The Wharerātā Group is an international network of Indigenous leaders working in mental health & addictions, who share a vision of the near future in which Indigenous peoples sustain their optimal health and wellbeing, who contribute to that vision through strategic use of our Indigenous leadership influence on mental health and addictions systems.
Wellbeing is based in our cultures
Indigenous peoples have the right to wellbeing
Our wellbeing is connected to our self-determination
Healthy Indigenous individuals, families
Wharerātā is a Maori word, pronounced“Far’ re rah’ ta”
Whare translates to“house.”
Rātā translates to“tree with bright red flowers and a large canopy”.
Wharerātā means “a house of wisdom and
understanding, a house of shelter and protection”.
The poles holding up a longhouse or meeting house
Support, sustenance, elevate, establish;
Person who is strength of the group or leads discussion;
See the latest from the Wharerātā Group:
Below are two recent publications from Aotearoa, both have come from Te Rau Matatini. The first publication is Kia Hora Te Marino Trauma Informed Care for Māori and explores Māori specific cultural understandings to assist Trauma Informed Care for Māori relevant to: •...
Nga mihi mahana kia koutou This is a tribunal hearing under our Treaty claims We are kept updated by Dr Maria Baker Pouwhakahaere Matua (CEO) Te Rau Matatini Please feel free to make direct contact with Maria using the below information Address: 22 Kaiwharawhara Rd,...
In the Wharerātā meetings of 2018, Rose LeMay resigned as international chair. The Wharerātā Group in consensus chose two co-chairs, a man and woman, to share the leadership and responsibility. Please welcome Thomas Brideson from Australia and Carole Koha as the...
The Wharerātā Group met in Norway in May 2018, and one of the themes of the meeting was to share updates on what’s working in Indigenous life promotion and suicide prevention. The following is the result of an extensive conversation based on the combined experience of...
Please welcome our new Sami friends from Norway and Sweden! We share much in common with Sami, and Sami also have much to teach us about Indigenizing mental health from their cultural knowledge base. At IIMHL 2018 in Stockholm - Simon Issát Marainen, Sami, stood up...
Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Sydney, Australia - November 26-29, 2018 ABOUT THE EVENT Gawuwi gamarda Healing Our Spirit WorldwideguNgalya nangari nura Cadigalmirung(Calling our friends to come, to be at Healing Our Spirit Worldwide. We meet on the country of...
Global Indigenous Suicide Prevention, Mental Health & Wellbeing Research Symposium – 2018 in New Zealand
Global Indigenous Suicide Prevention, Mental Health & Wellbeing Research Symposium He huihuinga rangahau taha hauora hinengaro, taha oranga mō te ārai whakamomori ki ngā iwi taketake o te ao Monday, Tuesday 26, 27 February 2018 University of Otago, Wellington, New...
Look at this! We were guest editors for a special edition of the Journal of Social Inclusion! We advocated for Indigenous authors to write on Indigenous perspectives. A joint effort by Pat Dudgeon (University of Western Australia), Waikaremoana Waitoki, Rose LeMay...