Day of free family fun
The Picton foreshore will be the place to be on Sunday for a free day of family entertainment.
The fourth annual Family Fun Day, run by Barnardos as part of the Marlborough Violence Intervention Project, will feature free entry to the EcoWorld Picton Aquarium, a sausage sizzle, miniature train rides, face painting and bouncy castles.
Barnardos co-ordinator Carla Brownie says they had to postpone the event, which was due to be held on November 20, because of the earthquake.
The Marlborough Violence Intervention Project ‘‘champions’’ will also be there on the day to help spread the ‘‘It’s not OK’’ message.
One of the champions, Nikora Matangi, a teacher at Nga Puawai Kohanga Reo, a Blenheim preschool which teaches in te reo Maori, says she is keen to have the chance to make a difference in the fight against violence and abuse.
‘‘When I first started I was hesitant because I didn’t think I could make a difference, but I have stayed with it because I really feel I am making a difference,’’ Nikora says.
Becoming a champion had also opened her eyes to the prevalence of abuse in Marlborough.
‘‘Before I became a champion I didn’t know how big the problem was. As I have become more aware of it I see it’s more common.
‘‘The good thing is that it is being spoken about more and not hidden.’’
The Family Fun Day will run from 9am to noon.
Marlborough Violence Intervention Project champion Nikora Matangi.