He Waka Eke Noa: Māori Cultural Frameworks for Violence Prevention and Intervention

He Waka Eke Noa investigates the role of Māori cultural approaches to violence prevention and intervention.  The research is a Kaupapa Māori research project that focuses on Māori understandings of family and sexual violence.  International research indicates that culture can be an effective ‘buffer’ in the area of family and sexual violence prevention and healing trauma.  Our approach provides a broad view of violence that captures the complex factors that contribute to the prevalence of violence within, and upon Māori communities.  The research will investigate a range of explanations for violence in Aotearoa, both individual and collective, and ways through which culture can inform the development of successful approaches to violence reduction.  This project has been developed collaboratively with Māori healers, social workers and counsellors who have wide-ranging involvement and knowledge in working with whānau who have been impacted by either family or sexual violence.  Over the past 20 years there has been strong advocacy for the development of programmes that are based upon cultural knowledge and practices however there is limited research that explores which principles are most effective and the difference that cultural programmes may have in intervening in contexts where violence has been intergenerational and ongoing.  This project will work with a range of organisations in the identification of the prevalence of family and sexual violence for Māori and to explore in depth Māori cultural concepts and practices that successfully inform and support intervention and healing processes.

Further information can be found at: Ngā Wai a Te Tūī

Watch the webinar here


Webinar 1: He Oranga Ngākau: Māori Understandings of Trauma Informed Care

In the development of the He Waka Eke Noa project, Professor Smith has been sharing the overarching findings from ‘He Oranga Ngākau’ a research project funded by the Health Research Council, which provides insights into Kaupapa Māori Trauma Informed Care practice principles working alongside Māori and Indigenous practitioners to inform the development of framework that supports healers and practitioners working with whānau experiencing trauma.

Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou, Tuhourangi)

Webinar 2: Ka mua, Ka muri: Looking to our past to move forward: Whakataukī as Inspiration and Guidance for Māori

In this presentation Professor Pihama will discuss insights shared by whānau and Kaupapa Māori practitioners about the role of whakataukī in understanding, and receiving guidance from our tūpuna (ancestral) understandings and practices for collective wellbeing and healing.

Professor Leonie Pihama (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Māhanga, Ngā Māhanga a Tairi)

He Waka Eke Noa Kaupapa Māori Survey – A brief Overview of Results

Webinar 3: He Waka Eke Noa undertook an online survey with over 1000 participants. The survey gathered insights to the experience of violence in the lifetime of Māori and their whānau. Questions explored the different types of both interpersonal and state violence, and also gathered information on seeking support, minimising risk, and the personal and cultural factors important for healing and healing futures for Māori and their whānau.

Shirley Simmonds (Raukawa, Ngāti Huri, Ngā Puhi)

Te Wairuatanga o te Kuia i Tipu Ake i te Ngahere (The Spirituality of Kuia who grew up amongst the Trees)

Professor Pou Temara will talk about his grandmother who grew up in the bush and inherited an unheralded gift for healing.  She was also a hunter gatherer, who was at home in her bush environment. She knew things. And did things.

Professor William Te Rangiua (Pou) Temara (Ngāi Tuhoe)

Through Reciprocity Gifts are Transformed

We know work that decolonises is healing and that transformation is a journey not a destination.  If we are to realise a halt to the violence whānau Māori experience, then we are required to be activists in our whānau, communities and homelands.  Tūpuna have left us many gifts, and it is our responsibility to figure out how to apply those fragments we have access to.

Ngaropi Cameron (Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa)

Settler Colonialism as a Social Determinant of Indigenous Health

Bonnie Duran is a Professor in the Schools of Social Work and Public Health at the University of Washington (UW), in Seattle. She has worked in public health and social care research, education, and practice with a focus on Native Americans/Indigenous Peoples and other communities of colour for over 35 years.

Professor Bonnie Duran (Opelousas, Coushatta descendent)

Reflections on ‘Nga Vaka o Kāinga Tapu – A Pacific Conceptual Framework to Address Family Violence in New Zealand’

In this webinar Peseta Betty Sio will share her extensive experience in working in the area of Pacific Nations Family Violence prevention and intervention. Betty will reflect on the Pacific conceptual framework ‘Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu’ and the critical importance of cultural frameworks and decolonisation in the area of Family Violence Prevention and Intervention for Pacific Nations.

Peseta Betty Sio (QSO)

Black Feminist Time Travel as Liberatory Practice

This presentation draws on some of the shared journeys, experiences and strategies of Black, African-Caribbean-British feminist activists, survivors, and practitioners seeking to end all forms of violence against us. In particular, I will reflect on the work I share with my sistah-friend-colleague Dorett Jones…and the ways that we seek to [re]claim, [re]imagine and [re]route our social justice work. This presentation is about soil, memory, survival, navigation, rebellion and dreaming…in many ways it is simply an invocation of revolutionary love.

Professor Marai Larasi