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.
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 that if talking about their experience of standing up to domestic violence can help others they’re happy to do it. “When I went through my struggles with my partner Orongomai Marae was here to support me, as it is for so many people. If I can help others in any way, then I will,” says Sam. Read more
Social services team tautoko and 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
Hawkes Bay whānau honour Kahukura
11 October 2016
Whānau from throughout Hawkes Bay came together recently to walk, talk and honour local Kahukura and social change agent, Pat McGill on his 90th birthday. E Tū Whānau stalwart, Denis O’Reilly says the former businessman, local Rugby Union official and tireless community worker, is a true Kahukura. "A Kahukura leads by taking action and is judged by the quality of his or her actions.” Read more
Bikers live and breathe E Tū Whānau values
1 October 2016
When Jackson August, Makere Rika-Heke, Lisa Smith and Tiki O'Brien get together, they have fun while dealing with a serious topic. They are part of a group of 15 men and women who braved the wet spring weather to attend a hui of White Ribbon Riders to talk about the E Tū Whānau kaupapa. Sue Rudman explains. “We’re social riders from different bike groups like the Patriots, Tribal National or Whānau Kotahi. We ride together because we’re Māori and we’re passionate about doing everything we can to prevent family violence and transgressions of all kinds against whānau.” Read more
“E Tū Whānau works because it belongs to ordinary whānau”
1 September 2016 The E Tū Whānau journey began eight years ago when a group from across Aotearoa gathered at Hopuhopu to discuss the disastrous effect family violence was having on whānau, hapū and Iwi. They decided that change would only happen when responsibility was taken by individuals and whānau for the issues confronting our people, and for the solutions. E Tū Whānau grew from that kōrero and mandate. And so it is that E Tū Whānau developed a kaupapa Māori approach, one owned and led by Māori and based on tikanga and Māori values and ways of doing things. Find out more about E Tū Whānau, what it is, where it came from and why it's working. Read more
Kotahitanga – a Mangakino whānau look to united future
August 2016 Whanaungatanga and frank, heartfelt kōrero were shared, with aroha at a weekend E Tū Whānau wānanga held recently at Pouakani Marae in the South Waikato town of Mangakino. It was the third in a series run by Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa to talk about how to live the E Tū Whānau kaupapa values in each community.
Noelene Reti believes it's time to reunite whānau. "Maybe we could work towards bringing our people back together again under one umbrella. We need a new kind of Kotahitanga movement for the safety of our moko, our tamariki, our iwi. It's an obligation we have from Mana Atua to our mokopuna," she says. Read more
We all have the power within to create positive change
22 July 2016 E Tū Whānau kahukura, Norm Hewitt has a big heart, a sharp mind and a great deal of faith in the potential within us all for positive change. He says that we all have the power within to make choices that create change, no matter how hard that choice may be.
The former New Zealand Māori Rugby team captain and All Black says his involvement with E Tū Whānau confirms that belief.
His journey to understand the root of his own anger and violent behaviour as a teenager lead him to uncover patterns of inter-generational violence. The aroha and strength his parents show in facing up to these hard truths and working through them as a whānau is movingly shown in the documentary Making Good Men. Read more
Turanga FM whānau excel at Iwi radio awards
15 July 2016
Gisborne’s Turanga FM’s whānau were over the moon when they won the coveted Station of the Year tohu at the recent (July 9) 2016 Māori Radio Awards in Rotorua. But it was their whaunaunga, Tatana and Tame Tuari, Raniera Samuels, Te Irirangi Maxwell and Kawai Joe, who bought the house down on with their live rendition of ‘Whakatō Te Kākano’, the winning waiata in the E Tū Whānau Song competition. Read more
"When I learn about te reo Māori, I learn about me”
“What I have just covered (the E Tū Whānau values) are what te reo Māori means to me and when I learn about te reo Māori, I learn about me.”
That’s how 13-year-old Candis Brunning ended her speech about the E Tū Whānau values at the recent Te Arawa Manu Kōrero regional competition in Taupo. She was greeted by silence. “You could have heard a pin drop," says her mother, Mere Keane. “People were captured by her speech. Some had tears in their eyes. A kuia she had never met before was moved to come up and embrace her. It was very moving.” Read more here.