SHINE A LIGHT

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯ RONGORONGO -

‘‘I don’t con­done and will not re­main silent about do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. I want to do what­ever I can to save other fam­i­lies – whether in North­land or the Waikato – from the ex­pe­ri­ence we’ve had’’. This is the mes­sage of White Rib­bon Am­bas­sador John McGrath who, with his wife Kate, who par­tic­i­pated in the Tani­wha event on Novem­ber 8. John is the brother of Pa­tri­cia Ann, or ‘‘Wowo’’, McGrath, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend in 2013 in Whangarei. The story of Wowo’s death sparked much pub­lic re­ac­tion and in­spired the doco "Enough is enough – No more do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in NZ’’ with over 11,500 views cur­rently on Youtube. ‘‘Be­fore Wowo was killed, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence was never re­ally close enough to home for me, but now it is home. I amall too aware now of the con­se­quences and fall out and en­cour­age ev­ery­one to speak out, and speak loud, against do­mes­tic vi­o­lence,’’ Kate said. John said he did not want any­one else to go through what he had in los­ing his sis­ter. ‘‘I feel we need to do what­ever we can to make a dif­fer­ence. I think it’s vi­tal to leave no stone un­turned and am happy to support Shine in work­ing to­wards end­ing this dev­as­tat­ing as­pect of our so­ci­ety.’’

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