A new initiative to tackle family violence in the Pacific community is being touted as groundbreaking by MP Tariana Turia.
The associate minister of social development launched Nga Vaka o Ka¨ iga Tapu, a framework for addressing family violence, in Auckland earlier this month.
She also launched seven associated specific cultural frameworks for the Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu.
‘‘ Understanding cultural perspectives and the way people from Pacific communities view the world and applying that to our practice – the way we work with them – will, I believe, help produce solutions that effect real changes to family violence inci- dence in our Pacific communities,’’ said Mrs Turia.
The frameworks were commissioned by the Ministry of Social Development, and the work was led by the Pacific Advisory Group which advises government on addressing family violence in Pacific communities.
All documents are available at familyservices.govt.nz.