27 July 2012

Pacific Conceptual Framework for Family Violence in New Zealand

Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu  -  The Pacific Conceptual Framework


Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu  or The Pacific Conceptual Framework is a  cultural framework for addressing family violence in seven Pacific communities in New Zealand. It is informed by, and aligned with, seven ethnic specific cultural frameworks on addressing family violence.  A literature review has been produced as a guide for policy writers.

The frameworks define and explain meanings of family, violence, and key concepts and principles that promote family wellbeing for seven ethnic specific Pacific communities. They will inform the development of a training programme to assist ethnic specific practitioners, service providers and non-Pacific practitioners working with Pacific victims and perpetrators and their families affected by family.
These frameworks take a strengths-based approach.   This begins with the premise that wellbeing, peace and harmony are states that all Pacific people aspire to, and that core aspects of culture are significant in maintaining and restoring wellbeing to families.
This relational framework is underpinned by the belief that all people and things are interconnected and interdependent. It brings together shared concepts and principles that promote wellbeing across the seven ethnic groups, without disturbing their essential meanings.

The framework is a living document. As new knowledge is introduced to the ethnic specific frameworks, Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu will also evolve.

All the documents were launched on  17 May at Malae Ola Hall in Mangere, Auckland by the Minister for Family and Community Services, Hon Tariana Turia.

The nine documents that form the Pacific Conceptual Frameworks can be accessed from this page. 

Vuvale Doka Sautu - A Fijian Conceptual Framework

This document was developed by the Fijian Working Group to assist with the development of a training programme for Fijian practitioners and service providers working with victims, perpetrators, and families from our communities who have been affected by family violence.

The Fijian Working Group was led by Sai Lealea (SDL Consultancy), who also wrote the document, with members from Fijian communities in the main centres in New Zealand. 

Fijian Working Group (front l-r: Rev Dr Ilaitia Tuwere, Amalaini Ligalevu, back:l-r: Kiti Tuifagalele, Tina McNicholas, Mauree Moala, Sai Lealea)

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