| New Zealand News | Thursday May 17 2012 10:17
An initiative's being launched to reduce violence in Pasifika communities.
Associate Social Development Minister Tariana Turia's unveiled the new programme in Mangere this morning.
Called Nga Vaka o Kaiga Tapu, the scheme aims to use Pasifika communities culture and world views to come up with ways of stopping family violence.
Ms Turia says understanding cultural practices will help produce solutions that'll make real changes to family violence rates in Pacific communities
"I think it is going to be significantly different, but what it will do is essentially bring these people to account within their own cultural setting."
She says in the past, a one size fits all approach has been taken in anti-violence programmes and that's seen people go through a revolving door process, constantly back before mainstream providers for the same problems.
"Because essentially if you don't understand their culture, if don't understand the way they think, the way they interact within their family settings, it's very difficult then to address those issues with them."
Photo: Tariana Turia (NZ Herald)