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Fono

A diverse gathering of Pacific communities came together with a single goal in mind: to open the conversation around addressing family violence in our communities.

The Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu: Pathways to Wellbeing fono was held on the 22nd February 2019 in Auckland to provide a platform for Pacific people to talanoa the important role that culture plays in preventing family violence in Pacific communities and how principles and core values in the different Pasifika cultures can protect as well as restore wellbeing to Pacific individuals, families and communities.

The fono was opened by Hon Carmel Sepuloni, the Minister for Social Development but a pre-fono breakfast session was led by the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Hon Aupito Tofae Su’a William Sio.

The one-day event also included international keynote speakers, Samoa Ombudsman, Maiava Iulai Toma from Samoa and Academic Professor Konai Helu Thaman from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.  Alongside them were policy influencers, Charles Waldegrave and Tafaoimalo Loudeen Parsons from the Family Centre Social Policy and Research Unit and Salu Uepa who shared her personal experiences with sexual and family violence.

The fono ended with a dinner with special guest, MP Jan Logie, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for sexual and domestic violence issues.

The eight Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu Cultural Frameworks create an opportunity to return to the beauty and richness of Pacific culture, and holds the solutions regarding ways of knowing, and ways of being.  Bringing these to the fore in our practice and using culturally appropriate tools to engage with Pacific families, allows us to return to a state of wellbeing.

Nga Vaka is an authentic and genuine community response, developed and run by the community. The cultural frameworks are a solution to re-establishing positive relationships within Pacific families

Fono Keynote Speaker

The Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu: Pathways to Wellbeing fono was held on the 22nd February 2019 in Auckland to provide a platform for Pacific people to talanoa the important role that culture plays in preventing family violence. Some of the keynote speakers speeches are available for download.

Maiava Iulai Toma

Maiava Iulai Toma is one of the longest serving public servants for the Government of Samoa. He previously worked as Secretary to Government, CEO Department of Prime Minister, Foreign Affairs & Cabinet, Samoa Permanent Representative...

Dr Konai Helu Thaman

Dr Konai Helu Thaman is one of the longest serving staff of the University of the South Pacific, Konai is currently Professor of Pacific Education and Culture and was the UNESCO Chair in Teacher Education and Culture from 1998-2016. 

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