Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu – the NZ Pacific cultural response to domestic violence

Participants at the Symposium in Nadi are examining the New Zealand frameworks for the pacific communities to see what parts can be applied in their countries.  The Framework is described as:

The framework: Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu
• is a conceptual framework for addressing family violence in seven Pacific
communities in New Zealand. It is informed by, and aligned with, the seven ethnic
specific conceptual reports on addressing family violence, and a literature review
• is intended as a guide for policy writers. It defines and explains meanings of
family, violence, and key concepts and principles that promote family wellbeing
for the seven ethnic specific communities
• along with the seven ethnic specific conceptual frameworks will inform the
development of a training programme to assist ethnic specific practitioners, and
service providers and non-Pacific practitioners working with Pacific victims(s),
perpetrator(s) and families affected by family violence
• takes a strengths-based approach. This approach begins with the premise that
wellbeing, peace and harmony are states that all Pacific people aspire to, and that
core aspects of culture are significant in maintaining and restoring wellbeing to
• is a relational framework underpinned by the belief that all people and things
are interconnected and interdependent. It brings together shared concepts
and principles that promote wellbeing across the seven ethnic groups, without
disturbing their essential meanings
• is a living document. As new knowledge is introduced to the ethnic specific
frameworks, Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu will also evolve.
The seven frameworks are
• grounded in key concepts, values and beliefs that are relevant and appropriate to
addressing violence in families living in diverse settings and circumstances
• not definitive or authoritative documents on any one cultural belief and practice,
nor are they intended to replace existing service provider and practitioner
The desire of the ethnic specific Working Groups is that their conceptual frameworks
assist their practitioners, service providers, and mainstream organisations in:
• their work with ethnic specific victims, perpetrators, and families who have been
affected by family violence
• grounding their experiences and knowledge in elements of their ethnic specific
culture in ways that are responsive and relevant to the diverse experiences of
Ongoing revision and evaluation of practice approaches ensure that the ethnic
specific frameworks and Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu are dynamic and relevant to the
lived experiences of families and individuals.

Country reports are available at:









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