Our Values

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

Harekeke flower

Today’s flowers are the harekeke seeds of tomorrow.

Aroha
Giving with no expectation of return

Whanaungatanga
It’s about being connected

Whakapapa
Knowing who you are and where you belong

Mana / Manaaki
Building the mana of others, through nurturing, growing and challenging

Kōrero Awhi
Positive communication and actions

Tikanga
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.