July 22, 2022
Stand back, Māori coming through
A member of the new ministerial advisory group on the Te Aorerekura family violence and sexual violence strategy says she’d like to see the crown resource Māori and then step back.
The 11-member group is supposed to ensure matauranga Māori provides a foundation for much of the work required to tackle Aotearoa’s violence crisis.
Denise Messiter from Ngāti Pūkenga ki Waiau says kaupapa Māori providers have been developing approaches and programme, often with little support from mainstream departments.
“We need to fully resource those of our people, our whānau, hapū and iwi who are already doing the work and let them get on with the job, and then we need to be able to support government agencies to stand back and give our people the space to do the mahi they are doing,” she sasy.
The Minister for Family and Sexual Violence, Marama Davidson, says the taskforce will build on progress to establish an effective and trusted mana ki te mana Māori-Crown relationship in the sector.