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The evaluation of Whakatokia Te Kakano o Te Hā is one of five sexual violation primary prevention programmes funded by the Ministry of Justice.

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Te Puna Oranga
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Whakatokia Te Kakano o Te Hā: planting the seeds of life

When it ran

January to July, 2014 to 2016


Māori whānau

The goal

The evaluation covered three components.

1. Process

How effective is the design, delivery, learning outcomes, and potential for the programme to be interlinked with other education and intervention programmes?

2. Responsiveness

How have whānau applied the key messages, tips and strategies into their daily lives. Have they changed behaviour, attitude and actions taken?

3. Cultural appropriateness

How have the prevention messages enhanced the mana of whānau participants? How have the kaupapa Māori approaches been reflected in the programme to encourage change and improve wellbeing?

What we did

The evaluation was firmly grounded in Māori cultural values, protocols, customs and language. There was emphasis given to Māori ways of being, approaches and processes.

The evaluation design included process, cultural appropriateness and responsiveness components and used a qualitative approach which included:

  • literature review
  • focus groups
  • interviews
  • participant observation
  • evaluation forms.


  • The design of the resource material was clear, simple and very easy to understand, and the messages had increased awareness of the risks and need for change.
  • There were areas in the delivery which needed to be improved but overall, whānau felt valued and empowered to believe they were capable of making changes.
  • Whānau recognised the importance of a holistic approach for change linked with counselling to heal, with education to raise awareness and, with prevention to stop the violence from happening in the first place.
  • Teaching tamariki and rangatahi how to connect, care and to protect all livings things, land, sea and the natural world, would also increase their care and protection of each other.
  • A key theme to emerge for whānau was the need to take more control and to make the changes to ensure their aspirations for whānau ora were realised.
  • There was a strong commitment to strengthen kaupapa and tikanga Māori values in order to enhance the mana of the whole whānau.
  • The key messages, tips and strategies had assisted the whānau to apply a variety of changes all seeking to minimise risks that would increase the safety for their tamariki and rangatahi.

Lessons learnt

Suggestions were made on how the programme could be enhanced further by the development of other resources and programmes targeting particular age groups.

In the reflections by Te Puna Oranga, a major highlight was producing a resource where the whānau could be empowered to create their own solutions to prevent violence before it happened.