A reduction in family violence deaths is being attributed to Māori organisations, RNZ reveals, but a report says government agencies need to be more responsive to whānau. Committee chair Fiona Cram said Māori community organisations showed how to form genuine, respectful relationships. She said in contrast, some government institutions were yet to move and throughout its investigations the committee was confronted with the reality that upholding a societal duty of care could have prevented many of deaths from family violence.

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