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.
“E Tū Whānau works because it belongs to ordinary whānau”
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.
It was shaped by frank and moving conversations with whānau all around the country. What, they asked, would really reach into the hearts of whānau Maori and make a difference? What would lift the wairua, inspire action and change in their lives. What would inspire hope for a different future?
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.
Kotahitanga – a Mangakino whānau look to united future
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.
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.
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 here.
"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.
E Tū Whānau values underpin WelTec programmes
22 June 2016
Yet another tertiary institution has adopted the E Tū Whānau kaupapa to support Māori students navigate their academic year. Inspired by NorthTec in Whangarei, the Petone-based WelTec Tamaiti Whāngai team has used the values-based framework to provide the best possible start to new Māori students. The focus of the orientation is on each student’s whānau who are included in all orientation activities. The same whanau-based approach is used for whakanui graduates at campuses throughout the Wellington region and in Auckland. Read more here.
Song competition winner shows passion for Te Ao Māori
13 June 2016
‘Whakatō Te Kākano’ performed by Tatana and Tame Tuari, Raniera Samuels and Kawai Joe of Gisborne took out first prize in the first-ever E Tū Whānau Song Competition. Entrants were invited to submit songs that inspired positive change and reflected Māori values. Read more here.
Tikanga and faith – Muslim wāhine share their experiences
2 June 2016
Māori women who have chosen Islam as their religion shared how they maintained tikanga alongside their faith at the annual Conference of the Islamic Women's Council held in Hamilton at the end of April 2016. Yazmeen Brooking and Jameela Hawkins-Elnewihy from the Hastings Māori Muslim Community said that as tangata whenua, both were of equal importance to them. They felt strongly connected to their whakapapa and whānau and were committed to maintaining Māori cultural practices while upholding their religious beliefs. Read more here.
E Tū Whānau Song Competition – Vote Now!
1 June 2016
Voting has now closed for the E Tū Whānau Song Competition (as of 31 May 2016).
The competition has attracted a massive response with 62 entries from musicians, songwriters and whānau throughout Aotearoa and support has been strong. The top ten songs with the most votes are now with the judges, Maisey Rika, Ngahiwi Apanui and Maaka McGregor. They are busy choosing the first, second and third place-getters. The song with the most votes will also receive a prize. Winners will be announced in due course. Watch this space!
Poetry creates "a united front, shaped and formed of words"
12 May 2016
"Poetry is a soul language and it's a privilege to have my poetry in English translated into Māori and Spanish because both are soul languages too,” said writer, filmmaker and visual artist Tracey Tawhiao (Ngāi te Rangi, Whakatōhea, Tūwharetoa). Tracey was speaking at the launch of Twelve Heavens, Doce Cielos, a poetry book that is a ground-breaking cultural collaboration between Aotearoa’s Latin American community and tangata whenua. Read more here
Waiwhetu Marae - urban papakāinga for 21st Century
Waiwhetu Marae, is the centre of a vibrant and long established urban papakāinga housing 120 whānau of Te Atiawa descendants near the banks of the Waiwhetu stream in Lower Hutt. Amidst powerful economic and societal change, it has supported generations of its whānau in a lifestyle that values whakapapa, whanaungatanga and manaakitanga as normal parts of daily life. Read more here.
Mana Rangatahi create the Amazing Race
Mahi tahi (co-operation) and confidence building were the hallmarks of a recent school holiday programme designed by rangatahi and based on the E Tu Whānau values. Around 50 boys and girls, aged between 8 and 14 years took part in Mana Rangatahi, a three-day programme run by Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou. Read more here
Rangatahi 'deepen their experience of being Māori'
Two successful rangatahi hui highlight E Tū Whānau’s commitment to meaningful and long term change in the wellbeing of all in Te Ao Māori, both now and in the future. One of the hui was hosted by Te Whānau-ā-Apanui iwi and held at Pahaoa marae in Te Kaha, the second was held a week later at Otamatea Marae in Te Tai Tokerau. These hui are special says E Tū Whānau kaimahi Parehuia Mafi because "they create a space for whānau to express their own truth, a space where true learning and transformation can take place.” Read more here
What we can do to make great lives
Radio Kahungunu Rangatahi announcer Crystal Edwards (Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Aitanga a Mahaki) is a dynamo. The 29-year-old broadcaster and film production assistant is a dedicated student of mahi marae, a community kaimahi for young people battling issues around alcohol and drug use and the front person for a local anti-cyberbullying campaign. She’s also a major fan of E Tū Whānau and what she describes as "its empowering, tikanga based kaupapa. I’m driven by my passion for our people and our culture and E Tu Whānau inspires me, every day,” she says.
Māoriland Film Festival nurtures rangatahi filmmakers
The amazing Māoriland Film Festival has once again given indigenous filmmakers a chance to shine. The Festival, which is in its third year, is an international event that celebrates indigenous voices and storytelling in film. Its kaupapa includes encouraging and promoting rangatahi filmmakers, an initiative that is supported by E Tū Whānau through its sponsorship of the Rangatahi Filmmaking Awards. Read about the winners here.
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Rugby league supports tāne as leaders and role models
E Tū Whānau has partnered with the Upper Central Zone Rugby League to develop an ‘E Tū Tāne’ strategy that nurtures ‘good blokes’ on and off the field. Upper Central Zone General Manager, Sash Stosic, is a strong advocate and kahukura (leader) of the E Tū Whānau kaupapa. He says that its values and focus on positive reinforcement, align perfectly with the codes' philosophy, both on and off the field.
"This haka is my heart on my sleeve"
Tamihana Katene says the haka he wrote for the Ngāti Pōneke Young Māori Club to perform at the Wellington Regional Kapa Haka Championships 2016 at Te Rā o Te Raukura festival in Lower Hutt. Tamihana said that 'He Mate Tā te Waiponapona', came straight from the heart.
"This haka is my heart on my sleeve – I see around me a lot of proud people talking about how Māori look after our children and partners. I think it’s hypocritical – babies are still being hurt, domestic violence is still happening. We see things we don’t like but we keep quiet about them and I believe we have to stop doing that. We have to confront these things," says Tamihana. The haka has a strong connection to the E Tu Whānau Charter of Commitment. Read more
Te Ao Māori takes a stand against violence
Whānau from Te Tai Tokerau (Northland) to Ōtepoti (Dunedin) are declaring publicly that violence, in all its forms, is unacceptable by signing the E Tu Whānau Charter of Commitment and upholding the kaupapa behind it.
Sign the Charter here.
They are challenging themselves, and others, to uphold that tikanga in their own whānau. Many are sharing their personal reasons for signing and encouraging others to do the same, using social media or in face to face interactions.
Check out their kōrero here. Read more
Stop the violence – sign the Charter
Throughout Aotearoa whānau are taking action to stop violence in their communities by coming together to sign the E Tu Whānau Charter of Commitment and to discuss the kaupapa behind it.
Signing the Charter is a step anyone can take to encourage debate, action and change. Join the movement whānau.