Toi Tū Te Whānau: workshop on whānau and whakapapa for public policy

Superu and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga co-hosted 'Toi Tū Te Whānau, Toi Tū Te Kāwai Whakapapa: A workshop on whānau and whakapapa for public policy' in Wellington on 29 May 2018.

The aims of the workshop were to contribute to a public sector better equipped to:

  • comprehend the nature of whānau and whakapapa within Aotearoa New Zealand society
  • positively respond to the unique characteristics of whānau in addressing the needs and aspirations of Māori throughout the country.


Issues covered Speakers
The criminal justice system in New Zealand                                                                                       

Professor Tracey McIntosh (Tūhoe), Co-Head of Te Wānanga o Waipapa, University of Auckland and Principal Investigator, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

Kim Workman (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane), adjunct research associate at the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University

Connections and flows: precariate Māori households today

Dr Mohi Rua (Tūhoe), Co-Director of the Māori & Psychology Research Unit, University of Waikato and Co-Theme Leader – Mauri Ora, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

Dr Shiloh Groot (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Uenukukopako), Senior Lecturer, Social Psychology at the University of Auckland, Co-Chair for the New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness

Tamariki and the family court

Professor Jacinta Ruru FRSNZ (Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui)Co-Director, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, Professor of Law at University of Otago

Tania Williams (Ngāti Pukenga, Te Arawa (Tapuika, Waitaha)), Principal, Te Kōpū Legal

Whānau and whakapapa, wellbeing and trends Professor Tahu Kukutai (Ngāti Tipa, Waikato-Maniapoto, Te Aupouri), head of the NIDEA research programme Te Para One E Tū Mai Nei: Māori and indigenous futures, Vice-President of the Population Association of New Zealand Council


Nearly 200 people where involved in:

  • asserting the importance of whānau as a bona fide aspect of Aotearoa New Zealand society
  • embracing and understanding the distinctiveness of whānau and whakapapa as a critical factor for public policy
  • further recognising the efficacy of best practice models based on Māori paradigms for public policy
  • providing evidence for how public policy can empower whānau as a way to improve the lives of Māori and all New Zealanders living in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • identifying how public policies, programmes and services can be reshaped to better meet the needs of whānau.

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Media coverage of the issues

RNZ Morning Report: Māori lawyers say Family Court not working for whānau (31 May 2018)


Event date: 
29 May 2018
Event Type: 
Superu events
Last update: 31 May 2018