Welcome to the gateway of Te Kupenga – the National Network of Stopping Violence – the network or ‘te kupenga’ of 32 independent community-based organisations. We work to enable all people in Aotearoa/New Zealand to live safely and respectfully in a society free of all forms of violence and oppression – the safety of women and children is paramount. Organisations interested in becoming a member of Te Kupenga can email for an application pack.

Our Purpose

Te Kupenga is committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi which recognises Māori people as tangata whenua. Therefore, the following mātāpono (values) are paramount to our decision-making processes and practices:

  • Tikanga: Correct processes – the way we do our work
  • Tino rangatiratanga: Self-determination and autonomy – the relevant people decide
  • Mana tangata: Respect – a mana enhancing way in all relationships
  • Aroha: Working in a supportive and nurturing environment
  • Tūmanako: Forward focused, proactive and visionary
  • Pono: Honest, upfront and behaviour with integrity
  • Koi mahi: Best practice, excellence in practice
  • Rangimārie: Generosity and goodwill to all people

PŪRONGO MĀTĀPONO / Values Statement
Te tapu o te whare tangata me te āhua atua o ngā tamariki mō ngā tāngata katoa
The sanctity of women and the divinity of children for all humankind

All people in Aotearoa/New Zealand living safely and respectfully in a society free of all forms of violence and oppression

To be leaders in violence prevention through advocacy, research and excellence in practice

PŪRONGO ARIKI / Paramount Statement
The safety of women and children is paramount

NGĀ WHĀINGA / Objectives

  • To publicly denounce all forms of violence, in particular men’s violence against women and children
  • To promote social and institutional change and education so that all people and families have the ability to reach their full potential and autonomy, unencumbered by violence and oppression in all its forms
  • To promote social and institutional change so that tangata whenua has the ability to reach their full potential and autonomy, unencumbered by violence and oppression in all its forms
  • To promote and publicly support the safety of survivors of violence and sexual abuse and to give account to, and be in dialogue with, organisations that support survivors of violence
  • To publicly promote people to live non-violently and to take responsibility for their violence
  • To promote values of non-violence and equality in relationships
  • To provide a means by which members can collaborate in the delivery of safe and effective services
  • To promote excellence in practice at all levels of the network
  • To promote research and policy development which informs best practice and community awareness

Our Role

  • A national voice promoting social, political and institutional change to allow women and children to live free of violence and oppression
  • Promotion of excellent practice in domestic violence prevention through inter-agency collaboration, member support, networking, promotion of best practice standards, quality assessment and training
  • Development of high quality resources such as DVDs, programme manuals and standards of practice manuals which support member agencies to work successfully with clients
  • Co-ordination of training and networking opportunities for member agencies such as training hui, annual conference and regional member meetings
  • Advocacy and support services via political lobbying, provision of a complaints resolution process, assistance with programme and policy development, and a network of highly skilled and experienced professionals and agencies in the field of domestic violence prevention
  • Expertise and experience in working with Māori whānau, hapū and iwi within a framework of honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi

How do I access this service?

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Service Types

Abuse and violence, Advocacy


Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Central Auckland, Central Lakes, Dunedin - South Otago, East Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Hutt, Lakes, MidCentral, Nelson Marlborough, North Auckland, Northland, South Auckland, South Canterbury, Southland, Tairawhiti, Taranaki, Waikato, Wairarapa, Waitaki, Wellington, West Auckland, West Coast, Whanganui

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This page was last updated at 10:24AM on November 22, 2019.