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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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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 WelTec Tamaiti Whāngai team in Petone has used the values-based framework to provide the best possible start to new Māori students. The focus of the WelTec Orientation is on each student’s whānau who are included in all Orientation activities. The same whanau-based approach is used for graduates at campuses throughout the Wellington region and in Auckland.

This approach also helps students to connect with community health and social services providers as well as upskilling 300 staff across all campuses in the Māori world view. 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.

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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.

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"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 hereRead 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

Read the Charter here.



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