What is the Paiheretia te Muka Tāngata initiative?
Paiheretia te Muka Tāngata – Uniting the Threads of Whānau – draws on the strengths of the whānau ora approach to support tāne Māori who are engaged in the Corrections system and their whānau to develop their own pathways to achieve their aspirations. It is a cross-agency initiative between Te Puni Kōkiri, Corrections, and the Ministry of Social Development in partnership with Māori.
The new approach aims to work with both the individual in the care of Corrections, and their whānau, to build strong positive relationships, improve intergenerational wellbeing, and reduce offending and imprisonment.
Why are you doing it?
The Corrections system is not working, especially for Māori and they have been over-represented for too long. This investment aims to shift the system to take a kaupapa-Māori and whānau-centred approach. Māori currently make up around half of the prison population, despite being about 16 per cent of the national population.
Where and when is this happening?
Paiheretia will be initially focused in Hawke’s Bay and Northland, with a view to extend the approach to other areas in the future. The first pilot is expected to begin in Hawke’s Bay in late 2020.
Why Hawke’s Bay and Northland?
Hawke’s Bay was chosen to build on the work already being done at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison to work in a kaupapa Māori and whānau-centred way , including Corrections’ wider Māori Pathway work with whānau Māori. Northland is a region with different challenges to Hawke’s Bay, and we wanted to pilot the initiative in a different environment and learn from that point of difference.
Why are you using a whānau-centred approach in a Corrections setting?
The Whānau Ora Review Report – Tipu Mātoro ki te Ao – released in 2019, affirms this unique whānau-centred approach works and results in positive change for whānau as well as creating the conditions for the change to be sustainable.
I would like to be involved in Paiheretia, how can I do that?
We are still testing and developing the Paiheretia approach. Specific information about how the kaupapa will be implemented will become available in due course.