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Whanau Travel Taranaki to Cape Reinga to Share Experiences with Suicide

Whānau on Bus Trip to Heal Issues of Suicide

Five Māori families affected by the suicide of a family member are participating in a unique project in which they will travel on a bus from marae to marae, making their way from Taranaki to Cape Reinga. The journey begins today and lasts for one week.

At each stop, a new family will join the journey and at each marae the families will take part in wānanga sessions guided by Māori psychologist and filmmaker Paora Joseph. In the wānanga, the families will share their personal struggles and stories about loved ones who have committed suicide. Other families in each area are invited to participate.

The wānanga and the journey will become part of a film, titled Maui’s Hook, for which Joseph will also serve as director.

Following a similar “journey of discovery and resolution” format to his powerful documentary Tātarakihi: The Children of Parihaka, this documentary/drama feature film will chronicle the healing journey of the five families.

Drama sequences will be co-directed with Paora Joseph by Alyx Duncan (The Red House) and the cinematographer is Maria Ines Manchego, known for her work on Florian Habicht’s Pulp. Maui’s Hook is produced by Quinton Hita and Karen Waaka-Tibble from Kura Productions Ltd, with support from Te Rau Matatini – National Suicide Prevention Strategy, Te Puni Kokiri and the TSB Bank with Te Hurihanga Trust.

The trip journey starts in Taranaki and stops along the way in some of the areas worst affected by whakamomori (suicide) – Whanganui, Rotorua, Auckland, Whangarei – Northland, before arriving at Cape Reinga, the final departing place of spirits.

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