In Aotearoa, we are struggling with the battle of family violence. The mortality rates are growing, and investigations have shown that these deaths were all preventable. The Family Violence Death Review Committee report that often women and children present and disclose their fears for safety and life to an agency or a service at least 18 months prior to death.
Tiakina Te Āhuru Mōwai aims at keeping women and children alive by decolonising attitudes, processes, and management approaches which current service provider and government agencies use when supporting whānau. Tiakina te Āhuru Mōwai seeks to place the prominent caregiver at the centre of service provider response and enable, coach, and mentor the whānau through the crisis event towards wellbeing. Tiakina Te Āhuru Mōwai turns statutory responses to wellbeing on its head and moves towards a more humanistic response.
Tiakina Te Āhuru Mōwai is a common sense non-systemised response to supporting organisations to reassess their practice and service approach. The goals of the wānanga are simple: to stop women and children dying; to educate providers on whānau-centred practice; and to understand, identify, and support the safety of women and children affected by violence.
How do we do that? By having ‘hard conversations’ about practice and by decolonising current contract and service management approaches.
The Tiakina Te Āhuru Mōwai team includes Kirimatao Paipa, Rolinda Karapu, Karina Cootes, Lanell Wharekura, Connie Kopaem, and Ariana Simpson.
Over the past six weeks Te Rau Matatini and Kia Maia Limited have run four Wananga; one in Tāmaki Makaurau and three in Kirikiriroa. Wānanga participants came from Tauranga, Rotorua, Kirikiriroa, and Tāmaki Makaurau. There are three more wānanga taking place in Kirikiriroa in September 2018 for frontline as well as executive and management staff.
To register a place at an upcoming Tiakina Te Āhuru Mōwai wānanaga visit: www.tewakahourua.eventbrite.com
These wānanga are appropriate for anyone who works with Māori, frontline and management of service providers, community groups, and government agencies
For more information, please contact [email protected]