March to stand against violence
Hundreds of people are expected to turn out in South Auckland for a public march against family violence.
The White Ribbon march on September 2 starts at Manurewa Marae.
It’s being organised by Safer Aotearoa Family Violence Prevention Network manager Raewyn Bhana with support from the Manurewa Community Network.
The march will be opened by Hauraki-Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta and is the first of its kind in the suburb.
‘‘We’re wanting Manurewa to stand up against violence,’’ Bhana says.
‘‘We want to say that we own our community, that enough is enough, and we want to eradicate domestic violence from Manurewa.’’
Bhana acknowledges stopping family violence in the suburb is a big goal, but says ‘‘you’ve got to start somewhere’’.
‘‘Violence in any form is not acceptable.’’
She says she expects 100-200 people to take part in the march.
Motorcyclists known as the White Ribbon riders will lead it off. There will be a range of entertainment, including from the Tongan Brass Band, performances from local school children, and education stalls.
‘‘It’s a community day for people to come out, do the march, and stand up against violence,’’ Bhana says.
‘‘Manurewa is a concern for the level of family violence cases that happen [in the area].
‘‘We want to support our whanau and our community. There are agencies where people can get support and help.’’
According to the ‘It’s not OK’ antifamily violence campaign, about half of all homicides in New Zealand are committed by a member of the victim’s family.
More than 70 per cent of family violence incidents are not reported to police.
Police investigated 118,910 family violence incidents in 2016, which is an increase of more than 8000 from the previous year.
Family violence is estimated to cost the country between $4.1 billion and $7b annually.
The march is from 10am to 2pm on September 2 at Manurewa Marae, 81 Finlayson Ave, Clendon Park, with lunch at 12.30pm.
It will cover a distance of about 4.5 kilometres and it’s free to take part. All are welcome.