About E Tū Whānau

E Tū Whānau is a movement for positive change and it belongs to everyone.  E Tū Whānau nurtures and celebrates:

  • Te Ao Māori taking responsibility and action to create positive change
  • doing things that make whānau strong − te mana kaha o te whānau!
  • tikanga and Māori values − drawing on rich and powerful traditions
  • kahukura − the people that inspire change in whānau and communities.

aboutIt has been developed by the Māori Reference Group (MRG) after extensive kōrero within Te Ao Māori about the values and behaviours that support strong, resilient whānau, free from violence.

On this website we celebrate whānau throughout Aotearoa as they build and create healthy, positive lives together.

E Tū Whānau’s violence free and whānau centered kauapapa is proudly Māori but it’s proving rich and inspirational to our refugee and migrant communities as well.

Our values – aroha, whanaungatanga, whakapapa, mana, kōrero awhi and tikanga – resonate with these communities, many of whom come from collective, family focussed cultures that have much in common, spiritually and socially, with Māori.  Read more about our work with refugee and migrant communities here.


Change starts with you − use the E Tū Whānau messages, values and resources to strengthen your whānau and community.

Te mana kaha o te whānau!

Meet the Māori Reference Group