Hear Us Now #HUN is a podcast about family violence survivors

While it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to kill one through neglect. This Podcast calls for the sharing of stories, revealing pain and speaking up to seek help. 

#HUN challenges bystanders to become heroes through healing and change for the next generation. With eyes and mouths open, it’s important to speak up for the victims who cannot speak for themselves. 

This is… Hear Us Now 

In this episode special guest Floris Niu turned what looked like the end of the road in Samoa, into hope. Floris shares the dramatic turn of events that transformed her life, and began her love for nature through an epiphany on her family's ancestral land.   


It is important that we continue to keep our families, children safe in our homes. 

CLICK HERE for Auckland Family Violence Service Providers 

CLICK HERE for Family Violence Service Providers Outside Auckland 

CLICK HERE for Ministry of Social Development Family Services Directory 



Shine Domestic Abuse Services: 0508 744 633 
Safe to talk sexual harm helpline: 
Dial 0800 044 334 / Text 4334 
Email: support@safetotalk.nz 

Rape Crisis: Dial 0800 883 300 

Elder Abuse: 0800 326 6865  

Family violence information: Call 0800 456 450 
Visit: www.areyouok.org.nz 


Although we know that Pacific peoples are thriving in New Zealand, it is also clear that they experience significant disadvantage across a range of wellbeing indicators. Existing data is imperfect, but what is available tells us that Pacific communities tolerate a large burden of harm from violence: 

  • Pacific peoples are three times more likely than non-Pacific peoples to be an offender who has committed a serious crime against a family member. 
  • Pacific students are three times more likely than New Zealand European students to report witnessing adults hitting children in their homes. 
  • Pacific children are five times more likely than non-Pacific children to die from child abuse or neglect. 

The scale of inequality for Pacific communities, in relation to family violence prevalence and harm, necessitates a Pacific-designed and led approach. Accordingly, it is important to understand the key drivers of violence for Pacific peoples in New Zealand; that is, the risk and protective factors. Understanding and responding to particular issues and nuances for the different ethnic communities remains a priority for Pasefika Proud. 

Pasefika Proud is also cognisant of broader environmental factors, including current government imperatives. 

Protective factors for Pacific families 

The things that make families strong, resilient, safe and able to bounce back from adversity are known as protective factors. Some of the protective factors identified for Pacific peoples are: 

  • supportive, caring family members and healthy relationships between all generations
  • gender equity and equality, including flexible and equal beliefs
  • positive sense of self, secure cultural identity
  • clear information about family violence and the law
  • active participation in cultural, social and faith communities
  • ability totalanoa(talk) and communicate positively and effectively without fear of response 
  • employment, financial security, positive education experiences, safe and affordablehousing, access to health and social services.

The Pasefika Proud values of love, family, collective, respect, spirituality and reciprocity align with, and help to build, these protective factors. 

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