Addressing family violence and sexual violence will significantly improve the wellbeing of all people in Aotearoa New Zealand. Te Aorerekura is the National Strategy and Action Plan setting out a new collective path to eliminate family violence and sexual violence.
Te Aorerekura: the National Strategy and Action Plan to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence was launched in December 2021 by the Joint Venture. This strategy outlines key shifts over 25 years to eliminate family violence and sexual violence.
The Action Plan outlines the specific actions government agencies and communities will carry out to achieve these shifts. Manatū Wāhine is leading on Action 4: Wāhine Māori leadership succession under Shift 1 (towards strength-based wellbeing).
We are contributing to the implementation of five other actions of Te Aorerekura:
- Strengthening wāhine Māori leadership.
- Supporting the annual Te Aorerekura hui.
- Funding communities to engage in collective monitoring, sharing and learning.
- Continuously developing and improving the learning system through the collection of evidence and voices of women and girls.
- working together to finalise measurement framework.
In July 2022, the Joint Venture was renamed to Te Puna Aonui – the Joint Venture for the Elimination of Family Violence and Sexual Violence.
Te Puna Aonui is made up of ten government agencies who are responsible for working together, and with Māori, communities, and the wider family violence and sexual violence sectors. Manatū Wāhine Ministry for Women is an associate agency to Te Puna Aonui. As an associate agency, we support them by providing a gendered perspective and advice, work with them to engage with groups and communities of women and girls, and participating in the data and insights group.
The goals of Te Puna Aonui are to:
- improve the way government works to prevent and respond to family violence and sexual violence.
- coordinate strategic policy, investment, evidence, and best practice approaches to agencies’ delivery.
- monitor and help resolve challenges, roadblocks, and other points of tension that arise in the sector.
- report to the Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence as the Lead Minister for this work.