E Tū Whānau is developed and led by Māori. Government has a key role in supporting the work.
The Māori Reference Group (MRG) is responsible for implementing E Tū Whānau in collaboration with iwi, hapū and whānau and central government.
The Māori Reference Group members are Māori community leaders who, between them, contribute a diverse range of skills, knowledge and experience.
What they do
The MRG provides strategic advice to the E Tū Whānau initiative and it also has input into government policy that affects whānau, particuarly where there is violence.
They have a responsibility to represent Māori interests as broadly as possible. Their role is to:
- provide leadership in the relationship between Te Ao Māori and Government
- ensure policy that affects whānau is Māori-led and meets the needs of Māori
- contribute to reviewing progress and identifying what works and why
- inform the monitoring, review and evaluation process and related strategies
- represent the interests of Māori constituent groups.
The MRG is committed to support and advocate the many strategies that exist within whānau, hapū, iwi and communities throughout Aotearoa.
Many others have given their talents and energy to support E Tū Whānau.