Kiribati Leaders meet to progress three-year family violence prevention plan

Kiribati Leaders from across New Zealand and the project team who developed the Maneaba Strategic Action Plan (Kiribati Family Violence Prevention Plan) concluded a successful maungatabu (forum) held in Auckland on May 6-7. 

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They came together to agree the actions to be implemented for a three-year Maneaba Strategic Action Plan (MSAP) for Kiribati Communities in New Zealand.
The MSAP was put in place to implement the prevention work from the “Conceptual Framework for enhancing I-Kiribati wellbeing – Boutokaan te mweeraoi” which is part of the Ministry of Social Development’s ‘Nga Vaka o Kaiga Tapu’ series of frameworks to address family violence in New Zealand.
Facilitator and Project Lead, Rose Sinclair says the maungatabu has enabled an agreement on a number of clear actions to be further implemented from out of the Maneaba Strategic Action Plan, some in time for independence celebrations in July.
“All invited speakers were very informative and all those around the table agreed with the direction for the Plan and that will be passed on to those who were unable attend,” she says.
It was the first significant meeting since leaders and community members met at the maungatabu in August 2016 in Auckland.
“We are the smallest of all the recognised Pacific groups in New Zealand and we are spread throughout the country, so to be provided with resources to assist us in establishing this action plan is crucial and much appreciated.”