Our journey

Our journey is illustrated by whānau in a waka.

E Tū Whānau is a Māori response to the unacceptable levels of violence within Te Ao Māori. The kaupapa acknowledges and is founded on all of the work that went before; it also recognises that past approaches have not worked for Māori. E Tū Whānau is very clear that violence within whānau was not part of traditional Māori life. We celebrate our journey and all those who continue to inspire community-led change.

E Tū Whānau Our journey

Hopuhopu Summit (2008) a mandate for change

Our journey began with a national summit in April 2008 (opened by King Tuheitia and hosted by Tainui at Hopuhopu Marae) which brought together our leaders to discuss ways for Māori to tackle violence. The consensus was that a fresh approach was needed based on Māori ways of doing things, and that it must be led by Māori and focused on strengths and successes. This summit was a significant event for Māori.

Wide support across Aotearoa

More than 30 hui held across the country endorsed this approach and suggested the principles and recommendations for action.

Gathering the stories, shaping the values

Kōrero with kuia, kaumātua and many others helped to shape the messages and values that underpin the E Tū Whānau approach.

Developing a framework for change

The summit, hui and kōrero provided a clear mandate and direction. This created the foundation for a Programme of Action, the framework for change.

The first Programme of Action (2008 2013)

The Māori Reference Group published the first Programme of Action. This was supported by government and launched by Hon Dame Tariana Turia in February 2009.

Nurturing change

The first five years focused on building support for E Tū Whānau – at a community level and within iwi leadership. A groundswell of community action started to build. E Tū Whānau kahukura began to emerge.

E Tū Whānau expanded to include former refugee and migrant communities

In 2013, E Tū Whānau was expanded to include former refugee and migrant communities the kaupapa resonates with these communities; they find it inspiring, relevant and enabling.

The second Programme of Action (2013 – 2018)

The second Programme of Action was developed. It built on the first Programme of Action, informed by learning and kōrero along the way. It was launched in Rotorua at a national hui of iwi leaders, practitioners, and rangatahi (June 2013).

National hui (Rotorua, June 2013)

Māori leaders confirmed the approach and direction for E Tū Whānau and the second Programme of Action. The inaugural E Tū Whānau Kahukura Awards were presented to those identified as leading positive change within whānau, hapū, iwi.

E Tū Whānau Charter of Commitment launched (Tūwharetoa, August 2014)

This was a significant event – the Charter formalises our commitment to positive change and gives us the opportunity, as Māori, to take a strong public stand against violence. The 2014 Kahukura Awards were presented at this launch.

Rangatahi involvement consolidated

Wānanga and hui engaged and consolidated rangatahi participation. A number of rangatahi kahukura (individuals and collectives) emerged to lead change. A national rangatahi forum was formed involving Māori, Pasifika and youth from diverse communities.

E Tū Whānau action and support accelerated

Support for E Tū Whānau continued to grow as whānau, hapū, iwi and communities around the country embraced the kaupapa and found ways to express it and encourage positive change. This included a mandate from the Iwi Chair’s Forum and iwi involvement across Aotearoa.

E Tū Whānau Charter of Commitment gathered momentum

The E Tū Whānau Charter provides a focus and platform for individuals and collectives to publicly oppose violence in all its forms. Thousands signed the Charter to take a stand against violence and uphold whānau restoration as the foundation for change.

E Tū Whānau kahukura workshop (June 2018)

This workshop brought together recognised Māori kahukura (leaders) and influencers to share current knowledge and thinking about the issues that affect whānau, to contribute to solutions, and to help us develop a new strategy and action plan for the next five years.

Community focus groups (June – November 2018)

Whānau from across the country took part in focus groups to kōrero about issues, progress and priorities for whānau to help shape the 2019 2024 Programme of Action.

Mahere Rautaki (Framework for Change) 2019 2024 (launched 2020)

The new E Tū Whānau Mahere Rautaki (Framework for Change) and underpinning Theory of Change was developed and published. It captures and reflects the learnings and successes of the previous 10 years, and sets the direction and goals for the next five.

Find out more about the Charter of Commitment