Dec. 1, 2017, 9:27 a.m.
The official launch of Whiria Te Muka in Te Hiku was celebrated at Te Ahu in Kaitaia. Whiria Te Muka brings a new approach to help whānau weave together a strengthened platt of increased wellness. Family harm and violence has been around for a very long time and is aquainted in nearly every culture, creed, gender and community. This initiatve is a unique, Kaitaia-based solution which focuses on preventing and reducing the family harm experienced by Te Hiku whanāu, hapu, iwi and communities.
Whiria te Muka team will be reviewing family harm incidents reported to Police with other agencies and collectively sharing knowledge, providing cultural intelligence, whakapapa and employing a whānau approach to be best connected with that whānau. The first response is to ensure the immediate safety of whānau particularly tamariki. The next step involves delivering a sustainable plan to maintain that safety and support continual behaviour change by addressing the underlying stresses on the whānau.
Aligned to the Te Hiku Social and Wellbeing Accord, this solution has been co-designed in partnership between Te Hiku iwi leaders (Ngati Takoto Ngati Kuri, Te Aupouri and Te Rarawa) and Police over the past two years.