Our journey

The context

E Tū Whānau is a Māori response to the unacceptable levels of violence within Te Ao Māori. It acknowledges and draws on all of the work that went before it but recognises that past approaches have not worked for Māori. E Tū Whānau is also very clear that violence within whānau was not part of traditional Māori life.

Hopuhopu Summit (2008) – a mandate for change

A national summit in April 2008 (opened by King Tuheitia and hosted by Tainui at Hopuhopu  Marae) 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 success. This 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 (to the Taskforce for Action on Violence within Families) 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 the community level and within iwi leadership. A groundswell of community action starts to build. E Tū Whānau Kahukura (leaders) emerge.

The second Programme of Action (2013 – 2018)

The second Programme of Action was developed by the MRG and launched in Rotorua at a national hui of iwi leaders, practitioners, rangatahi (June 2013). This builds on the first POA.

National hui (Rotorua, June 2013)

Māori leaders confirmed the approach and direction for E Tū Whānau and the second POA. 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 Launch – (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 consolidates

Wānanga and hui begin to engage and consolidate rangatahi participation. A number of rangatahi kahukura (individuals and collectives) emerge to lead change.

E Tū Whānau action and support accelerates

Support for E Tū Whānau continues to grow as whānau, hapū, iwi and community around the country embrace the kaupapa and find ways to express this and encourage positive change. This includes a mandate from the Iwi Leaders Forum and iwi involvement across Aotearoa.

E Tū Whānau Charter of Commitment gathers momentum

The Charter provides a focus and platform for individuals and collectives to publicly oppose violence in all its forms; thousands sign the Charter to take a stand against violence and uphold whānau restoration as the foundation for change.

Find out more about the Charter of Commitment