Kiribati Family Violence Prevention Training Programme

The Kiribati framework Boutokaan Te Mweeraoi is based on I-Kiribati values and cultural practices to help I-Kiribati people build healthier families free from family violence. 

This is a FREE programme which has been designed to be interactive and uses te maroro/talanoa as a way for attendees to share knowledge & experiences of how their culture can be used to protect and strengthen I-Kiribati families.

The training is delivered in Kiribati and English languages.

The Kiribati Conceptual Framework Boutokaan te Mweeraoi was developed by a Kiribati Working Group.  Members of the Kiribati community from across New Zealand who helped to nominate the Working Group and recruit the facilitator included Dr. Tabwe Bio, Takeua Burnett, Charles Enoka, Rokobina Harrison, Rairaki Ioane, Tikanteiti Mackenzie, Ueaieta Namanoku, Kataua Matita and Kanikua Raman. 

Maria Kum-On Lucas and Rose Namoori-Sinclair also translated all communications from the MSD into Kiribati and provided invaluable assistance with translations and editing of this document.

The title of the Kiribati Conceptual Framework is ‘Boutokaan Te Mweeraoi’, which can be translated as the supporting beams or structures for uplifting or enhancing wellbeing in the home. ‘Boutokaan’ refers to beams or posts (Sabatier 1971: 79); ‘mwee’ means to raise up or lift (Sabatier 1971: 254); and ‘raoi’ is a state of goodness or wellness (Sabatier 1971: 303).

The Working Group asserts that marin abara (a healthy environment and ecology); tetoronibwai (skills of self-reliance related to subsistence and spiritual communion with nature); te katei (customary practices unique to I-Kiribati); and te karinerine (the demonstration of respect) within te utuu (the family), te kaainga (the extended family hamlets), and te mwaneaba (the customary hall of community governance) are fundamental to Kiribati concepts of te maiu raoi or the good life.

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