Te Whāriki Manawāhine o Hauraki has been delivering tangata whenua focused services for 40 years and was initially established to provide refuge and support services for wāhine and their tamariki. Te Whāriki hosted a series of guided conversations with Hauraki whānau Māori, focused on leadership and breaking the silence around mahi tūkino (whānau and sexual violence). These conversations gave voice to whānau thinking and solutions about breaking the underpinning codes of silence that ultimately protects perpetrators and perpetuates the cycle of violence. Hauraki whānau asked for resources to support their cyclic journey of healing and recovering from the pain of mahi tūkino.
Following this, Te Whāriki, Te Whare Whakaruruhau O Tauranga Moana, Taupua Waiora and Good Health Design began a collaboration to help give form to the resources needed by Hauraki whānau. Through various kaupapa over a year, they developed a series of five intertwined and connected kete that contain prompts to guide whānau through their healing journey using matauranga Māori housed within Te Kete Tuauri, Te Kete Tuatea and Te Kete Aronui. Through the design process, concepts for two additional kete were developed – Te Kete Pou Tokomanawa and Te Kete Whenua. Together, these kete are designed to guide challenging conversations with whānau and encourage personal reflection and active processing. They are designed to be interchangeable and modular, allowing facilitators to use each kete and prompts as appropriate and helpful for each unique situation.