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Waka Oranga Poutama and AGM 2022

October 8, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - October 9, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

$40 – $150


E ngā waka, e ngā mana, e ngā karangatanga maha huri noa i te motu nei te mihi atu ki a koutou katoa!

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.  Nau mai haere mai ki

Poutama 2022


Poutama seminars provide learning steps that embrace Māori knowledge, promote Māori Health and create linkages to the growing diversity of interventions utilised within social/mental health communities in Aotearoa.  These marae-based seminars provide excellent professional development opportunities for a wide range of professionals.

Saturday 8 October 2022: 12.30pm – 5pm

Whaiora Marae, Ōtara, Tāmaki Makaurau

Presented by:

Professor Denise Wilson – Taupua Waiora Research Centre AUT

Bryre Aish – Bachelor of Communication Design Student, School of Art & Design AUT

Wāhine Māori: Keeping Safe in Unsafe Relationships


Abstract: The E Tū Wāhine, E Tū Whānau research findings challenged the common perceptions and negative stereotypes of Māori women as being simultaneously ‘victims’ and perpetrators of domestic violence. Instead, we found Māori women actively navigate, react to and resist violence in unsafe partner relationships to keep safe and protect their children. This presentation is presented in two parts firstly, key findings from the study and discussion. The Response Service Empathy Project is focused on developing resources generated from the E Tū Wāhine, E Tū Whānau study to support practitioner and community support workers respond and explore new and culturally appropriate ways of responding to Māori women and their tamariki. The Response Service Empathy Project is a collaboration between Taupua Waiora Māori Research Centre and the Art and Design School AUT. Bachelor of Communication Design student Bryre Aish will present alongside Professor Denise Wilson looking to gain valuable insights and feedback from participants concerning resources developed out of the Response Service Empathy Project.


Professor Denise Wilson

Professor in Māori Health, an Associate Dean Māori Advancement and Co-Director of AUT Taupua Waiora Māori Research Centre.

Advocating for the improvement of health and social outcomes for whānau Māori has been a feature of Professor Denise Wilson’s career. In her role as Professor of Māori Health, Denise undertakes research in areas focusing on Māori/indigenous family violence, health and health service engagement, cultural responsiveness, and workforce development. In 2019 Denise completed a Marsden funded research project, E Tū Wāhine, E Tū Whānau – Māori women keeping safe in unsafe relationships, which contributed new perspectives to working with Māori women affected by violence. Initially qualified as a registered nurse, Denise has a background in intensive and coronary care, acute medicine and community nursing. She is a Fellow of the College of Nurses Aotearoa (New Zealand), and in 2019 was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nurses for her contributions to research and policy related to Indigenous peoples and family violence affecting Indigenous families and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. Denise has been appointed to the Tangata Whenua Ministerial Advisory Group for the Elimination of Family Violence and Sexual Violence and the Ara Poutama (Department for Corrections) Governance Board. Her resume includes six years served on the Family Violence Death Review Committee; Deputy Chair of Family Violence Prevention Expert Advisory Group; a member of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care’s Research and Ethics Approval Panel (REAP), the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Roopū Māori, the Ministry of Health’s Violence Intervention Programme; Chair of Ngā Pou Arawhenua (the mortality review committee’s Māori caucus, HQSC); Chair of the Family Violence Prevention Investment Advisory Board (Ministry of Social Development); a member of the Ministry of Justice’s Integrated Safety Response Research and Evaluation Expert Advisory Group. Denise has also served as subject matter expert for the Joint Venture Business Unit for Family and Sexual Violence and is a member of the Oranga Tamariki Professional Practice EAG. Denise co-authored The People’s Report and The People’s Blueprint for the Glenn Inquiry into Child Abuse and Domestic Violence.


Bryre Aish

Bachelor of Communication Design student

Bryre Aish is a design student in her final year of a Bachelor of Communication Design. She is currently undertaking a practice-led research project, using design to communicate Denise’s research in a clear and emotive manner. Bryre has a strong interest in human centered design, co-designing with communities to develop relevant solutions for social change. Her interest in this area has been influenced by volunteer work she has done with Orange Sky, and youth work with teenagers in connection with Valley Road International Church. She has also served as a peer mentor with AUT, academically and emotionally supporting students.



To Register: please complete the online Registration Form  or print out, complete and return the PDF form here by 5 October to wakaoranga2007@gmail.com

Enquiries to: wakaoranga2007@gmail.com


$150.00 for non-members of Waka Oranga (membership enquiries welcome)

$90.00 for Māori Members & Associate Members of Waka Oranga

$40.00 for Tauira Māori & Student Members of Waka Oranga & Students in social/mental health fields

(Fees are negotiable for low-income earners)

Venue:    Whaiora Marae, Ōtara Road, Ōtara, Auckland.

Time:      12.30pm – 5pm (light refreshments will be provided)

Waka Oranga AGM


Waka Oranga AGM will be held the day after Poutama on Sunday 9 October 2022: 9am – 2pm

Our AGM will be held the day after the Poutama – overnight accommodation is available.

We plan to hold space for whakawhanaungatanga, and then move into our more formal AGM mahi.

AGM papers will be distributed to Waka Oranga Members nearer the date.

Enquiries and RSVP to: wakaoranga2007@gmail.com


Ngā mihi ki a koutou katoa,

Te Rūnanga o Waka Oranga


October 8, 2022 @ 12:30 pm
October 9, 2022 @ 2:00 pm
$40 – $150