Ex­hi­bi­tion moves on to par­lia­ment

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

No Shame No Vi­o­lence ex­hi­bi­tion sup­port­ers from Horowhenua took a bus­load of peo­ple — sur­vivors of fam­ily vi­o­lence and the court sys­tem and sup­port­ers — to Par­lia­ment ear­lier this week for MPs to view Un­ti­tled Woman and Chil­dren from the No Shame No Si­lence ex­hi­bi­tion in Fox­ton.

The turnout was good, said or­gan­iser Sarah-Jayne Shine, who cre­ated the piece.

MP Poto Wil­liams (Labour) and Greens co-leader Marama David­son ac­cepted a pe­ti­tion from The Back­bone Col­lec­tive net­work of sur­vivors.

“We join our hearts to­gether in peace, in grief and in hope, gath­er­ing strength from each other and mak­ing a united call for change.

“We hon­our and re­mem­ber those who lost their lives of those of their loved ones to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence,” said Vic­to­ria KayeSim­mons on be­half of The Back­bone Col­lec­tive, co-founder Deb­o­rah McKen­zie.

“Fam­ily vi­o­lence hides in the shad­ows of our com­mu­ni­ties and our court sys­tem en­ables it.

“We can­not be­gin to change such a toxic cul­ture while the court lurks like a mon­ster un­der the bed, the stuff of night­mares, pray­ing on the vul­ner­a­ble,” said Sarah-Jayne.

“We car­ried your sto­ries into the House of Par­lia­ment to be heard by all. We had a fight on our hands that day, be­cause we couldn’t even get the pe­ti­tion tabled that day. We had a fight to make that hap­pen, and my sis­ters it has been a fight ever since,” said Poto Wil­liams. “This jour­ney is about women, mothers, grand­moth­ers.

“It’s about our whaka­papa and how the fam­ily court de­stroys the fu­ture of our chil­dren and our fam­i­lies. We can­not let this hap­pen.”

“It is be­ing face to face with your ihu and your tears that keeps this on our agenda,” MP Marama David­son told the group.

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A group of from Horowhenua met other sur­vivors on the steps of Par­lia­ment to de­liver ‘Un­ti­tled Woman and Chil­dren’ by Sarah-Jayne Shine and de­liver a pe­ti­tion to up­hold the United Na­tions Rec­om­men­da­tions for a Royal Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into the Fam­ily Court.

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