Wahine Māori, wahine ora, wahine kaha: What it takes for Māori women to live violence-free lives

Stream: Cultural Knowledge Frameworks in Responding to Violence against Women
Date: Thursday, 12 February 2015
Time: 1.45 pm – 3.30 pm


Increasing women’s safety from violence is a key priority for the New Zealand Ministry of Women’s Affairs. One in four New Zealand women experience intimate partner and sexual violence in their lifetime, but Māori women are twice as likely as other women to experience violence. Efforts to reduce the prevalence of violence against women must include stopping it from happening in the first place. Relatively little research has been done on the implications of different worldviews, concepts, values and frameworks of knowledge for the practice of violence prevention. This presentation highlights key findings from the Ministry’s exploratory research on what Māori women and Māori service providers see as the key factors to ensure that Māori women live violence-free lives. It is the voice of wahine Māori, wahine ora, wahine kaha: safe and strong Māori women.


Helen Potiki (Presenter), Ministry of Women's Affairs, New Zealand
Helen Potiki is a Principal Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, New Zealand. She is Tapuika, Te Arawa, Ngai Tahu and Ngati Porou. Helen specialises in violence against women with a specific focus on primary prevention and Mäori women. She has been a member of expert advisory groups on primary prevention and the Ministry’s lead analyst for maintaining New Zealand’s international obligations on the status of women. Helen was a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Helen's 15 years of policy experience has focussed mainly on improving outcomes for Māori.