Suicide Prevention Symposium 2019

IT STARTS WITH ME! - Ko au te timatanga.

Communities coming together to create change in preventing our loved ones taking their lives.

Friday 30th August 2019 9.30am - 3.30pm

Celebration Centre, 81 Bickerton Street, Aranui, Christchurch

Symposium Details

Suicide Prevention Symposium 2019
It starts with me!  Ko au te timatanga!
Together we can contribute and support the wellbeing of our communities through our own actions.  

Its starts with me is about taking resposnibility of the things we can control within our environment (me).  Equipping ourselves with knowledge to support someone who is having a hard time with their happy and knowing how we can strengthen our own happy through simple mindfulness techniques and knowledge of the support systems that exist in our communities.

Friday the 30th August we all gather together and hear from our guests speakers, Ezekial Raui, Daisy Timo and Sam O Sullivan.  You will also get to take part in mindfulness activities which include a session from Sam O'Sullivan, Mau Rakau and Poi/Ti Rakau making.  Make sure you register now spaces are limited to 800!

Sam OSullivan 2019 200 Sam O'Sullivan

Sam O’Sullivan, Clinical Psychologist began his career in a dark corner at the bottom of the "mental health cliff" - a regional rehabilitation service in Porirua. It was in that place that he grasped a social understanding of our disproportionately high rate of male suicide. He spent the last two years travelling Aotearoa in his van and producing a documentary series focused on men’s wellbeing, called Tough Talk. He speaks of his struggles and insights from the journey and emphasises the importance of empowering and equipping communities to support our people. 

Ezekiel Raui page Ezekiel Raui

Ko Mātai te Maunga Tapu
Ko Hokianga te Moana-Nui
Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua me Māmari ōku Waka
Ko Ruanui raua ko Nukutawhiti ōku Rangatira
Ko Motukaraka te Marae
Ko Ngāi Tūpoto te Hapu
Ko Te Rarawa ki Hokianga me Ngāpuhi ōku Iwi
Ko Ezekiel Raui ahau. 

Tena koutou katoa,

My name is Ezekiel Raui, I am 21 years old and am a Programme Manager for Te Rau Ora, responsible for a team of 10 and piloting the Tu Kotahi Program in Auckland throughout 2019. I have recently completed my Bachelor of Business at Te Kūnenga Ki Pūrehuroa – Massey University Albany.

I am the co-designer of Tū Kotahi, a peer-to-peer support program that aims to equip young people with the ability to:

  • Engage in an initial conversation with a peer of theirs who needs support, while understanding their boundaries as Tu Kotahi Leaders
  • Assess the situation against the SDQ and Hua Oranga Frameworks
  • Pathway their peers to the appropriate support services within the school and local community.

I am a proud alumnus of Taipa Area School where I spent the duration of my high school studies, and of Area School Education, which has provided me with the tools to strive for the future I desire.

I have had humbling experiences throughout my life which include travelling to the White House Tribal Leaders gathering hosted by Former President Barack Obama and being invited to Buckingham Palace to receive a medal from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, but the most humbling for me would have to be being the first in my family to attend and complete a university degree.

Daisy Speaks Daisy Timo

Daisy Lavea-Timo is a multi-potentialite. A black and white Samoan lens converges and in those thousand shades of grey, Daisy explores what it means to be a straddler of worlds: a kiwi-born, fluent-Sāmoan speaking and traditional tattoo-wielding Matai/Chief.
Crowned the 2017 New Zealand Slam Poetry Champion, she believes in the power of words and holding the vā/spaces for people to share their own stories. Daisy’s poetry ciphers around talanoa/dialogues about identity, purpose and leadership.
She loves cheering court side of her 3 girls’ sporting endeavours with her husband, supporting the Mana Wāhine in her rugby league team, having challenging talanoa at a couple of governance tables and is currently the Southern Regional Relationship Manager for the Ministry of Youth Development.


For website 2 Taipari Mahanga

Ko Manaia te Maunga
Ko Taihāruru te Awa
Ko Uruao te Waka
Ko Te Waiariki me Ngāpuhi aku Iwi
Ko Ngāti Kororā me Ngāti Hine aku Hapū
Ko Taipari Mahanga tōku ingoa

I have been involved in Māori Performing Arts since I was knee high to a grasshopper. With over 40 years’ experience performing with and tutoring kapa haka groups has taken me on a journey of discovery, a journey of enlightenment and a journey of connection to my cultural identity.

I believe kapa haka is a vehicle to wellness through the whanaungatanga within a group, finding ones identity and gaining knowledge through waiata and haka. Aroha is at the forefront of any kapa haka group.

Te Whare Tapa Whā is very much part of kapa haka, motivation and movement, spiritual and environment, a sense of family pride and keeping an open mine are all key to wellness.

Nōreirā tukua, karawhiua werohia te wero.

