Positive communication and actions
Kōrero awhi is about being able to communicate clearly, positively and with compassion. Strong whānau talk about the small, trivial matters as well as the complex, serious issues in life.
Open, supportive communication helps whānau relate and feel connected to each other. It means they are able to understand one another better.
He tao rākau e taea te karo, he tao kupu e kore e taea te karo
The thrust of a spear can be avoided, but not the thrust of words
What is kōrero awhi?
“It’s about telling one another that we love each other every day.”
“Positive kōrero feeds the mind and spirit of our whānau. E tū – spend time with your whānau and awhi them today!”
“Sharing a cuppa, and talking about stuff in the moment rather than letting things drag on and build up.”
“Your words and deeds today can make a difference tomorrow.”
“Seek and speak the truth – be courageous, challenge the things that diminish others in a way that grows mana.”
“Speak positively to yourself and others – your words will strengthen and uplift.”
“Your words have the power to build or destroy. Use them with care – they will shape the actions and stories told by the generations to come.”
E Tū Whānau has developed a number of resources to support whānau exploring and deepening their connection with Kōrero awhi.
Printed resources based on Kōrero awhi
Kōrero awhi – this downloadable booklet is one in a series which explores the six E Tū Whānau values.
Sets of the whole series of booklets will be available for ordering in early 2023.
Activities for whānau support whānau to reconnect with Kōrero awhi and to explore other areas that strengthen and build mana.
Visual resources which take a look at Kōrero awhi in action include:
Want to know more?
Explore the range of E Tū Whānau resources designed to support positive transformations in whānau, hapū and hapori