The event was organised by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao Trust and had over 500 people registered to attend including representatives from Australia, Canada, United States, Pacific Islands and New Zealand.
Nearly half of the people attending were rangatahi who took part in the World Indigenous Youth Summit, which was held at the same time. The youth summit was developed and supported by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao’s youth advisory group, ‘2morrows Rangatira’. The youth advisory group have been meeting for the last 8 months, motivated to ensure the voice of our youth is heard in suicide prevention.
The summit was be a forum for young people to make recommendations on suicide prevention, and contribute to a report that will be made available. The purpose of the conference was to engage with other indigenous nations on how to reduce suicides and its impact it has on indigenous peoples.
One of the event coordinators, Michael Naera expressed his gratitude and appreciation at the feedback they have received saying;
"It humbles us to know we have achieved what was expected from our tribal elders... our theme was to transform indigenous communities and create youth champions. Hand on heart we believe we have exceeded all expectations."
Going forward the team will be completing post conference tasks such as the conference and evaluation reports, Turamarama Declaration, and Global Networking Forum with the guidance of tribal leaders who will determine future pathways.
(Additional reporting from Māori Television)