Primary prevention principles
Aroha ki te tangata
Respect for people
Sexual violence is a sensitive topic. Show respect to all people at all times.
He kanohi kitea
The known face
People respond more positively to people they know and trust. You may want to establish relationships with key people (eg kaumātua) early in planning your activity or evaluation.
Titiro, whakarongo... kōrero
Look, listen... speak
People in the community have valuable knowledge and expertise — be willing to observe and listen carefully to what others have to say.
Manaaki ki te tangata
Look after the people
Show respect, be generous, and take care of the people you're working with. You may want to bring kai to meetings or offer koha to people participating in evaluation activities like interviews.
It's important to respect tikanga and cultural practices. If you're unsure of the etiquette for a specific audience, ask an appropriate kaumātua or cultural advisor.
What works for:
Kaua e takahia te mana o te tangata
Don’t trample on people’s mana
Te Āo Māori (Māori world views) hold that all people are imbued with mana, and that sexual violence directly impacts on the mana of both the individuals affected and their whānau. Your actions should promote the inherent status and authority of individuals, whānau, iwi, and community.