Pacific Practitioners’ Forum Update
The work of a devoted group of Pacific practitioners whose aim is to combat Family Violence and Sexual Violence (FV/SV) is taking shape.
Last year (2023) Pasefika Proud reported on how the Pacific Practitioners Fono into FV/SV prevention had led to the formation of a group whose aim was to advance ideas gathered at the Fono in an effort to combat the problem in our communities.
To date, the volunteer Komiti, which is supported by Te Puna Aonui, has published three informative e-newsletter updates and the Fono report has also been released.
The report identified the key themes and messages to serve as a base document for future planning and implementation with a particular focus on frontline practice.
In the December e-newsletter it was reported that ‘’multiple connections’’, both in person and online, between practitioners and government agencies was bringing ‘’meaningful and insightful’’ Fono to the regions.
In November, Wellington, and Te Tai Tokerau were the first regions to host meetings and these were funded by Pasefika Proud.
The Chief Advisor of Te Puna Aonui, Wellington, Liz Tanielu, said almost 150 participants converged on her hometown of Porirua for the Wellington Fono.
She said the presentations provoked lots of discussion, which, in some cases, was ‘’quite confronting and challenging’’.
But it was all in the spirit of better collaboration and improving and embedding good practice in the workplace and building on what they were learning.
‘’The Fono reinforced for me that, as Pacific peoples in Aotearoa … we can role model the change we want to see,’’ Liz said.
‘’We have a track record for showing what works and what can make a difference through cultural framework and practice, we have deep connections with Pacific families and a strong shared identity as a growing and evolving people.’’
She said the work was complex, but she believed they were on the right track.
The Te Tai Tokerau regional meeting was held at the end of November in Whangarei and was described by community leader Te Hiwi Preston as ‘’liberating and packed with a sense of community responsibility’’.
He said the two-day gathering brought ‘’enlightenment, resiliency and a clearer pathway to move forward’’.
‘’(It) has made our community more aware of what is needed to eliminate family and sexual violence in our community and families,’’ he said.
‘’Our future mokopuna have the right to live in a world where they can thrive and participate without fear.’’
Three more regional FV/SV forums are planned for the near future.
An online Fono will take place on January 18 from 9am – 10.30am.
While Invercargill will host a forum on February 29, and the combined Bay of Plenty/Taranaki/Waikato region will get together in Hamilton on March 22.
Discussions have started for the combined Hawkes Bay/Tairawhiti Fono, and talks will begin soon about Auckland hosting a meeting.
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National Pacific Practitioners’ Fono Report 2023
For NGO and community practitioners working in the areas of family violence and/or sexual violence.
On 6 and 7 July 2023 Pacific practitioners working in the areas of family violence and/or sexual violence met for the first time at a national fono in Auckland, New Zealand. This report identifies the key themes and messages from the Fono to serve as a base document to inform future planning and implementation with a particular focus on frontline practice, workforce development and practitioner wellbeing.
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