Workforce development

When our people are victims, perpetrators or witnesses of family violence, it’s important they receive the best possible advice and support. Part of that is about developing the knowledge and skills of those working in the community either in a professional or voluntary basis to provide services that take into account how we operate as Pacific peoples.

We have developed a programme called Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu, a Pacific Family Violence Training Programme that is intended to work with our diverse Pacific communities in Aotearoa NZ. We have developed eight ethnic specific frameworks: Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Kiribati, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu, from which the training programmes have been/will be implemented.

The Nga Vaka Training Programme is intended to build the capability of Pacific practitioners and influencers, by providing culturally appropriate responses to Pacific individuals and families affected by family violence.

Each programme comprises five modules which cover family violence dynamics, statistics and legislation and applying cultural concepts on how to work effectively with families, victims and perpetrators.

Programmes are aimed at a range of people involved in supporting Pacific families: Pacific providers and practitioners working in family violence in the social and health services including Pacific practitioners in mainstream providers; Pacific service providers who are not specialist family violence practitioners (e.g. doctors, teachers, ECE providers); mainstream providers delivering services to Pacific people affected by family violence; and Pacific leaders/influencers who support Pacific people in their community roles (e.g. church, sports, cultural groups etc).

Each Nga Vaka Training programme is five days in duration, and there is no fee charged to participants (although participants not based in the city that the programme is implemented must cover their own transport and accommodation costs).

Upcoming sessions

The 2017 Nga Vaka Training Programme has concluded. More information about 2018 training opportunities is coming soon. If you are interested please complete the registration form below.

Register your interest

To register interest in attending please sign up with the form below.