May 18, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Maori women say traditional values are the key to combatting violence

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Te Wharepora Hou Maori womens group calls on Maori across the country to commit to removing family violence by returning to traditional values and practices.

The violence experienced in our home and whanau is a direct outcome of colonisation which has removed whanau from the tikanga that mitigates such abuse said Associate Professor Leonie Pihama of Waikato University. “

We must not tolerate this form of destruction within our homes. Nor should we tolerate the ongoing violence perpetuated by the Crown on our whanau” she states.

Te Wharepora Hou has been working to raise awareness of a range of issues that impact on Maori whanau.

Founding member Marama Davidson is also a part of the Glenn Inquiry into domestic violence and child abuse. She has been on the panels to ensure the voices of all whanau are heard, including Maori women and children.

“Maori women are saying very clearly that our values need to return to collective responsibility. They want better connected communities and have experienced how isolation has removed them from a shared intolerance on violence.”

The rate of Family Violence for Maori is disproportionately high. Te Wharepora Hou is committed to providing information to support to Maori Providers and Healers at the forefront of supporting whanau to wellbeing. Dr Pihama is a Principal Investigator in the Health Research Council Funded programme ‘He Kokonga Whare’. The programme was awarded to Te Atawhai o Te Ao Research Institute (Whanganui) to investigate issues of Historical and Intergenerational Trauma on Maori.

“The programme is at the cutting edge of engaging Historical Trauma and the need for Trauma informed approaches in Aotearoa” says Dr Pihama. This work contributes to an understanding of the origins of whanau violence in Aotearoa that stems from genocidal and ethnocidal acts imposed on whanau, hapu and iwi”.

Te Wharepora Hou calls on whanau, hapu and iwi to take a zero tolerance stand on violence within and against whanau.

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Marama Davidson
021 025 88302

Dr Leonie Pihama
021 274 1177


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