Whanaungatanga

It’s about being connected

Whanaungatanga is about relationships. It is about whānau working together to make decisions and act in ways that support the betterment of everyone in the whānau.

Strong whānau invest their time and energy in activities they can do together.

Whanaungatanga means whānau make time to do things together like this
Whānau are strengthened when people make time to do things together

What is whanaungatanga?

“It’s about being connected to your cousins. You’d be lost without your cousins. I love them all.”

“We always have kai for visitors, even if there are 10 in the whānau.”

“Where would I be without my family?  I love my family, they’re the ones who make you who you are.”

Darrin Haimona explains what whanaungatanga means in his whānau

Want to know more?

Read about E Tū Whānau, how the kauapapa includes refugees and migrants, or stories of positive change and growth from whānau across Aotearoa.