Specialist Māori Cultural Assessment (SMCA)


Specialist Māori Cultural Assessment (SMCA) involves a Hui (discussion between an Offender and an Māori Cultural Assessor to identify and Offender’s Māori Cultural Strengths and needs.
The Objective is to;

  • Identifying the extend of an Offender’s active links to their whānau
  • Identifying the level of the Offender’s knowledge and confidence in Tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori
  • Evaluating an Offender’s sense of wellbeing as Māori and identify any areas in which intervention may help the offender address their reoffending

SMCA Interview & Report;

Discussions with the Offender covers the following areas:

  1. Whanaungatanga – Depth the breadth of personal relationships
  2. Tikanga Māori – Practical knowledge of Māori protocols
  3. Māori cultural values – Depth of understanding regarding cultural values
  4. Te Reo Māori – Knowledge and regard of the Māori Language
  5. Oranga Tangata – Physical health and wellbeing of yourself and your whānau
  6. Identification as Māori – Pride and comfort in your identity
  7. Wairua – Knowledge and practice of spiritual and religious concepts
  8. Mate Māori – Distress or otherwise cause by cultural or other issues

Benefits of SMCA;

For Offenders, the SMCA assessment can assist in:

  • Helping develop a sense of cultural well-being, identity and pride as a Māori individual
  • Helping develop a level of understanding and knowledge in Tikanga and Te Reo Māori
  • Helping connect with Whānau/ Hapū/ Iwi and other tribal entities
  • Identify a range of cultural support groups and activities