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A Maori initiative asking whanau to honour their cultural and spiritual strengths and take a public stand against violence by signing the E Tu Whanau Charter of Commitment (the Charter) is gaining momentum throughout Aotearoa. The Charter was launched at Hirangi marae, Turangi, two years ago at an event hosted by Tuwharetoa. Since then thousands of people have signed the Charter, either online, on a paper based version or on a large canvas at an event because they want to make a clear and collective stand against violence within whānau.

The Charter describes violence as a transgression against whānau and whakapapa. It asks Maori to uphold the tapu and the mana of their people by rejecting violence in all its forms, be it physical, verbal or emotional. It encourages signatories to openly discuss the issues underlying the Charter and support each other to make whatever changes they see necessary to create violence free communities for all their whanau.

Whanau are encouraged to read, discuss and sign the E Tu Whanau Charter of Commitment. Every signature contributes to positive change and helps create violence free futures for our tamariki and mokopuna”

Find out more about the E Tu Whanau Charter of Commitment, and sign it at etuwhanau.org.