About The Atawhai Whakapapa

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Trauma Research at AUT University was funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand in October 2020 to conduct this three-year study. Project Atawhai builds on a significant body of research and professional relationships and partnerships generated by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Trauma Research over the last decade. Our research team includes highly skilled researchers and leaders in the fields of violence against women, specialist family violence services, complexity theory, primary care service delivery and Māori health, Māori governance, tino rangatiratanga and kaitiakitanga.


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Thinking differently

We move beyond prescriptive family violence responses to explore system pathways and tools primary care professionals may draw on for different scenarios and settings.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Our strong Te Tiriti based partnership is reflected in our research team, tikanga, conceptual frameworks, research design and methodologies.

Making a difference

Improving service delivery so whānau can seek care and support safely.

Atawhai is the culmination of a significant body of knowledge and learning about health system responses to violence within whānau. The whakapapa of this research includes many people, places, events and narratives that have contributed to the pathway forward. We would especially like to acknowledge the contribution of Matua Tamati Tata who mentored Dr Claire Gear throughout her PhD and supported the development of this research project. Tēnā rawa atu koe.

Hear from our Research Rōpū

Hazel Hape | Research Rōpū Atawhai

Dr Clare Healy Research Rōpū Atawhai

Dr Claire Gear Research Rōpū Atawhai

Anna Rolleston | Research Rōpū Atawhai

Our Logo

The Atawhai design Te Korou represents manaakitanga, whānau and the creation of a safe environment. The two larger koru represent the people coming together and embracing each others energy and wairua. The space in between the koru represents the space where one feels the values of manaakitanga and katiakitanga. The smaller koru speak to the many different roles that whānau play on the creation of a safe environment to openly kōrero and speak up to family issues.