“Kokiritia Te Aroha is a big project for Ngātiwai, with a very important kaupapa affecting many of our whānau.”
Ngātiwai Trust Board
“Kokiritia Te Aroha is a marae- based taitamariki development programme which has suicide prevention strategies that we have developed along with our taitamariki; a toolbox of resources that they can use along with their whānau. It is about the restoration of identity for our whānau and their Ngātiwaitanga.” Our Stories Ngātiwai Trust Board.
Te Ngakau (the heart) signifies that this project is a mahi aroha. The heart is made up of three koru, signifying firstly the continuously unfolding journey of life and learning, and the three journeys we have been on together.
They show three states of mauri – mauri moe, mauri oho and mauri ora. While they are separate, they are also connected and interconnected. They signify the relationship we have with ourselves, with each other, and with everything around us.