Manukau centre aims to curb soaring rates of family harm

July 07, 2020

Jacinda Ardern opened the Te Taanga Manawa Hub in Manukau this morning.

A new centre aimed at curbing soaring rates of domestic and family harm in Auckland has opened in Manukau.

​Te Taanga Manawa Hub will house thirteen different agencies, including police, Oranga Tamariki, Corrections and a variety of community agencies. 

The Hub will focus on early intervention and prevention of violence in trying to reduce family harm.

Opening the centre, the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: "​The new multi-disciplinary agents will work more closely on finding the best way to support children who are experiencing family harm.

“It hasn’t always been that way. It was very different in the 1970’s. In those days the police didn’t really see that it was their business to be involved in family harm.”

Police Minister Stuart Nash said seven out of ten 111 calls received by police are related to family harm.

He said police receive more than twenty five hundred calls relating to family harm incidents every week.  

Counties Manukau district commander Superintendent Jill Rogers says: "We used to arrest people and lock them up and move on, but now we have somewhere to go to for further help.”