An approach to addressing violence in Pacific families being described as groundbreaking has been launched in South Auckland.
The Pacific conceptual framework Nga Vaka o Kainga Tapu was commissioned by the Ministry of Social Development and draws on the cultural views of seven Pacific communities.
Associate Minister for Social Development Tariana Turia says the framework can now be used to develop practical ways of stopping family violence in each of the Pacific communities.
Ministry of Social Development Pacific advisory group chair Tino Pereira says it begins a new and courageous way forward for Pacific communities.
He says the overall conceptual framework and individual documents for seven Pacific cultures are a start to finding long-term solutions to family violence in those communities.