March to stand against vi­o­lence

Manukau Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - CHRIS HARROWELL

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.

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