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.
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 spend quality time with family and friends,” says Timara.
E Tū Whānau’s social media editor, Koha Waru said Mara’s post stood out to because it encompassed the E Tū Whānau values perfectly.
“Our Facebook page is vibrant virtual whānau so it was cool to see so many people helping each other out with their great suggestions. And it was great to be able to give whānau something for their efforts,” says Koha. 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." Read more
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
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