Project ex­tends hand to com­mu­nity

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Rough dis­ci­pline was some­thing Akarere Henry thought was just a part of cul­ture.

The South Waikato Pa­cific Is­land Com­mu­nity Ser­vices [SWPICS] man­ager grew up with those ideals.

But that per­spec­tive has changed since Al­ter­na­tives to Vi­o­lence Project [AVP] came to SWPICS.

Henry said train­ing through work­shops helped her to re­flect on what needed to change.

‘‘I’ve grown up in a tra­di­tional fam­ily ’’ she said.

Al­though she did not see it in

Em­pow­er­ing words: Martha Turia, left back, Edna Simiona, Sulita Po­varu Bourne, Mereau­mate Vano, Kerry Stow­ers, left front, and Akarere Henry hold up pieces of the Man­dela cir­cle which is used in work­shops.

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