Tue, Jun 15




Matekite / Tohunga / Author Wiremu Niania - traditional healing in health services

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Time & Location

Jun 15, 2021, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Tūrangi, 4600 State Highway 1, Tūrangi 3334, New Zealand

About The Event

Wairuatanga Wananga, TURANGI. Thursday 15th June, 2021

Matekite/Tohunga - Wiremu Niania - Co-author of Award winning book, Collaborative and Indigenous Mental Health Therapy - Tataihono: Stories of Maori healing in Psychiatry, discusses in depth the vital role, he believes, Wairuatanga plays in recovery in this interactive workshop.

Whatever your professional focus, the wellness of Wairua is the key element that strengthens and enhances every area - mind, body and whanau and underpins every indigenous society. Gaining a traditional healers view of Wairuatanga, the role of Mauri, Tapu Mana and other key concepts of te ao maori, learn how to utilise Te Taha Wairua in your practice by spending a day with Wiremu.

Who is this wananga for?

While this wananga / workshop is designed for multiple practitioners and clinicians, for indigenous and non-indigenous mental health workers in different contexts, for clinical leaders, trainees and researchers, counsellors, church leaders and anyone concerned with the mental health and wellbeing of those in their communities, we welcome anyone interested in Wairuatanga. 

These sessions move beyond academic information to application of te ao wairua principals. You will learn how to bring these tangible powerful concepts into your professional practice.


9.00am Karakia / Mihi Whakatau

9.15am Whakawhanaungatanga

9.30am SESSION 1:  

Background / Tohunga Suppression and its impact 

Nga Kete Wananga and how they work in hauora / health services

10.30am Morning tea - provided (light refreshments)

10.45am SESSION 2:  

Defining Wairua 

What is Wairua in relation to Nga Kete Wananga

12.00pm LUNCH - lunch is not provided, however you are welcome to bring your lunch with you. We will break long enough for people to get lunch.

1.00pm SESSION 3:

How is intergenerational trauma seen in Nga Kete Wananga

Addressing Intergenerational trauma through a Wairua led approach

2.30pm Afternoon Tea - provided (light refreshments)


The restoration of Tapu 

3.15pm Evaluations / Poroporoaki

4.00pm Closing karakia

Course Fee $250 (ex. GST)

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