Growing NZFVC commitment to Te Tiriti

Wed 22 Feb 2023

The NZFVC welcomes Dr Kim McBreen as our Kaupapa Māori research Lead. This is a new position dedicated to raising the visibility of mātauranga Māori and tikanga in the work of the Clearinghouse.

We are delighted to announce that we have employed Dr Kim McBreen (Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Ngāi Tahu) as our Kaupapa Māori research Lead at the NZFVC. This is a new position dedicated to raising the visibility of mātauranga Māori and tikanga in the work of the Clearinghouse. 

Kim comes to the Clearinghouse from Te Wānanga o Raukawa, where she was a kaimahi with Te Whare Whakatupu Mātauranga and contributed to the Ahunga Tikanga programme. She will continue to be based in Ōtaki. She is a previous Fulbright Scholar, which enabled her to talk with organisers here and in the US about their experiences of ending relationship violence without the state and other systems of violence. An output from that work is Te Wānanga o Raukawa’s He Ara Mataora website

“I’m really looking forward to learning from the team at the Clearinghouse and showcasing the work with tikanga and mātauranga to support whānau wellbeing and end violence”. - Dr Kim McBreen

This new role is part of wider changes at the Clearinghouse, reflecting our responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

In 2021 the Clearinghouse appointed two new Academic Co-Directors, Dr Terry Dobbs as Academic Co-Director Māori and Professor Nicola Gavey as Academic Co-Director Tauiwi. We also established two new advisory groups (Tauiwi and Tangata Whenua) to support our work. 

The Clearinghouse vision is of families, whānau and relationships that are healthy, respectful and free from violence. We are continuing to explore how we can support Tangata Whenua as well as Tangata Tiriti in our work to support healthy and violence free lives.

Kim can be contacted at

For a full list our NZFVC team and Advisory groups see our website

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We are also excited to welcome Oanh Le to the role of project support coordinator for NZFVC. Oanh will be working with us part time while she completes her degrees in Law and Arts at the University of Auckland, majoring in Criminology and Politics/International Relations. Her passions lie in legal reform, criminal justice and working to help the most vulnerable groups in society through shaping policy.  

“I am beyond excited to be a part of such a meaningful organization whose vision of a violence-free Aotearoa I wholeheartedly subscribe to, and cannot wait to see what the year ahead has in store for NZFVC!” - Oanh Le

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