A MĀORI PERSPECTIVE

 

INFORMATION FOR TAITAMARIKI AND TAMARIKI

You are Tamariki, gifts of our guardians – you are of great value and very precious. For this reason it’s important that you and your whānau are safe. If you’ve experienced sexual violence these are some things you and your whānau can do to help.

If sexual violence has happened to you or an e hoa, you can get support. Sexual violence is hard stuff to deal with - it’s really important that you have whānau who can be there and help you in your journey of hauora. These whānau can be Whaea, Matua, Tuakana, Koroua, or others - whoever it is, they have to be someone you trust.

Talking to whānau or friends you trust is a step in the right direction in your journey of healing. Whanaungatanga is important - make the connection and seek help until you get it.

INFORMATION FOR WHĀNAU

As the whānau of a young person who has been through sexual violence, it is important to hold their trust and keep them safe.

Your role as kaitiaki holds a value both to this person and to the wider whānau.
Supporting a young person to be safe and heal from sexual violence will lift a large taumaha from their shoulders while restoring their sense of hauora.

Encourage our taitamariki and tamariki to talk and listen to what would support them best. Sexual violence is difficult to talk about, but it is important to protect, support, and listen to our taitamariki and tamariki when they come to us for help.

“I a mâtau e tamariki ana i
whakahauhautia mâtau kia kôrero”

“In our infancy we were encouraged to talk”

 

DEFINITIONS

Whānau: Family and friends
Taumaha: Burden or weight
Tuakana: Older siblings
Whanaungatanga: Sense of family connection - a relationship of shared experiences and working together which gives people a sense of belonging and well-being
Tamariki: Treasure of our guardians
Kaitiaki: One who keeps people safe
Hauora: To be well, healthy, in good spirits