Broth­ers want rid of fam­ily vi­o­lence

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The Proud Porirua Broth­ers will be front and cen­tre in the leadup to White Rib­bon Day next week.

The group of six like­minded men are us­ing their pub­lic pro­files in the city to ed­u­cate and ad­vo­cate against vi­o­lence in the home. White Rib­bon Day is a chance to ham­mer home the mes­sage.

‘‘ We started a few years ago, we’re all from dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions but have been part of Porirua for a long time,’’ says spokesman and Can­nons Creek Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing Team mem­ber Mat Samuela.

‘‘We’re just or­di­nary guys who want to stand up and say some­thing against fam­ily vi­o­lence, which has al­ways been an is­sue here.’’

Mr Samuela says they know how Porirua peo­ple tick – they were young kids go­ing through sim­i­lar troubles once, too.

He points to Porirua Vik­ings Rugby League Club, where mem­bers used to be known for their hard hits, on and off the field, but now win awards for their community work.

That turn­around is what the Proud Porirua Broth­ers want to achieve, by talk­ing to schools, sports clubs and other lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

‘‘ Com­ing from the po­lice side of things, I talk last when we do our pre­sen­ta­tion, be­cause I’m nonon­sense and have the stats about fam­ily vi­o­lence.

‘‘ Over­all, it’s about get­ting a pos­i­tive mes­sage across, get­ting peo­ple to talk about this and plant­ing the seeds to make things bet­ter.’’

The Broth­ers hold bar­be­cues around eastern Porirua reg­u­larly and will host a break­fast for up to 100 men next week at Maraeroa Marae.

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Broth­ers in Arms: Cas­sius Kuresa (Re­gional Pub­lic Health), Mat Samuela (Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing Team), Stu Filo (Whanau Cen­tre), Hamiora Ritete (Maraeroa Marae Health Clinic), Kennedy Ta’ase (Can­nons Creek Op­por­tu­nity Cen­tre) and Petelo Alo­sio (ACC) are community work­ers and lo­cal men who aim to tackle fam­ily vi­o­lence through rais­ing aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion.

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