Atu-Mai Cultural Competency

Atu-Mai is a national violence prevention programme based on the Cook Islands proverb Aro’a atu, i te aro’a mai – love given, love received. One of our goals at Atu-Mai is to support the professional community to support our Pasifika people. To do this, the Atu-Mai team have created a cultural competency workshop for professionals working in the violence and sexual violence sectors. Much evidence shows culturally competent practitioners increase engagement, treatment retention and treatment effectiveness.

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Workshop Objective

  • Learn about the Atu-Mai programme, including our socioecological approach.
  • Increase awareness of self in relation to others and within the system. Explore concepts of system privilege and unconscious bias.
  • Learn knowledge about Pasifika people and culture including values, social structures and the ‘va’.
  • Explore how to engage Pasifika with healing centered engagement. Weave together culture and care to support Pasifika.

If you, or anyone you know would benefit from this training then please do not hesitate to contact us. If you need more information, please email  

Is this training for you?

Is this workshop for you?

 The Atu-Mai Cultural Competency training has been developed to meet the needs of our community who:

  • Work with Pasifika people in the sexual violence and violence sectors. This can be in primary or secondary settings.
  • Have a limited understanding of Pasifika culture.
  • Want to learn the skills to engage and connect with Pasifika.

Covid-19 Update

Face-to-face workshops will not continue while New Zealand is at Level 4. We will be in contact with all participants soon.