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).

Nga Vaka Training Programme implementation 2017 

Programme Type



Cook Islands - ‘Turanga Maori'  19, 20, 21, 26, 27 April Wellington
Tokelau - ‘Kāiga Māopoopo' 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 July Porirua, Wellington
Niue - ‘Koe Fakatupuolamoui he tau Magafaoa Niue' 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 July Manukau, Auckland
Fiji - ‘Vuvale Doka Sautu' 17, 18, 19, 25, 26 August Porirua, Wellington 
Tuvalu - ‘Toku fou Tiale' 31 August,1, 2, 8, 9 September Henderson, Auckland
Tonga - ‘Fofola e Fale kae Talanoa a Kāinga' 19, 22, 26, 29 September, 6 October Manukau, Auckland
Kiribati - ‘Boutukaan te mweeraoi' 13, 14, 21 October, 4 November Manukau, Auckland

The Samoa ‘O le Tōfā Mamao’ programme will also be implemented - dates TBA.

If you are interested please complete the registration form below.

Some comments from participants of the 2016 O le Tōfā Mamao (Samoa) programme:

"I came back and reported that I couldn’t believe how amazing the programme was…”

”Definitely, what really hit me was embracing our true culture and applying it to our work and having humble pride. I’ve done that a lot at work lately."

”It has been very valuable because it was a Pacific one, networking with different practitioners, different agencies, people who work with communities. It has been invaluable hearing the actual cases that happen on the ground."

”I don’t have the answers to all things they need but at least I know some of the help that’s available for them so that I can refer them…I learnt from the programme that there’s a lot of help available out there for our people…there’s a lot of Samoans too that I can refer the people to if they need help."

“…I’m working with a multicultural organisation, I have to look into my own culture and see where I am…there are a lot of things that you thought that you knew and took for granted but it has to be put into perspective and you have to understand the culture, why you do this, why you do that…"

"It’s really, really valuable because if I think back in my time as a family therapist, if I had attended a training like this before it would have really helped…"

"Definitely yes, even recommend the church leaders too…because it’s happening in our churches but we can turn a blind eye and say ‘No, that’s only for practitioners’ but yet we definitely have an influence and can prevent it from happening."

"I saw it as an investment, so investing in your staff to learn some skills that will help make a difference in the families you work with."

Register your interest

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