NZFVC Quick Reads: 16 May 2024

Thu 16 May 2024

This Quick Reads covers: • NZQA accreditation for Pacific Family Violence Prevention Training • New report, webinar on conversion practice in Aotearoa • 2024 Symposium on Māori experiences of intergenerational trauma, recovery, healing • Pasifika video resources challenging mental health stigma

NZFVC Quick Reads: 16 May 2024

Welcome to our Quick Reads format. Each week we share selected news bites relevant to family violence and sexual violence in Aotearoa. See all past NZFVC Quick reads.

A reminder that our NZFVC 2024 survey is still open but will be closing Friday 17 May 2024. We would like to know what is working well and how we could improve. Please take a few minutes to share your feedback with us.

NZQA accreditation awarded to Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu

The Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu programme has been approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). The training programme is a partnership between Pasefika Proud and The Cause Collective. Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu provides capability training programmes for frontline workers, practitioners and Pacific communities who work with Pacific families affected by family violence on applying Pacific cultural values and practices in their work. See our event listing for upcoming sessions for this annual training.

New report and webinar recording on conversion practices in Aotearoa

A new research report has been published, Conversion practices in Aotearoa New Zealand: Developing a holistic response to spiritual abuse (2024). Te Kāhui Tika Tangata NZ Human Rights Commission, which funded the research, also held a webinar where a panel discussed the report’s findings. The panel included Dr Michael Roguski (Te Āti Awa; Ngāti Tūwharetoa), who co-authored the report with Dr Nicola Atwool. The Human Rights Commission’s Conversion practices webpage contains a number of resources and links to service providers for people working with survivors of conversion practices.

2024 Symposium on Māori experiences of intergenerational trauma, recovery, and healing.

Registrations are now open for 2024 He Pounga waihoe nā ō mātua symposium: Symposium of Māori experiences of intergenerational trauma, recovery and healing. This free, in-person event is on 13 June 2024 in Whanganui and is being organised by Te Atawhai o Te Ao: Independent Māori Institute for Environment and Health. Keynote speakers include Dr Cherryl Waerea-i-te-rangi Smith (Ngā Wairiki/Ngāti Apa, Ngai Tumapuhiarangi, Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngai Tahu) and Prof. Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou).

Pasifika families share their stories in new video series to challenge stigma around mental health

The Unspoken Series explores the stories of 5 Pasifika families living with mental health issues, sharing both their struggles and their triumphs. The 5 videos were produced by AIGAMUA, a Pacific mental health promotion organisation, with support from Pasefika Proud, with the purpose of breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health in Pacific communities.

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