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Te Huringa ō Te Ao - development and procurement

Learn more about the development and procurement of Te Huringa ō Te Ao.

Te Huringa ō Te Ao formative research

To develop the research and initial thinking for Te Huringa ō Te Ao, we:

  • Commissioned research to collect the voices of men using violence,
  • Completed a Literature Scan focussed on support for men using violence,
  • Synthesised sector engagement from 2018 to 2022,
  • Learned from our other work programmes to date, such as Whānau Resilience
  • Sought input from a wide range of internal and external stakeholders across the family violence sector.

From this, we synthesised the following key shifts that need to occur in order to make services more impactful:

Key shifts include things like dissconnection to reconnection, time limited programmes to safe, effective long term support.

I like expressing feelings, but men aren't allowed to do that - Participant

Road shows across Aotearoa

We then took the synthesis of research, voices of men, and sector feedback to the community in a series of roadshows.

Between February and April 2023, we conducted eight face-to-face workshops and three online sessions. The purpose of these roadshows was to communicate the opportunity and to gather feedback on our approach to strengthen services.

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to engage with this kaupapa. Your feedback has now been incorporated into the service development of Te Huringa ō Te Ao.

Healing starts inward then out - this could be an opportunity for more targeted cultural interventions - Provider

Te Huringa ō Te Ao framework

As a result, we synthesised essential information from in-depth literature review, the voices of men using violence and sector engagement to inform a project framework for Te Huringa ō Te Ao. All service development, service delivery and project stewardship must align to this framework.


Providers can apply for Te Huringa ō Te Ao through an open-tender process.

Key information about the procurement process:

  • this initiative has a budget of $17.8 million per annum. This equates to 121.5 Full Time Equivalents (FTE) across Aotearoa, with an FTE rate of approximately $146,000.
  • the procurement will be divided into two procurement tranches.
  • tranche one procurement will occur from August 2023 and covers the following Police Districts (Auckland City, Bay of Plenty, Counties Manakau, Waikato, Waitematā, Wellington).
  • tranche two procurement will occur from February 2024 and covers the following Police Districts (Canterbury, Central, Eastern, Northland, Southern, Tasman).
  • funding will be openly advertised through a Registration of Interest (ROI) through the Government Electronic Tendering Service (GETS).
  • the procurement will entail a two-stage evaluation process. The evaluation process will be conducted by regional panels with local and subject matter expertise.
  • providers with and without existing MSD contracts can apply for this funding, however providers must be able to demonstrate they are already working with men using violence.
  • all providers will have access to the same information in order to ensure this is a fair procurement process.
  • everything in Te Huringa ō Te Ao, including the procurement process, has been informed by the Te Huringa ō Te Ao Framework,
  • Successful providers for Te Huringa ō Te Ao will receive long term contracts up to 9.5 years, with FTE funding.
  • The first two and a half years of the contract will be flexible for providers to do both service development and/or service delivery. The remaining period of up to seven years will contract service delivery.

More information will be released in the Registration of Interest (ROI) through the Government Electronic Tendering Service (GETS).

Key changes for MSD

As MSD, we aim to continually improve ourselves and our role in supporting communities. Status quo isn’t working, so we are committed to trying different things, and working with communities to achieve better outcomes for men and their whānau.

This initiative brings key changes to how MSD works with providers and communities, including:

  • Long term contracts – investing in the family violence sector
  • Simplified procurement process – making the process as safe and simple as possible
  • Flexible design and development process – where providers determine what type and level of service development will enhance their support for men, their whānau and their community.
  • MSD working directly with providers – by MSD by coming alongside communities to support their aspirations in a way that works for them.

As this is a new way of working, we will be evaluating our work as it unfolds.

Be bold (MSD)! Please don't invest more public funds in an outdated model that fails to recognise the complexity and needs of families experiencing violence. We can’t continue to push the responsibility on women to take action to become safe. - Provider