Support tangata whenua, specialist sectors and communities through sustainable, trust-based relationships and commissioning decisions grounded in Te Tiriti.

This shift is about bringing together and strengthening relationships between tangata whenua, central and local government, the specialist sector, communities and businesses to plan the responses and actions needed to eliminate violence.

Government agencies will work to streamline processes and remove system barriers in the family violence and sexual violence sector.

Agencies will also develop shared infrastructure that supports continuous learning, co-ordinating a research and evaluation plan for family violence and sexual violence, and a process for continuous improvement through the analysis and sharing of data and insights to inform service development.

Action Plan: Shifting towards mobilising communities

Actions 5-9 of the Action Plan will enable us to develop sustainable, trust-based relationships and commissioning decisions grounded in Te Tiriti and share evidence on what works.

These actions are led by different Joint Venture agencies.

5. Engage and value communities in collective monitoring, sharing and learning

Government, communities, tangata whenua and specialists will work together and give feedback to improve family violence and sexual violence responses, healing and prevention. Government will focus on developing trusted relationships and safe ways of working


  • Government agencies work closely with communities and the specialist sectors to agree on the work programme and prioritise actions
  • Develop a proposal for an advisory group(s) made up of community and specialist voices.

6. Relational approach to commissioning to better support community decision making and needs

Government agencies will implement social sector commissioning principles and approach to the 5 Integrated Community-led Responses (ICR) to ensure family violence and sexual violence services are working for them. Implementation will be ongoing.


  • Test commissioning in agreed locations
  • Asses the impacts of family violence and sexual violence services for the 5 ICR localities
  • Align future contracts with the new approach

7. Enable Te Aorerekura implementation in the regions

Regional Public Service Commissioners will support Government and communities to work better together and implement family violence and sexual violence solutions for people.


  • June 2022: Invest in joint interagency training and strategic and operational multi agency working groups
  • December 2022: Report back on regional alignment activities investement to support cross-agency local and regional decision making.

8. Establish a Ministerial Tangata Whenua Advisory Group

Establish a tangata whenua advisory group to give advice to the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and Sexual Violence to make positive change. Implementation will be ongoing.


  • February 2022: Establish the Ministerial Tangata Whenua Advisory Group.

9. Establish an annual Te Aorerekura Hui

Establishing an annual hui will help government, tangata whenua, community and specialists come together to review the progress of Te Aorerekura, share information, and agree on next steps.

The 2022 annual hui for Te Aorerekura took place on 26-27 July. Find out more about the 2022 annual hui(external link). You can also view the korero from the hui on the Te Puna Aonui YouTube channel(external link).


  • June 2022: Hold the first annual Te Aorerekura hui.

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

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