Launch of He Waka Eke Noa Māori cultural frameworks for violence prevention and intervention

Wed 25 Oct 2023

A series of free webinars will share the findings from the final He Waka Eke Noa report.

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The findings from the He Waka Eke Noa project will be released in a series of free online webinars hosted by Tū Tama Wāhine o Taranaki in October and November 2023. He Waka Eke Noa is a comprehensive study of Māori understandings and experiences of violence. It includes the first national survey of Māori experiences of violence and pathways to intervene and prevent violence. Registration for the webinars is free.

The information from Tū Tama Wāhine o Taranaki describes the project:

“He Waka Eke Noa is a co-designed Kaupapa Māori project that is driven by Iwi and Māori social service provider aspirations to investigate the role of cultural frameworks in strengthening family and sexual violence prevention and intervention policies, practices and programmes.”

It also says:

“The project is grounded upon Kaupapa Māori theory and methodology and all components of the project are co-designed and co-produced whereby there is a strong commitment from all parties to ensure that tikanga, te reo, mātauranga Māori and whanaungatanga provide us with both cultural and ethical ways to progress this work to benefit whānau, hapū, iwi, urban Māori and Māori organisations.”

The webinars will take place over 3 Fridays, starting 27 October 2023, with 3 sessions each day. Findings will be presented by Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Professor Leonie Pihama, Dr Cherryl Waerea-i-te-rangi Smith, Rihi Te Nana and Shirley Simmonds. Drawing on the research, the series highlights effective, evidence-based preventions and interventions for family and sexual violence, grounded in kaupapa Māori.

The webinars include the following sessions:

Friday 27 October 2023 – Contextualising and defining whānau violence

  • 9 am–10.30 am He Waka Eke Noa – Introduction / Te Horopaki: Contexting Violence upon Māori and Indigenous Peoples – Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith
  • 12 pm–1.30 pm Defining Family Violence for Māori: Intersectionality and Violence – Professor Leonie Pihama
  • 2.30 pm–4 pm Historical and Intergenerational Trauma: A Genealogy of Violence – Dr. Cherryl Waerea-i-te-rangi Smith

Friday 3 November 2023– Tikanga approaches to prevention and intervention

  • 9 am–10.30 am Tikanga and Mātauranga Māori: Cultural Understandings and Healing – Rihi Te Nana
  • 12 pm–1.30 pm Tikanga, Mātauranga and Healing Practices – Professor Leonie Pihama
  • 2.30 pm–4 pm Rangatiratanga – Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Friday 10 November 2023 – He Waka Eke Noa: Findings and meanings

  • 9 am–10.30 am He Waka Eke Noa National Survey: Whānau Ora / Paeora – Shirley Simmonds
  • 12 pm–1.30 pm He Waka Eke Noa National Survey: Mauri Ora / Waiora – Shirley Simmonds
  • 2.30 pm–4 pm He Waka Eke Noa: Māori Cultural Frameworks for Violence Prevention and Intervention – Reflections from Kaupapa Māori Practitioners – Ngaropi Raumati and Billie-Jean Cassidy

Each session focuses on a chapter of the He Waka Eke Noa report. The report is due to be released in November 2023.

Register for free to attend any or all of the sessions. For questions about registration email

Initial results from the project were previously presented at He Waka Eke Noa Conference in Christchurch in October 2022. Presenters at that hui explored questions including:

  • How do Māori understand violence?
  • What part do atua play in understanding violence?
  • What does healing look like to Māori?
  • How has the State failed whānau Māori?
  • How do we create structural change?

Watch recordings from those presentations and previous webinars that shared early findings from the project. Also see early results in He Waka Eke Noa Survey: brief report of data on State violence.

He Waka Eke Noa is hosted by Tū Tama Wāhine o Taranaki. The project was developed in collaboration with Tū Tama Wāhine o Taranaki and Te Puna Oranga with funding from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.

Related news

Te Pūkotahitanga, the Tangata Whenua Ministerial Advisory Group, is hosting the first National Wānanga specifically tailored for Māori working in family violence and sexual violence on 7 December 2023. The theme for the Wānanga is He whatumanawa ki tua. Te Pūkotahitanga's mission for the day is to exchange whakaaro on how to eliminate family violence and sexual violence through te ao Māori perspectives. Register for free by 22 November 2023.

Related media

Shirley Simmonds | Spokeperson for ‘He Waka Eke Noa’ Māori Cultural Frameworks for Violence Prevention and Intervention Spokesperson, Waatea News, 15.08.2023

Survey reveals widespread violence, Waatea News, 15.08.2023

Shirley Simmonds / He Waka Eke Noa National Survey, Waatea News, 14.08.2023

Indigenous knowledge for health and wellbeing, RNZ, 17.06.2023

Linda Tuhiwai Smith: Healing our trauma, E-Tangata, 20.03.2022

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