NZFVC Weekly Quick Reads: 1 November 2023

Wed 01 Nov 2023

This week we are launching a new Quick Reads format that will share recent news relevant to family violence and sexual violence in Aotearoa. This week we cover: • Disability and sexual safety for children, • National Niue Strategic Wellbeing Plan, • New E Tū Whānau resources, • Rising racist and online violence experienced by Māori, • A Kapa haka approach to kaimahi wellbeing.

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Quick Reads: 1 November 2023

Welcome to our new Quick Reads format. Each week we will share selected news bites relevant to family violence and sexual violence in Aotearoa. This is a new format and we welcome your feedback. Let us know what you think at We will continue to publish our longer in-depth news stories as well.  

New podcast focuses on sexual safety for Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent children

HELP Auckland and Rape Prevention Education have launched The Courage Club — a series of recorded podcasts for parents or caregivers of Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent children about sexual safety. The goal is to encourage brave conversations about disability and sexual safety. The podcasts cover talking about the awkward stuff, helping tamariki to understand their body and their needs, navigating carers and visitors in and out of the home, building the foundations for their positive sexual wellbeing and identity, and practical steps.

Launch of Moui Olaola, National Niue Strategic Wellbeing Plan 2023-2025

Niue communities in Aotearoa New Zealand and Pasefika Proud launched Moui Olaola, National Niue Strategic Wellbeing Plan 2023-2025 in October 2023. Moui Olaola outlines 5 strategic wellbeing priorities along with strategic wellbeing national actions and ongoing regional actions. Also see the previously launched Lalawa Ni Tiko Vinaka: the National Fijian Wellbeing Plan 2022-2025 and Kāiga Tokelau Wellbeing National Strategic Plan 2022-2026.

E Tū Whānau cards promote values

E Tū Whānau has created pass-along cards that summarise the 6 E Tū Whānau values and encourage kōrero of what the value look like in practice. The 6 values are aroha, whanaungatanga, whakapapa, mana manaaki, kōrero awhi and tikanga. The cards and related resources can be ordered through the E Tū Whānau website or by emailing

Indigenous women speak about rise in online violence

Wāhine Māori and Indigenous women spoke at the trans-Tasman online safety conference, co-hosted by Netsafe and Australia's eSafety Commissioner, about the rise in online violence targeted Indigenous women. The panel included Taaniko Nordstrom, Linda Clay, and Kayla Cartledge, and was led by Amokura Panoho, a member of Te Pūkotahitanga, the Tangata Whenua Ministerial Advisory Group. Recent media from the NZ Herald (The harsh and unregulated reality of online safety for Indigenous women) and Stuff ('Rampant' increase of digital harm on Indigenous women, conference told) highlighted comments from the speakers included in their lived experience. Waatea News interviewed Amokura Panoho (Amokura Panoho | Member of Te Pūkotahitanga) and Te Karere interviewed Amokura Panoho and Kayla Cartledge (Indigenous women share racist online experiences at conference).

Report from Disinformation Project identifies rising anti-Māori racism, with significant impact to wāhine Māori

The Disinformation Project published Race and rage: Examining rising anti-Māori racism and white supremacist ideologies in Aotearoa New Zealand in October 2023. The report shows that disinformation is contributing to a rise in anti-Māori racism and exposure to white supremacist beliefs in Aotearoa New Zealand. Kate Hannah, Director and Founder of The Disinformation Project, said "As we’ve seen this week, these offline harms are having the most impact on wāhine Māori, and our research echoes this." For more information listen to the interviews with Kate Hannah on Waatea News and Te Ao Māori News.

Kapa haka competition supports kaimahi wellbeing

The NZ Herald highlighted a kapa haka competition in Waikato, hosted by Tuu Oho Mai to connect kaimahi, both Māori and tauiwi,  in the private and public sector with how culture can offer healing. Poata Watene is the CEO of Tuu Ohu Mai Services and member of Te Pūkotahitanga, the Tangata Whenua Ministerial Advisory Group. He said "Our why was really simple, it was about using kapa haka as a vehicle to give all our kaimahi across the sector greater insights into the benefits of how we use culture to heal." Tuu Oho Mai is a Te Ao Māori Family Violence specialist service provider who works with whānau and families affected by family violence.

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