2019 Symposium Programme! 

9:30am - 10am

Welcome & Karakia  

Opener : (10mins)

10am - 10:45am

Speaker One - Ezekiel Raui

10:45am – 11:30am

Speaker Two -  Sam O'Sullivan

11:30am - 11.40am (Transition Time)

11.40am - 12:30pm


  • Taiaha

  • Mindfullness Training

  • Poi Creation

12:30pm - 1:30pm
Lunch - Subway

1.30pm - 2.15pm 

Speaker Three - Daisy Timo

2.15pm - 2.45pm

Kapa Haka - Taipari Mahanga

2.45pm - 3:00 pm

Closing & Karakia

3:00pm Finish


2019 Sponsors

He Waka Tapu

He Waka Tapu

For over 22 years He Waka Tapu has been providing a skilled and friendly team, supporting tangata whaiora in Otautahi and Te Waiponanmu.

He Waka Tapu runs a number of programmes specialising in:

Anger Management
Alcohol and Drug Addictions (AOD)
Personal Health



Waitaha Suicide Protection Action


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Rātā Foundation, formerly The Canterbury Community Trust, established in 1988, led by a board of 12 trustees who bring leadership and expertise across a wide range of disciplines.As the South Island’s largest philanthropic funder, Rātā Foundation receives no income from other funders or gaming machines making it unique and independent in the region’s philanthropic community.


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Te Putahitanga

We are the Whānau Ora commissioning agency for Te Waipounamu / the South Island of New Zealand. We work on behalf of the nine iwi of Te Waipounamu to respond to whānau innovation, to foster and grow inspirational ideas that are whānau-centered, intergenerational, locally driven, and provide direct impact for whānau. We work alongside whānau to create social change from the grass-roots level to enable independent transformational change.


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Pegasus Health is providing Primary Health Organisation (PHO) services for everyone who is enrolled with one of its general practices and primary care organisations. The intention of the PHO is to promote health, reduce the cost of care, and help set the direction for the development of primary health care for our enrolled population.



We are a team of highly experienced people with clinical and/or lived experience of suicide working in the suicide prevention and postvention space. We specialise in working with agencies and communities to help them best manage suicide risk.



Canterbury DHB covers an area of the East Coast of the South Island from Kaikoura District in the north, to Ashburton District in the south, as well as the Chatham Islands. It is responsible for the health of an estimated 558,830 people.

Roughly 80 percent of this population lives in the Greater Christchurch area, with the rest dispersed over a large geographical area. Canterbury DHB is the second largest DHB in terms of population and area. It has the fastest-growing Māori population, and the sixth largest total Māori population. Around 10 percent of the DHB’s population is Asian, and this is its fastest-growing ethnic group. The DHB has the largest population aged over 75.
Canterbury DHB owns and operates five major hospital facilities in Christchurch and Ashburton, and almost 30 smaller rural hospitals and community bases around the region.
On top of providing health services to its own population, Canterbury DHB provides many specialised services to people referred from other DHBs where these services are not available.

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24hr Shearathon

We are a group of North Canterbury farmers, shearer’s and agricultural businesses that have decided to come together to hold a ‘24hr shear-a-thon’ to help raise funds for a variety of groups in the name of suicide prevention and mental health within our communities. We all know the statistics within this small nation are beyond disbelief and we all know someone who ‘knows someone’ that are one of these sad stories.




Thank you for your support.


Suicide prevention is everybody's business


It starts with me! Ko au te timatanga!

Together we can contribute and support the wellbeing of our communities through our own actions.

Dean has some advice for us

Dean shares some advice about asking those people around you who may be feeling suicidal. If they are feeling suicidal say "i'll go with you to get some help"

Tyler's advice for those who are affected by suicide

Suicide affect's so many people. You heard Tyler's story last year, listen as Tyler shares some advice to seek help.

Kaya's one piece of advice would be "to just talk"

Listen to kaya's advice, from someone who has struggled with suicide. She wished she had just talked herself. If you are struggling with suicide and feel you have no one to talk to give 1737 a free call and talk to the trained councellors there. Kia kaha.

How Tyler found her way

The after effects of suicide are hard on the loved ones left behind, listen to how Tyler found her way through and encourages people who are having suicidal thoughts to speak up.

Atama's wairua connection and how he found his way through

Atama sends encouragement, if you are struggling with thoughts of suicide to reach out - he found his light through karakia but you might find yours through the community.

Deans experince of losing 4 loved ones through suicide and how finding his voice helped

It took Dean 10 years to talk, listen to how Dean found his voice and he encourages people who are struggling with thoughts of suicide to speak up and the community support one another.

Celebrating the values in Mau Rakau that strengthen our community - Aaron

Aaron is part of Te Waioratanga and is 1 of 3 experiences open to community at the 2019 Suicide Prevention Symposium.

Kaya wished she had "Just talked"

Kaya shares her experience of suicide, so others may find the courage to share the battles you try to fight on your own, "Find that someone and Just talk"!

Online Registrations - Now Closed

Thanks for your participation to another successful event and great seeing you there!