Former Refugees and Migrants

E Tū Whānau’s violence free and whānau-centred kaupapa is proudly Māori but is also proving rich and inspirational to our former refugee and migrant communities.

Many of those communities come from collective, family-focused cultures that have much in common, spiritually and socially, with Māori. Over the years, it has become clear that the six core values that underpin E Tū Whānau resonate strongly with those communities

E Tū Whānau kahukura (leader) Naima Ali, explains in this video why this kaupapa speaks to so many former refugees and migrants.

E Tū Whānau’s approach to working in partnership with refugee and migrant communities is available in our Mahere Rautaki/Framework for Change 2019-2023.

The stories below show E Tū Whānau in action in the different communities that make up the rich diversity of Aoteaora. These stories are grouped under the four priority action areas in our Framework for Change.

Hapori / Community development

– supporting communities to build capacity and capability to lead and sustain community-level change. The focus is on building leadership; reduced community tolerance for violence; increased commitment and networks to implement change; and strengthened indigenous practitioner capacity.

Whānau / Family strength

– work includes family/faith/community engagement, focus groups to scope issues; building connections between ethnic specific, faith and mainstream groups and services; building protective factors (parenting support, cultural identity, ancestral legacy and pride).

Tane ora and Wahine ora / Wellbeing for men and women

– community-specific work with men and women separately covering goal setting; parenting; children and elders; building financial capability; strengthening links to community services and support.

Rangatahi / Youth development

– PALMs (a multi-ethnic youth movement which is part of the ETW kaupapa) national and regional wānanga; leadership development; capability development.

A group of 11 young people prepare to report back to the main group at the PALMs 2019 Symposium

Young refugee and migrant people from different ethnicities at the PALMs 2019 Symposium prepare to report their findings back to the wider group

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