January 29, 2021
E Tu Whanau founder Ann Dysart dies
There are tears around the motu for Ann Dysart, the force behind the E Tū Whānau anti-violence programme, who died yesterday.
The Te Rarawa wahine toa was a senior manager at the Ministry of Social Development.
She was known for designing and implementing innovative social sector initiatives aimed at improving social outcomes for disadvantaged communities and groups, including significant government initiatives for Māori, single parents, refugees and migrants, and Pasefika communities.
While run out of the ministry, E Tū Whānau was designed and led by Māori to address issues of violence within whānau.
It focuses on community-level prevention within an authentic and culturally responsive context and is characterised by its kaupapa Māori approach, strong buy in from Māori across the country and a focus on innovation and collaboration.
It also includes a specific refugee and migrant component.
Ann Dysart will lie in state at her Johnsonville home for immediate whānau and friends until Saturday at 11am when she will be taken to Waiwhetu Marae in Lower Hutt, with the nehu at 10am Sunday. Moe mai e te Rangatira.
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