July 05, 2022
Māori advisors steer violence strategy
The Minster for Family and Sexual Violence says the appointment of a tangata whenua ministerial advisory group is a major step forwards for her Te Aorerekura strategy.
Marama Davidson says Māori have said they don’t want to just work with officials but need a direct line to ministers.
The 11 members are people with years of experience in research, advocacy and practice.
They also know how government systems work and what they need to do to push through.
“The system of responding to and preventing family violence, sexual violence has to shift quite dramatically and the strategy outlines the different ways. For example, a strategy on primary prevention which we’ve never had. For example a focus on healing, on joining the system up so that agencies and the sector are not working in isolation,” Ms Davidson says.
The kaitiaki roopu who were part of designing kura also independently designed the process for selecting the advisory panel.