Tū Pono: Te Mana Kaha o te Whānau is a whānau-driven movement that has a focus to explore ways of enabling a stronger Māori response to reduce and eliminate family harm/violence.
In 2016, Tā Mark Solomon (former Kaiwhakahaere/Chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu) called on Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu – the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency- to find a way forward in addressing family harm through the prevention of family violence. Tā Mark Solomon emphasised the importance of promoting the message of whānau empowerment and action as a platform for change. And so Tū Pono: Te Mana Kaha o te Whānau was born.
“These are extremely difficult issues. We must all hold hands together and take our whānau, particularly our tamariki, to that special place our tūpuna prepared for us. We are born of greatness. Let us live it with pride and strength. While we may acknowledge trauma and reasons for these dreadful statistics, of family violence, we must also stand up and say there is no excuse.” - Dame Tariana Turia.
Helen Leahy, Pouarahi Chief Executive of Te Pūtahitanga, has further reading available on Tū Pono Christchurch here: