Mana tāne, mana whānau : factors which contribute to the success of Māori men desisting from whānau violence. (2019)
Type of ContentTheses / Dissertations
Thesis DisciplineHealth Sciences
Degree NameMaster of Education
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury
Despite considerable government and private-sector intervention, whānau violence in Aotearoa New Zealand continues to occur at an alarmingly high rate (Te Puni Kōkiri, 2008). In addition, we know very little about former perpetrators who have been able to successfully find pathways away from whānau violence. In light of the fact that tāne Māori are over-represented as perpetrators of whānau violence (Marie, Fergusson, & Boden, 2008), there is a considerable need for research that captures the voice and the journeys of those men who have made the transformation towards a violence free life. Partially replicating earlier research (Ruwhiu et al., 2009), this study attempted to understand participants’ subjective perspectives of the individual, social, cultural, spiritual and other life-course experiences that contributed to their journey of change. Employing a qualitative methodology with Kaupapa Māori research principles in order to more effectively respect the mana of the participants and collaborate with the community organisations that have supported them, four tāne Māori, each with a substantiated history of change, completed in-depth interviews. The results identified five consistent themes which span the participants’ experiences of change, including mana tangata (significant individuals), mana tū (hope and agency), mana motuhake (identity re-formation), mana whānau (power of belonging), and te ara whakatika (remorse and making amends). These findings are discussed in relation to the Meihana Model of whānau wellbeing (Pitama, Huria, & Lacey, 2014; Pitama et al., 2007), and the implications arising from the results are discussed in consideration of the context of intervention in Aotearoa.
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