Rally at Park

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

School stu­dents from the Porirua basin’s five col­leges and the Teenage Par­ents School made their feel­ings known about child abuse at a rally last week.

More than 100 peo­ple turned out at Te Rau­paraha Park in their lunchtime on Fe­bru­ary 27 to im­plore their peers and el­ders to speak out on the Gov­ern­ment’s Green Pa­per for Vul­ner­a­ble Chil­dren.

It was or­gan­ised by the Can­nons Creek Fanau Cen­tre with the slo­gan ‘‘Break the cy­cle – not us’’, with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the schools speak­ing.

While par­ents had a re­spon­si­bil­ity to look af­ter chil­dren, pro­vid­ing a sta­ble en­vi­ron­ment for them to grow, the onus was on the school-age gen­er­a­tion to dis­cuss it and de­cide pri­or­i­ties for the fu­ture, the stu­dent speak­ers said.

New gov­ern­ment spend­ing to­wards chil­dren, bet­ter ac­cess to ser­vices and leg­is­la­tion ty­ing into the UN’S Hu­man Rights Con­ven­tion and Treaty of Wai­tangi were pro­moted.

The old adage about it tak­ing a vil­lage to raise a child had plenty of heads nod­ding.

Rally or­gan­iser Liz Kelly says it was ‘‘amaz­ing’’ to hear young peo­ple speak and was con­fi­dent the points would come across in any con­sid­er­a­tions for the Green Pa­per.

More than 1000 green bal­loons were re­leased over the park fol­low­ing a minute’s si­lence held to re­mem­ber those hurt or killed by child abuse ev­ery year in New Zealand. Sub­mis­sions on the Green Pa­per closed last week.

Bal­loons away: More than 1000 green bal­loons were re­leased by stu­dents over Te Rau­paraha Park last week to re­mem­ber child abuse vic­tims.

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