Paiheretia te Muka Tāngata

Pānui tēnei i roto i te reo Māori

Paiheretia te Muka Tāngata – Uniting the Threads of Whānau (Paiheretia) is a kaupapa that draws on the strengths of the Whānau Ora approach to support whānau engaged with the Corrections system. It aims to improve whānau wellbeing, thereby reducing re-offending and imprisonment.

Last updated: Wednesday, 6 July 2022 | Rāapa, 06 Hōngongoi, 2022

Paiheretia acknowledges the importance and the strengths within whānau to improve outcomes. The first place to trial the pilot is in Hawke’s Bay, followed by Te Tai Tokerau.  It will include a kaiarataki workforce that will work in a whānau-centred way with tāne Māori under 30 and their whānau to navigate the Corrections system.

Contact details

If you would like more information on Paiheretia te Muka Tāngata, please contact 0800 875 663 or email 

For other enquiries about Te Puni Kōkiri, you can contact your local Te Puni Kōkiri office, email or phone 0800 875 663.

Partner agencies for Paiheretia te Muka Tāngata

Paiheretia is a kaupapa jointly led by Te Puni Kōkiri, Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Department of Corrections) and Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora (Ministry of Social Development), in partnership with Māori. The initiative has been co-designed with tāne, whānau Māori, hapū, iwi, Māori service providers and hapori Māori.

The Māori Pathway, including Paiheretia te Muka Tāngata, was initiated through the Wellbeing Budget 2019.  It recognises Māori are over-represented at every stage of the criminal justice system and change is needed to improve outcomes for Māori.

It was designed in partnership with a Māori Reference Group comprising staff, providers, academics, experts, and people with lived experience.  Read more about Māori Pathways on the Ara Poutama Aotearoa website.


The Hōkai Rangi strategy 2019-2024 outlines a long-term vision to eliminate the over-representation of Māori in the system, through uplifting the oranga or wellbeing of Māori in the care of Ara Poutama and of their whānau.

Read more about Hōkai Rangi on the Ara Poutama Aotearoa website.



Paiheretia te Muka Tāngata aligns with Te Pae Tata, the Ministry of Social Development’s Māori Strategy and Action Plan.


The vision of Te Pae Tata is: Whānau are strong, safe and prosperous – active within their community, living with a clear sense of identity and cultural integrity and with control over their destiny – Te mana kaha o te whānau!

Read more about Te Pae Tata on the Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora (Ministry of Social Development) website.





Frequently asked questions

What is Paiheretia te Muka Tāngata?

Paiheretia te Muka Tāngata – Uniting the Threads of Whānau – draws on the strengths of the Whānau Ora approach to support tāne Māori who are engaged in the Corrections system and their whānau to develop their own pathways to achieve their aspirations. It is a kaupapa jointly led by Te Puni Kōkiri, Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Department of Corrections), and Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora (Ministry of Social Development) in partnership with Māori. Paiheretia te Muka Tāngata forms part of the Ara Poutama Aotearoa Maori Pathways programme.

This approach aims to work with both the tāne in the care of Corrections, and their whānau, to build strong, positive relationships, improve intergenerational wellbeing, and reduce reoffending and imprisonment.

Why are you doing it?

The Corrections system is not working, especially for Māori, with disparities in outcomes for Māori getting worse. Paiheretia aims to shift the system to take a kaupapa-Māori and whānau-centred approach. Māori currently make up around half of the prison population, despite being about 16 per cent of the national population.

Where and when is this happening?

Paiheretia is being piloted in Hawke’s Bay and Northland, with a view to extend the approach to other areas in the future.

Why Hawke’s Bay and Northland?

Hawke’s Bay was chosen to build on the work already being done at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison, to work in a kaupapa Māori and whānau-centred way. This includes Corrections’ wider Māori Pathway work with whānau Māori. Northland is a region with different needs  and aspirations to Hawke’s Bay.  Corrections wanted to pilot the initiative in different environments and learn from the points of difference.

Why are you using a whānau-centred approach in a Corrections setting?

The Whānau Ora Review Report – Tipu Mātoro ki te Ao – released in 2019, affirms this unique whānau-centred approach works and results in positive change for whānau as well as creating the conditions for the change to be sustainable.

 How can I find out more about Paiheretia te Muka Tāngata?

For further information, please  email  or contact 0800 875 663.