Adopt a strength-based wellbeing approach that integrates prevention, healing and responses through the Tokotoru model and focuses on changing the social conditions that perpetuate harm.

Tokotoru describes three dimensions that must be addressed to enhance individual and whānau wellbeing:

  • Strengthening – an integrated primary prevention approach with a focus on wellbeing
  • Responding – holistic safe, accessible and integrated responses tailored to individuals, families, whānau and communities
  • Healing – recovery, redress and restoration are needed.

This shift indicates the government’s ongoing commitment to changing the social conditions, structures and norms that perpetuate harm.

Action Plan: Shifting towards strength-based wellbeing

Actions 1-4 of the Action Plan will enable us to adopt a strength-based wellbeing approach. These actions are led by different Joint Venture agencies.

1. Te Aorerekura is supported by a clear investment plan

A Government investment plan will coordinate a range of responses and activities to reduce harm sooner and strengthen safe healing pathways. This includes primary prevention, healing, responses, the workforces, relationships with tangata whenua, communities and the sectors and the learning system.


  • August 2022: Prepare component parts of investment plan - primary prevention, responses, healing, the workforces, funding for relationships and collective monitoring and the learning system.

2. Agencies integrate community-led responses

Integrated, community-led responses that are supported by the investment plan (see Action 1) are key to delivering Te Aorerekura. They will enable agencies and communities to build capability to deliver effective services and responses.

Activities from December 2021

5 existing community responses have been identified as opportunities to work with and learn from.

  • Work with communities and specialists to strengthen prevention, healing and community leadership into the 5 existing sites.
  • Work with 5 additional Whāngaia Pā Harakeke localities to stabilise crises/safety responses so they can support the ICR approach.
  • Work with communities and specialists to expand the ICR approach to other regions and develop strong connections and integrated responses with specialist sexual violence services.

3. Strengthen wāhine Māori leadership

Te Puni Kōkiri will support wāhine Māori to share and develop cultural practices that support whānau and whakapapa to heal and overcome trauma from violence. Wāhine Māori impacted by violence should also be able to access integrated and inclusive responses to enable their safety.

This can include learnings from the Mana Wāhine Inquiry(external link).

Activities from December 2021

  • Establish initiatives in 3-6 target areas
  • Evaluate the initiatives
  • Extend initiatives within the target areas.

4. Wāhine Māori leadership succession

A tuakana-teina based initiative focusing on developing and nurturing emerging wāhine Māori leaders in the family violence and sexual violence professional and vocational fields in Aotearoa. This will help women, wāhine Māori, whanau and communities to access safe services and create change. It will also help to develop skilled and culturally competent workforces.


  • November 2021 – June 2022: Policy development and engagement with wāhine Māori leaders and partner agencies to inform the design scope for the tuakana-teina based initiative.
  • June – December 2022: Test and refine the tuakana-teina based initiative with focus on wāhine Māori leaders and partner agencies. Identify resources to implement this initiative.

For more information, you can reach out to the Joint Venture and other support services through the Contact us page.

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