Welcome to Kihirua Ltd

Kihirua means ‘to change mind’.  Our focus is to provide a range of support that will help you understand and apply a bicultural perspective to your practice, approach and organisation. 

We specialise in the use of Kaupapa, mātauranga and tikanga Māori as a medium for encouraging and supporting practitioners ‘to change mind’  and engage a bicultural perspective of all aspects of their mahi.

Our work is underpinned by the princples of pono, tika and aroha and guided in all apsects by the values of manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and āhurutanga and the twin pillars of kaitiakitanga and rangatiratanga.

"Our focus is to provide a range of support that will help you understand and apply a bicultural perspective to your practice, approach and organisation"

Jason Northover

Ko Hikurangi rāua ko Kahuranaki ōna Maunga, Ko Waiapu rāua ko Poukawa ōna Waiū, Ko Horouta rāua ko Takitimu ōna waka, Ko Hau rāua ko Kahuranaki ōna Whare Tīpuna, Ko Te-Whānau-a-Rakairoa rāua ko Ngāi Te Rangikoianake ōna Hapū, Ko Ngāti Porou rāua ko Ngāti Kahungunu ōna Iwi. 

Jason Northover works as a Kaupapa Māori Clinical Educator within the School of Psychology Speech and Hearing at The University of Canterbury and as both a Senior Advisor Rehabilitation Programes and Senior Advisor Kaupapa Māori Supervision within the Department of Corrections. 

He has a background as a programme facilitator running group therapy for offenders to address their criminogenic needs and has extensive experience working with youth within the Department of Corrections, the former Child Youth and Family and the YMCA.  He is the Managing Director of Kihirua Ltd providing cultural support, education programmes and workshops and cultural supervision.

Join us for our very first seminar

Ka Whāngaia, Ka Tupu, Ka Puāwai

That which is nurtured, will blossom and grow

Nau mai, Haere mai, Tauti mai. You are invited to come and explore this introduction to engagement in practise through a Māori Lens.

Ka whāngaia, ka tupu, ka puāwai will explore a foundation understanding of whanaungatanga, contributors to cultural tension and introduce the pōwhiri and Pono-Tika-Aroha as a models for guiding engagement.

Nurture your practise and observe the blossoming of relationships with your clients.

I am a senior clinical psychologist, with many years’ experience in multiple domains of clinical psychology.

As a result of learning from Jason the underlying functions or purposes of bicultural practices, I have found a more effective way to work with peoples of all cultures different from myself.

Jason’s cultural supervision or cultural advice would benefit the practice of anyone working directly with people of differing cultures.

Dr Fran Vertue
PhD Otago School of Medicine
PG Dip Clin Psyc Canterbury
Clinical Psychologist
Christchurch Psychology

Meeting Jason and listening to him and his rich understanding of New Zealand cultural history and Te Ao Māori made me realise that I have so much more to learn!

Jason was able to help me think about communicating key therapy ideas with the use of pūrākau. He gave me practical tips and suggestions for making my space and therapy sessions more welcoming.

Listening to what Jason had to say has also made me think more about my work with people from other cultural minorities in Aotearoa.

Dr Brigette Gorman
Clinical Psychologist
The Psychology Hub

Jase is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker and passionate about sharing mātauranga Māori.

His cultural supervision and university teaching are greatly valued by staff and students. Jase is skilled in facilitating new perspectives through self-reflection.

We have found Jase’s input invaluable in our continuing development of our bi-cultural competence and are looking forward to his ongoing contributions.

Carolin Ritter
Registered Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Educator in the UC Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology

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