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E Tū Whānau is a movement for positive change developed by Māori for Māori. It’s about taking responsibility and action in your community and supporting whānau to thrive. Read more.

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The E Tū Whānau song competition is back!

27 April 2017

Entries are now open for the 2017 E Tū Whānau Song Competition. Songs entered should inspire positive change and incorporate one or more of the six E Tū Whānau values. Daily voting commences from 1st May and is open until the end of the month. Whilst you've got until 22 May 2017 to get your song written and submitted, the sooner you enter the better so that people can start voting for you. Entry is easy – just upload footage of the song being performed to YouTube (or a photo slideshow with the song is ok too) and complete the online entry form on the E Tū Whānau Song Competition Facebook page. Make sure you check out the rules while you're there (entrants must be NZ residents aged 13 years or older). It's a great kaupapa so please like the Facebook page and share this post with lots of people.

Read about last year's Song Competition winners here

Winners of the 2017 E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Making Awards

21 March 2017

Eleven short films showcasing the vibrant and varied work of rangatahi film makers from the lower half of the North Island were screened in Ōtaki (March 16) at the fourth annual E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Making Awards.

Media personality and E Tū Whānau kaimahi, Brent Mio kept tamariki from local schools and their whānau entertained as he presented the winners with their certificates. 

“These rangatahi are inspirations to us pakeke with their fresh vision, their humour and creativity and the way they express the values that E Tū Whānau shares with Te Ao Māori. Those traditional values are designed to keep our whānau healthy and strong,” said Brent Mio.
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Rangatahi tell powerful stories through film

6 March 2017

The future of Aotearoa’s filmmaking is in good hands.  Rangatahi as young as six are currently putting the finishing touches to their entries in this year’s E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Making Challenge, a well-established feature of the internationally lauded Māoriland Film Festival. The event starts on March 15 and will be held in Otaki. “Making films gives us a chance to manaaki our gifts and to spread our messages,” says 12-year-old director Kaea Hakaraia. Read more

Te Mataatini - E Tū Whānau values in action

20 Februrary 2017

Radio Kahungunu host, and staunch advocate for the E Tū Whānau kaupapa, Crystal Edwards is one of the mainstage MCs at this year's Te Matatini (23-26 February) in Hastings. This proud wahine Kahungunu says Te Matatini 2017 will showcase the history and tikanga of her iwi. It also highlights the deep ties the E Tū Whānau kaupapa has to all things Māori. In this story she describes why she is passionate about E Tū Whānau and why it sits so well alongside this annual event. Read more

Vibrant virtual whānau share holiday activity ideas

15 February 2017

E Tū Whānau has its own whānau and you are amazing. Over a period of two weeks, more than 250 of our Facebook friends shared smart ways to keep tamariki entertained right through to the end of the school holidays. Timara Paora from Auckland (right) won a $100 petrol voucher for sharing her tips for free whānau fun. “People need to be remember you don't always need money and flash material things to have fun and spent quality time with family and friends,” says Timara. Read more

Committed to a violence free life

7 February 2017

Mikaira Pau is on a mission. He, along with other community minded whānau throughout the country, has been promoting the E Tū Whānau Charter of Commitment and the values that underpin it at marae, hui and events throughout the summer. The number of signatories keep rising but Mikaira isn’t interested in "a numbers game. People only sign the charter when they understand what they’re signing, when they’re ready to make a commitment to a violence free life for themselves and their whānau." 
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Refugees and migrants connect with E Tū Whānau values

E Tū Whānau’s violence free and whānau centered kauapapa is proudly Māori but it’s proving rich and inspirational to our refugee and migrant communities as well. Auckland’s Umma Trust ran a three-day school holiday programme where up to 20 young people had a go at using the special oblique tipped Arabic calligraphy pens to express the similarities they saw between Matariki and Ramadan.  Read more

Rangatahi show courage and leadership

19 December 2016

When E Tu Whānau’s Norm Hewitt and a Taupo-based group called Manurere visited Taupo-Nui-a-Tia college recently, their welcome was passionate and powerful. They’d gathered for a two-day noho organised by the six foundational members of Taumata Hiringa, Manurere’s rangatahi branch who are also senior Taupo-Nui-a-Tia students. Read more

Orongomai Marae – a home away from home

28 November 2016
In the final in our series about Orongomai Marae, two strong wāhine share their experiences about saying no to the domestic violence they were trapped in. For Kylie (right) and Sam, Orongomai Marae is a home away from home, a safe, supportive yet challenging place where they can grow and help others on their journey. Courageously, they both agreed to talk about their experience of standing up to domestic violence.  Read more

Social services team manaaki young men

22 November 2016

Orongomai Marae’s social services team of counsellors and social workers are as street smart as they are skilled. Their clients come from all walks of life and backgrounds but the majority of their work is with young boys, aged between 14 and 17 who are considered to be ‘at risk’. This is the second to last story in our series profiling the amazing mahi at Orongomai Marae.  Read more

Three musketeers a formidable team

16 November 2016

George Kupa, Peter Marshall and Joe Hamiora know how tough it can be for inmates returning to society after even a short stint inside. Every day Orongomai’s three-man Prisoner Reintegration team works to fill gaps in a system that offers prisoners little practical support when they walk out of those prison gates. Experience, warmth and a straight up, no nonsense relationship with their clients makes these three musketeers a formidable team. This is the fourth story profiling the inspiring mahi going on at Orongomai Marae. Read more

Kuia Raiha Hunter Ellis is there to listen

14 November 2016
Whaea Raiha Hunter Ellis likes to get her hands dirty. If she’s not using them to coax fruit and vegetables from the fertile and well worked soil of Orongomai’s community garden she’s using them to cut and peel the produce, turning what isn’t given away into preserves and jams which, in turn, are shared with those who need them. This is our third story in our series about Orongamai Marae. Read more

Wairua of Orongomai Marae "indescribable"

29 October 2016

Orongomai ‘s administration officer, Cameron Kapua-Morrell is a huge advocate of the Marae. “The wairua of this marae is indescribable.  It’s supportive and encouraging and you feel the love flowing through everything.” It also says a lot about the optimism and courage of this 20-year-old gay man who left a small East Coast village four years ago to live with his grandparents in the busy, multicultural urban environment of Stokes Valley.  The second story in our Orongomai series is another story of aroha and manaakitanga in action. Read more

Orongomai Marae offers manaaki to everyone

28 October 2016

This story is the first in a series about Upper Hutt's Orongomai Marae, a vibrant, modern urban marae striving to support the people in its community to be part of positive change for themselves and their whānau.

“From the very beginning,” says manager Linda Pahi, "this place was designed for everyone although we have a special affinity for those in the ‘too hard basket’.  Everything we do is about identifying and supporting whānau needs.”  Read more

Whānau stand against violence - sign the Charter

Over 600 whānau  took a public stand against violence in October by signing the E Tū Whānau Charter of Commitment taking the total of signatures on this historic document to more than 900.

Radio and television personality Brent Mio (pictured with his whānau) joined E Tū Whānau's Darrin Haimona on iwi radio stations throughout the motu.  Brent says pakeke of his generation have grown up with an erroneous view of their people.

“The image of us as a violent people is just plain wrong. We need to come together and reclaim our rightful heritage as people who value aroha, who delight in building the mana of others and doing things the right way according to our values.”  Read more


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