Kōrero and reflections about Violence within Whānau and Mahi Tūkino — A Litany of Sound Revisited

This webinar was held on 22 May 2024. Watch the recording of the webinar and read Violence within Whānau and Mahi Tūkino — A Litany of Sound Revisited. For an overview of the Litany of Sound Revisited see our news story New report compiles decades of contemporary mātauranga on violence.

About the webinar

Violence within Whānau and Mahi Tūkino — A Litany of Sound Revisited is an in-depth literature review that brings together contemporary mātauranga from Māori researchers in one book. This webinar is a wayfinder, to continue the kōrero from this report with speakers who reflected on research and real-life expertise. The speakers include the author of the book, Denise Wilson, along with Poata Watene, Ngarongo Eaton and Te Whetu Mairangi (Whetu Horo) Balzer-Horo.

Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua.

I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on my past.

The speakers shared kōrero based on:

  1. past evidence and learnings
  2. present insights and issues alongside
  3. future dreams and aspirations from the next generation.

Their kōrero blends research with real life expertise and solutions from the flaxroots, from Māori kaimahi perspectives working in family violence and sexual violence in the community.


Denise Wilson (Tainui, Ngāti Porou ki Harataunga, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Oneone, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is the author of the Litany of Sound and a member of Te Pūkotahitanga (Tangata Whenua Ministerial Advisory Group). She is an Associate Dean of Māori Advancement and Professor of Māori Health at Auckland University of Technology. She advocates for health and social outcomes improvement for whānau Māori (Indigenous peoples of Aotearoa). Denise served on the Family Violence Death Review Committee, chaired the Family Violence Prevention Investment Advisory Board, was the Deputy Chair of the Family Violence Prevention Expert Advisory Group, and was a member of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Te Rōpū Māori (Māori Advisory Group).

Te Whetumairangi (Whetu Horo) Balzer-Horo (Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa, Taranaki, Ngāti Porou) is a member of the Expert Advisory Group for Children and Young People working with Te Puna Aonui to inform how mokopuna can be involved in the implementation of Te Aorerekura. She is also a Rangatahi Ora Lead at Te Rau Ora at the Centre of Māori Suicide Prevention, spearheading initiatives aimed at enhancing rangatahi wellbeing and suicide prevention. She has worked in a range of roles focused on youth well-being and suicide prevention including at Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa and Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora. For Whetu, “recognizing and nurturing the potential in youth is more than a job; it's a privilege. Every interaction is a reminder that the future is bright, and being a part of that journey is an honour.”

Ngarongo Eaton-Brown (Ngā Ariki Kaiputahi, Whakatōhea, Tūhoe) is Kaiwhakahaere of Whaiora Sexual Violence Specialist Services. She has been working in the sexual violence sector for 15 years but says “If you had told me at High School that I was gonna be the Kaiwhakahaere/Manager for a Kaupapa Māori Counselling Service, I would have cracked up laughing. I didn’t have the belief at the time that I could be anything other than a caregiver.” She believes that sexual violence is a violation of whakapapa. And the only way whakapapa can be restored is by having those “hard to have” conversations with each other in a safe space. And as a Kaitiaki of these korero it is her commitment to her community to ensure that these are happening, and healing is taking place.

Poata Watene (Waikato Tainui, Ngāi Te Rangi) is the co-chair of Te Pūkotahitanga (Tangata Whenua Ministerial Advisory Group). He is a kaitiaki specialist of te ao Māori who has transformed the culture and practices of organisations he has worked for and had leadership roles in for more than 20 years. This includes his role as Chief Executive of Tuu Oho Mai Services (formerly HAIP – the Hamilton Abuse Intervention Project) which transformed into Te Ao Māori Family Violence specialist service with a vision of building resilient whānau. Poata has extensive experience in therapy, te ao Māori healing and in restorative pathways which have improved the lives of whānau and provided him with valuable insights into what works for Māori.

Panel host: Charlotte Moore (Rangitāne o Wairau) is Kaiwhakahaere at the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse.