Le Va developed the Atu-Mai violence prevention programme to equip Pasifika young people and their families with the knowledge and tools to live violence-free.
Atu-Mai tools and resources take an educational and skills-based approach aiming for behavioural change across generations, strengthening Pasifika communities by developing confident and resilient Pasifika young people.
The programme content combines evidence-based approaches with expert knowledge, community leadership, and co-design with Pasifika young people to ensure it is culturally relevant, family focused and community-led.
Working in collaboration with Synergia and ACC, Le Va is ensuring that Atu-Mai is a nationally coordinated systems change programme of work. We will also work alongside Pasifika community organisations and groups to provide resources that will complement their work and support them to prevent violence in our communities.
Only by working together and taking a systems approach can we hope to have real impact and lasting change.
Le Va and Synergia anticipate that as a unique programme Atu-Mai will be measured and adapted to ensure that over the next 18 months to five years, change can be monitored appropriately and will help the programme evolve to ensure the desired outcomes are met.
Atu-Mai is a merging of two different Pan-Pacific words Atu and Mai.
Atu in many Pasifika languages refers to that which flows from us; what we put into the world. And mai refers to that which we receive and take in.
It is based on the Cook Islands proverb Aro’a atu, I te aro’a mai refers to love flowing outwards, love flowing inwards.
There is a directional flow of good intent encompassed by a core Pasifika cultural value of reciprocity.
Hence, Atu-Mai refers to healthy reciprocal relationships and balanced wellbeing.
For more information about Atu-Mai, please contact Ben Tameifuna.