Aroha in action hui: Courageous conversations

This panel discussion from the Aroha in Action Family Start Hui 2023 features Hiraani Hutana, Jason Tiatia, Aroha Lee. They kōrero about having courageous conversations, especially when addressing topics such as family violence and sexual violence.

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Aroha in Action Family Start Hui 2023:Tuku atu, tuku mai Courageous conversations (transcript)


Aroha Lee, Stop Services

Ngāti Kurī, Ngāi Tahu

Aroha Lee is a Prevention Education Kaiako at Stop, based in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Her specialty is to focus on courageous conversations with tamariki and conversations encouraged early between all whānau members. The focus being that parents and caregivers feel confident and equipped to have these conversations with tamariki about safe boundaries and safe touch.

Jason Tiatia, Brainwave Trust Aoteraoa


Based in Christchurch, Jason is a Brainwave Trust Aotearoa kaiako. Jason has a background in education teaching sports coaching and indigenous studies, tutoring in pacific performing arts and Gagana Samoa. Jason represented New Zealand in the All Blacks rugby sevens, spent time playing in several countries and has been a selector and coach in the Canterbury region.

Hiraani Hutana, Te Purotu a Roto

Ngāti Kahungunu ki Porangahau, Ngāti Porou ki Waipiro

He mokopuna ahau o Ngāti Kahungunu ki Porangahau ana hoki Ngāti Porou ki Waipiro. Hiraani has been teaching as a kaiako in early childhood and primary education for 19 years. As founder of Te Purotu a Roto Limited, she facilitates te ao Māori perspectives within the education sector. A mother of five tamariki, Hiraani has a love and passion for all things that promote the child's innate ways of being, knowing and doing.

Aroha in Action Family Start Hui

Aroha in Action Family Start Hui 2023 was a full-day online hui for Family Start whānau workers. Experienced kaikōrero and practitioners who work with whānau, specialising in family violence and sexual violence shared their knowledge focused on strengthening, responding and healing.

This hui was part of our mahi to support Family Start whānau workers across Aotearoa, a key step to deliver Te Aorerekura – the National Strategy to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence.

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