a therapeutic process. That profound sense of connection and belonging that comes with communing with whenua that carries the footsteps of our ancestors.
The whenua is alive and breathing – it is part of our whakapapa, part of our past and our future. It has nurtured and fed generations of us. Today that very soil also continues to provide opportunities for employment, training, education and commerce.
At Kokourārata, the rūnanga has been able to create a commercial garden that is an outstanding example of cross-pollinating traditional Māori gardening practices with innovation, promising fertile growth for the future.
In this issue we also tell Jane Steven’s courageous and heartfelt account of her son Nicky’s death in 2015. Suicide, in particular youth suicide, is a blight upon indigenous communities across the Western world. The driving factors behind it may be numerous but one thing is certain: Māori, and in particular Māori youth, commit suicide at a greater rate than the rest of the population.
Jane and Nicky’s story highlights the devastating and lasting impact of suicide on families and communities struggling to come to terms with their loss and the searching for answers.
There is much debate on whether the government is providing adequate support around mental health care and in particular whether there exists the cultural competency to provide tailored care to our Māori communities. However, at the end of the day, government is not a solution in and of itself and it is imperative that whānau and hapū provide a supportive, caring and nurturing environment, where people who are going through difficult times and psychological turmoil, feel confident in asking for help.
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Issue 70 published June 2016
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ISSN N0. 1173/6011
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Tautahi with his father Huikai and tupuna, Tūhaitara, represented in pouwhenua carved by Caleb Robinson. Photo by Madison Henry.