E ngā mana, e ngā reo ,e ngā rangatira puta noa te ao, nau, mai haere mai ki to matou kainga o Waitangi, tenei o Ngati Rāhiri, Ngati Kawa karanga nei ia koutou katoa ki te haere mai ehoa ma.

Ngati Rahiri  and Ngati Kawa are the traditional owners and occupiers of Waitangi, a special place where the the Declaration of Independence and the Treaty of Waitangi were signed.

It is the place where our ancestors debated key social and political issues, and to this day these debates continue at Waitangi – so it is an appropriate place for the serious topics of the IASP  Asia Pacific Conference 2018 to be considered.   Mauri ora  Witi Ashby.

Ngati Hine, Ngati Kawa Ngati Rahiri

Ko Witeria Lewis Ashby (Witi) no Ngati Hine me Ngati Kawa.
Ko Koroki te Whare Tupuna
Ko Taumarere te Awa
Ko Motatau te Maunga
Ko Ngati Hine te Hapu
My Name is Witeria Lewis Ashby (Witi) I am from Ngati Hine, Ngati Kawa.

My Marae Tupuna is Koroki
My River is Taumarere
My Mountain is Motatau
My Hapu is Ngati Hine
My Iwi is Ngapuhi

I was born in Kawakawa Tai Tokerau. Between me and my wife, Dianne Grennell from Ngati Mutunga ki Whare Kauri (Chathams), we have nine children and 12 grandchildren and we currently reside in Wellington.

No reira Mauri ora
(Witi) Witeria Lewis Ashby


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Turning the tide together – Tai pari, Tai timu ngātahi ai

It is estimated that over 800 000 people die by suicide, a “global” mortality rate of 16 per 100,000, or one death every 40 seconds.  Although traditionally suicide rates have been highest among the male elderly, rates among young people have been increasing to such an extent that they are now the group at highest risk in a third of countries, in both developed and developing countries.

The 8th Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Suicide Prevention will bring together researchers, practitioners, helpline workers, programme planners, graduate students, those within the community and anyone affected by suicidal persons, from a range of disciplines from within New Zealand, the Asian-Pacific Region and around the world.

This Conference will focus on evidence based research, best practice and innovative suicide prevention activities.  The Conference will also provide opportunity to encourage young researchers and practitioners together with mentorship and training.

Aim of the Asia Pacific Conference

To identify key issues in suicidal behaviour in the Asia Pacific Region in order to formulate cohesive, relevant and evidence based strategies by bringing together networks working in the field of suicide prevention and to share knowledge, skills, research and good practices in preventing suicide.