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Research and resources supporting tamariki healthy intimate partner relationships

September 30, 2022 at 3:23 PM

Notice from the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse - 

Resources developed through the Harmonised project are available to support tamariki healthy intimate partner relationships. 

Research and resources for tamariki healthy relationships 

The Harmonised Healthy Relationship Project was initiated as part of a response to tamariki Māori requesting better accessible information about intimate partner relationship well-being. The Harmonised project was led by Auckland University of Technology in partnership with the University of Otago and John Hopkins University, with funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. 

Working with a Tamariki Advisory Group (TAG) and pupils from schools and Kura across the motu, the project identified: 

  • tamariki definitions of an ‘intimate partner relationship’ as opposed to adult developed definitions of tamariki ‘relationships’ 

  • tamariki definitions of what constitutes healthy and unhealthy intimate partner relationships in their own context by using an Indigenous well-being framework -Te Whare Tapa Whā (Durie, 1985) and 

  • explored how tamariki make decisions within their intimate partner relationships. 

The research team spent 4 years talking and working with tamariki from all over Aotearoa about what is needed to support tamariki to have healthy and safe intimate partner relationships. 

The team used a co-create approach involving tamariki in identifying both needs and solutions, including concepts and language, as well as creating an App and resources, also using a Māori centred approach. 

Category: Resources