MSD invites registrations of interest to support men's behaviour change

Thu 24 Aug 2023

The Ministry of Social Development is seeking registrations of interest for 2 different initiatives related to men's behaviour change: Te Huringa ō Te Ao Supporting men’s behaviour change and Whānau Safety Service.

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Te Huringa ō Te Ao Supporting men’s behaviour change

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has issued Registration of Interest (ROI) 27912050 for Te Huringa ō Te Ao - Supporting men’s behaviour change on the Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS). MSD is looking for experienced and specialist family violence providers who deliver a range of responses that support behaviour change for men using violence, including indigenous approaches to safe, effective and culturally responsive services, to submit registrations of interest for Te Huringa ō Te Ao.

Key dates for this tender:

24 August 2023: ROI briefings

4 September 2023: deadline for questions

14 September 2023: closing date to submit ROI response.

There are 2 parts, or tranches to this procurement. This is the 1st tranche. It covers the Police Districts of Auckland City, Bay of Plenty, Counties Manakau, Waikato, Waitematā and Wellington. The 2nd tranche will take place in February 2024 and covers the Police Districts of Canterbury, Central, Eastern, Northland, Southern, Tasman.

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MSD has provided detailed information about Te Huringa ō Te Ao on their website. Te Huringa ō Te Ao takes a long-term approach to support sustainable behaviour change for men to restore whānau wellbeing. It is intended to offer a wide variety of culturally responsive, flexible support, through the journey of change and into the potential of healing. The MSD information states:

"Te Huringa ō Te Ao aims to create opportunities for communities to reimagine support for men harming others by centering whānau voice. Through this initiative, providers will deliver services to men and their whānau.

The name, Te Huringa ō Te Ao, was gifted from MSD’s E Tū Whānau, Māori Partnerships and Programmes team. It references the fact that there are profound moments in the life of tāne and men. The name captures the moment of change and transformation for individuals, their whānau and whakapapa. It represents the limitless potential of change and transformation."

According to MSD, "Providers who are successful for Te Huringa ō Te Ao will receive long-term contracts up to 9.5 years, with FTE based funding. The first two and a half years of the contract will be flexible for providers to do both service development and/or service delivery. This will be community-led and MSD-supported." It also notes providers can undertake service development as well as service delivery.

The GETS ROI also notes that Te Huringa ō Te Ao is intended to increase access to support for men using violence by "...increasing geographical coverage, expanding the range of responses available, investing in the specialist family violence workforce, and increasing support for Māori, Pacific and ethnically diverse communities."

Find more information from MSD about Te Huringa ō Te Ao – Supporting Men’s Behaviour Change including the framework, the development and procurement, and how it will work. Also see the Research and Readings that informed Te Huringa ō Te Ao approach.

The MSD August 2023 Family Violence and Sexual Violence update also includes background, noting this initiative was formerly known as Users of Violence – supporting behaviour change for men using violence.

Whānau Safety Service (WSS)

Update: The MSD Request for Proposals for Whānau Safety Services in two regions is now available on GETS (RFx ID : 27986382). Proposals are due 27 September 2023.

The MSD August 2023 Family Violence and Sexual Violence update also included information about the upcoming Whānau Safety Service (WSS) tender. This tender is only for providers in the Bay of Plenty and Wellington regions. MSD chose these 2 regions because of the high number of Police Safety Orders issued.

WSS is a new initiative that builds on the existing MSD wraparound housing services. It is an early intervention service for people that have been issued a Police Safety Order (PSO). The MSD update notes that WSS will include:

"• 24/7 supported accommodation

• a risk and needs assessment to identify the level of risk and need for all PSO bound people and where possible, their whānau

• access to general support and/or therapeutic interventions

• kaimahi outreach to work with PSO bound people who do not require supported accommodation."

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Whānau Safety Service (WSS) will be live on GETS on 28 August 2023. MSD provided advance notice of this tender on GETS in July 2023. For questions about this tender contact

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