Who we are

The National Network of Family Violence Services (Te Kupenga) is a national body that represents 32 family violence services in New Zealand. We are a rapidly-growing organisation.

The network – Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – is a bicultural organisation based on the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

What we do

Te Kupenga supports its member agencies in developing and providing specialist family violence prevention intervention services. Together, we provide a national platform to share best practice in this sector, striving to develop an accessible and effective family violence system for New Zealanders.

How we are run – our wharenui

Our member agencies elect representatives to the Partnership Rōpū (governance board). This is made up of the Māori Executive Committee, which has oversight of kaupapa Māori services, and the Tauiwi Executive Committee, which has responsibility for tauiwi (non-Māori) services. We liken the sides of our board to the two walls of a wharenui (meeting house): the walls rely on each other to stand. The foundation of our whare is our kaupapa (mission) and the roof is represented by our overarching vision for the future.

Staff and funding

Our kaimahi (staff) work remotely through a ‘virtual office’ throughout Aotearoa.

Funding for our mahi (work) is funded by government departments, including the Ministry of Social Development and Oranga Tamariki, as well as donations and membership contributions.