Collaborative and Indigenous Mental Health Therapy.  Tataihono:  Stories of Maori                                                                        Healing in Psychiatry.  

As a lay person, I initially approached this book hesitantly.  I did not expect it to be so accessible or to make for such compelling reading.  Its power lies in the way that it ties toogether the vantage points of psychiatrist, healer and patient in relation to each case history.  Each story would be fascinating in its own right, but the combination of these different perspectives make for riveting reading.  This book made a lasting impression on me - it is not too strong to say it changed the way I think.  I recommend it to anyone who is interested in mental health, wellbeing, Te Ao Maori, and the place where science and spirituality collide.  Some of these stories made me cry, some of them made the hair stand up on the back of my neck.  All of them are shared sensitively, and with great respect.

Rachel Haward, Lawyer


The UNITEC Bachelor of Social Practice programme with its 300 students and the Postgraduate Diploma in counselling with its 50 students, are both crying out for a book of this sort.  There is no precedent for it here in New Zealand, although there is a great deal of rhetoric surrounding bicultural partnerships in practice.  This manuscript is invaluable because it is derived from transcripted interviews and vivid case stories which allow student practitioners to see the practice.  This book will become essential reading at undergraduate and post-graduate level at Unitec and I expect other programmes across the country in social work, counselling and mental health related courses.

Kay Ingamells, Lecturer, Department of Social Practice

UNITEC Institute of Technology, Auckland

I found this to be an excellent exposition of quality clinical practice in mental health in a bicultural framework.  I would strongly commend it to trainee psychiatrists as a core text in their training, and would recommend it to all those working in mental health in New Zealand.  It provides a concise summary of the context of such practice and allies detailed accounts of therapy from different perspectives to provide powerful insights in how to provide more responsive and effective therapy in everyday mental health practice.  It will also be a valuable resource for those working in other cultural contexts, to guide consideration of how the western tradition of mental health practice can mindfully engage with indigenous traditions to better serve communities in addressing mental distress.

Professor Pete Ellis, Professor of Psychiatry

University of Otago, Wellington

This work will be of wide interest to multiple practitioner and lay audiences both nationally and internationally, for people with difficulties of this kind and their families, for indigenous and non-indigenous mental health workers in different contexts, for clinical teachers, trainees and researchers, and anyone concerned with the mental health and wellbeing of those in their communities.

Associate Professor Tim McCreanor, Social Scientist

Massey University, Auckland

This book would be most welcomed as a valuable resource book for the Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Applied Social Work as well as our Masters of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy and Professional doctorate programmes.  Indigenous knowledge and wisdom is explored in many of the courses we offer and I will definitely use it as a required and recommended text.  There is also huge potential for colleagues from the  Anthropology department and Psychology to use it for their teaching as well as teachers in Maori studies.  A colleague of mine who is a senior advisor Maori said she would welcome the opportunity to organise a staff/student seminar to introduce staff to this exceptionally relevant and needed resource.

Associate Professor Ksenija Napan, School of social Work

Massey University, Auckland

[This book] stood out as an extremely well compiled, revealing and enlightening piece of work.  Some of the case studies are tragic and compelling at the same time.  This work presents an important aspect of Maori culture and healing that needs to see the light of day.

Bob Ross, Convenor of Judges

Ashton Wylie Book awards, Unpublished Manuscript

Wiremu NiaNia's Maori healing work will be of great interest to many Maori in my church, but also many other churches.  I would highly recommend this book to any Christians, both Maori and Pakeha, who may be curious to learn more about how Maori spirituality can be relevant in their lives, and can  be helpful for people who are struggling with mental health problems.  I will also be recommending it to other Pastors.

Pastor Norm McLeod, Senior Pastor

House of Breakthrough Church, Gisborne

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