This research is being funded by the Te Rau Matatini.
He Waipuna Koropupu is a Kaupapa Maori research project that seeks to address the ‘silence’ that exists in relation to Taranaki suicide. Qualitative in nature, the data collected for analysis will be obtained from Taranaki whanau through participant interviews and Hapu Hui. Whanau experiences of suicide, behavioural patterns, warning signs, cultural and social systems will be explored. Complemented by an investigation into the core cultural values and attitudes towards suicide; metaphorical thoughts and directions contained within Taranaki purakau and whakatauki ‘promoting and sustaining’ life – that will draw together Taranaki Matauranga.