News from home / Arts & Entertainment
Written by: Taiarahia Melbourne
1 Dec 2015

A concert to help raise awareness about suicide prevention and intervention will be held on Saturday the 5th of December at Whakarua Park in Ruatorea. ‘Lean on Me’ is the name of the event organised by Nati For Life, a roopu formed recently in response to an issue affecting many whanau within the Ngati Porou community.


The Lean on Me concert includes local acts Kahu Waitoa, Darylene Rogers, Venessa Grant, Miss Pou(namu), Deewuz, Fire & Ash, G-Knights, Ethnic Roots, Under the Sun, Ora Taukamo and Ruawhitiri Ngatai-Mahue with main act Chad Chambers to wrap it up. It will be attended by national Harley Davidson organisation R.A.T.S. (Riders against Teenage Suicide), speakers from various backgrounds including Green Ribbon (anti-bullying organisation) and local whānau affected by suicide. There will be health professionals on the ground for whanau to approach and discuss personal issues with including Ngāti Porou Hauora, Te Kupenga (Maori Mental Health) and Victim Support, and information tents.

For tamariki there will be Harley Davidson rides, a spray-paint tagging board, face painting and taa moko drawing. There will also be food stores and a kaumatua tent. Donations have already been received from several marae, schools, local businesses and further money pledged from local organisations. The event is smoke, alcohol and drug free.


In February this year Hamiora (Haami) Ngarimu, loving partner and father of four children, took his own life. As his whanau struggled to comprehend the impact of his death, a realisation that support within Te Tairawhiti to assist whanau after such a devastating loss was limited. Tragically since Hamiora’s death more whanau have been affected by whakamomori (suicides) further highlighting the need for some form of community based action. Hamiora’s cousin Tuta Ngarimu began discussions with Hamiora’s sister Vanessa about a response. Tuta posed the idea of having a festival of music concert, where professionals and other experts could also discuss issues surrounding stigmas, mehntal ealth conditions and vital information pertaining to suicide including prevention and intervention strategies.

In August whānau (known to Tuta) who had recently been affected by suicide were invited to discuss this initiative. There was a unanimous consensus by those who attended to support the event and the name ‘Nāti for Life’ was chosen for our organisation driving this kaupapa. The concert would be called the ‘Lean on Me’ concert with a focus on supporting whanau on the East Coast. Nāti for Life is committed to raising awareness of suicide prevention and intervention options for whānau on the East Coast. The ultimate dream of the roopu is to provide the tools necessary for individuals and whanau to combat suicide so that whānau never have to suffer the pain of suicide again.


Date: Saturday December 5, 2015 Whakarua Park, Ruatorea

Time: Gates open 9am. Concert finishes 8pm.

Fee: Entry by koha

For more info: Tuta Ngarimu,  email:

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