Staged to hit home

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Tears, laugh­ter and mo­ments of si­lence were all part of the au­di­ence’s re­ac­tion to the hard- hit­ting per­for­mance

by the Kila Kokonut Krew.

Peo­ple of all ages turned up to the Sports and Events Cen­tre for the one and only show in Toko­roa.

The aim of the road­show, which is part of a na­tional cam­paign Pase­fika Proud, is to en­cour­age Pa­cific Is­land fam­i­lies to speak up about fam­ily vi­o­lence.

The mes­sage cer­tainly hit home in Toko­roa.

South Waikato Pa­cific Is­land Com­mu­nity Ser­vices en­sured Toko­roa was a desti­na­tion on the eight­per­for­mance tour.

Man­ager Akarere Henry said Pa­cific peo­ple have been try­ing to deal with this is­sue us­ing main­stream meth­ods for 50 years.

‘‘It’s just not work­ing,’’ she added.

She said the Kila Kokonut Krew por­tray the Pa­cific cul­ture in a real way, ad­dress­ing the is­sue of fam­ily vi­o­lence in an open, up-front man­ner.

She said the goal is for stake hold­ers of the fam­ily vi­o­lence col­lec­tive in­clud­ing po­lice, TCOSS, Sal- va­tion Army, Raukawa and SWIPCS to pick up where the Kila Kokonut Krew leaves off.

Writer- di­rec­tor Vela Manusaute said it was an hon­our bring­ing such an im­por­tant mes­sage to Toko­roa.

The hour-long per­for­mance fol­lowed the sto­ry­line of a bright young Samoan teenager on the verge of grad­u­at­ing high school.

With a schol­ar­ship within her grasp, her only hur­dle to suc­cess was the pres­sures of a vi­o­lent home and a dom­i­neer­ing fa­ther want­ing her to get a job in­stead.

Fam­ily sup­port: Taofia Pe­le­sasa con­soles his stage sis­ter Ka­te­rina Fatu­paito, en­cour­ag­ing her to put an end to the fam­ily vi­o­lence.

Thought pro­vok­ing: The se­ri­ous mes­sage be­hind the road­show is be­ing recog­nised by th­ese mem­bers of the au­di­ence.

Cap­ti­vated crowd: The Kila Kokonut Krew knows how to cap­ti­vate its au­di­ence.

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