A number of hui were held across Aotearoa to find out what people thought would be seen and heard in strong thriving whānau. E Tū Whānau distilled this kōrero into six values: aroha, whanaungatanga, whakapapa, mana/manaaki, kōrero awhi and tikanga.
These underpinning values are part of who we are and what makes us strong as Māori. They kept our whānau safe in the past and have the power to do so again. They are protective factors for Māori. Together they create the ‘rope of life’ that joins whānau together and strengthens them.
Our strength and power comes from whānau – whānau is the key to eliminating violence
Giving with no expectation of return
It’s about being connected
Knowing who you are and where you belong
Mana / Manaaki
Building the mana of others, through nurturing, growing and challenging
Positive communication and actions
Doing things the right way, according to our values
These traditional values form the basis of the themes and messages in the different E Tū Whānau resources.
They also come up frequently in stories of change and growth from across Aotearoa.