Ngāpuhi / Ngāti Kahu ki Whaingaroa
Reg Practitioner and Clinical Supervisor with DAPAANZ,
PhD, MA Health Prac, MA MInds
Kia ora and welcome. My name is Dr. Alexander Stevens II (Ph.D.). I am a qualified health professional with a clinical background in Sexual Violence Recovery, Drug and Alcohol/Mental Health.
As a clinician, I have worked over twenty years in sexual abuse recovery, mental health, addictions, financial capability, and suicide prevention. I am also a qualified adult teacher, facilitator, Kaupapa Māori Researcher, and clinical/cultural supervisor with DAPAANZ. Together with volunteer social workers and counsellors, we aim to support people to find a way forward through historical sexual abuse.
What is StandingTallNZ.org?
StandingTallNZ.org is a "Tangata Whenua" (people of the land) website to support Māori and Pacific men, support people and communities affected by sexual violence. In New Zealand approximately 1 in 3 Māori and 1 in 5 Pacific males will have experienced some kind of sexual harm in their lives compared to 1 in 8 Pakeha males. How then can we support our bros?
The solution to this question came from Māori and Pacific men who had been sexually abused as children. We asked them what kind of questions and information might be useful for other men in a similar situation to get help online. We also wanted to know how this information should be presented. This included the use of our own reo and pacific languages.
We then asked their support people and organisations that don't know much about this topic what they would want in a website to support themselves and their bros/clients.
The result of this community project is a simple, clean, and easy to access website that connects with Māori and Pacific people. The strength this website also offers is relevant images, cultural content, non-clinical language, and instant support to helplines. We are working on a monthly basis to ensure all the content is relevant and meaningful.
In 2020 our website was a finalist in the Public Good category for the Best Design Awards. This is a prestigious award presented by the Designers Institute of New Zealand.
Nau mau, haere mai! Welcome!
Our logo features a tree with roots spreading into the ground to talk about strength, stability and being grounded. The branches represent new paths, while the leaves represent, vision, hope, endurance and aroha.
The whakatauki (proverb) is: "Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou," which means (seek after wisdom for the sake of your well-being). This proverb reminds us that in a world full of noise, confusion, and hurt, wisdom and wellbeing will come when we ask questions with a genuine desire to understand the answers.