MEDIA RELEASES

Youth Resilience play returns for another season


Following positive evaluation of last year’s Northland DHB commissioned youth resilience play Matanui another tour will be presented free to Northland secondary schools during the second term, 19th May – 20th June 2014.  There will be community shows in the evening in Whangarei, Kerikeri, Kaitaia and Te Kao.

At the end of 2012, in response to the high rate of youth suicide in Northland in that year, the Northland DHB was successful in seeking funding assistance from the Ministry of Health to implement additional support and preventive action in affected communities and the wider Northland region. 

Taking an evidence based approach and following policy advice outlined in the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006-2016 Northland DHB proposed action focussed on a) building resiliency amongst youth and b) creating supportive environments where the public and a wide range of health, education and community support workers are well prepared to recognise and respond to youth and others at risk of suicide. 

The programme of action became known as Promoting Whānau and Youth Resilience for Suicide Prevention in Te Tai Tokerau (the Resilience Project).  

Written and produced by Playworks Productions, Matanui is a two-hour programme which comprises of a Theatre in Education play and a Drama in Education workshop which includes an introduction to community support networks.

The maunga Matanui looks over a small Northland community where everything seems safe, ordinary, just the same as ever, where bad gets forgotten and good goes unnoticed.

Relationships, dreams and dark histories collide as young Wiremu and friends try to make sense of it all. What’s the secret ingredient a young person needs to thrive and how can they find it?  

Broad content themes in the theatre include positive relationships and some of the challenges young Northland people face, including dealing with alcohol, teen pregnancy, sexual abuse and suicide.

Matanui aims to empower youth and their communities to build community resilience. The haka for Matanui has been written by Tatai Henare and the waiata text by Sir James Henare, gifted to Matanui by the Henare whanau.

The Drama in Education workshop revisits the main events of the play. Using drama workshopping techniques, the audience now become participants and actors. Through discussion, role-play, improvisation and group process, the participants investigate the characters’ actions and the play’s theme, drawing from and relating them to their own experiences. 

The workshops ensure the participants are introduced to local community support services, their networks and the pathways for accessing help. 

Free community show dates:
  • Mon 26th May 7:30pm - The Turner Centre, Kerikeri  
  • Wed 28th May 7:00pm - The Little Theatre /Te Ahu, Kaitaia  
  • Thurs 29th May 6:00pm  - Potahi Marae, Te Kao
  • Thurs 12th June, 7:30pm - The Old Library, Whangarei
  • Tue 17th June, 6:00pm – Youth Space, Whangarei 

Evaluation Conclusions

SUPPORTED YOUTH

Evaluative Conclusion: Youth survey and focus group data clearly shows the Matanui Programme created opportunities for youth to talk, and supported them to build confidence to talk about issues that concern them.  There was evidence that the Matanui Programme showed youth that life challenges they face are commonly shared.  Youth were able to identify peers and adults they could trust to support them.  

 

RESOURCEFUL YOUTH

Evaluative Conclusion: Youth survey and focus group data clearly shows the Matanui Programme supported youth to recognise when they or someone else needs help to deal with life challenges. Having participated in the Matanui Programme youth can identify more people who are available to support youth and how to access them.   

 

STRENGTHENED SCHOOL TEAMS

Evaluative Conclusion: Multiple sources of evidence show school support teams including community support networks had gained knowledge and confidence to recognise and support youth in need and know who is available locally to support youth and how to access them.  They also established new relationships and strengthened existing relationships important to supporting youth. 

 

STRENGTHENED COMMUNITIES OUTCOME

Evaluative Conclusion: Multiple sources of evidence show community participants gained knowledge and confidence to recognise and support youth in need and know who is available and how to access local support for youth. Community participants established new relationships and strengthened existing relationships important to supporting youth. 

For more information or to find out where a show is playing near you go to the Northland DHB website – Public Health – Community Resilience.

http://www.northlanddhb.org.nz/PublicHealth/CommunityResilience.aspx






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