Flush of action against bullies

22:08, May 25 2014
Pink Shirt Day
STOP BULLYING: A sea of pink shirts turned up at Lansdowne Park on Friday in support of the Pink Shirt Day 2014 campaign.

Almost 80 Marlburians got behind an anti-bullying campaign at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim on Friday afternoon.

Organisers said it was great to see so many people supporting the inaugural campaign, which they hoped would continue to grow.

Ministry of Social Development Te Punanga Haumaru (Safe Haven) anti-bullying programme co-ordinator Liz Collyns said she hoped the day would encourage "those being bullied to ask for help, and those bullying to stop doing it".

Reformed bully Tawhirirangi Mason, 16, said he had hoped more people would turn up, but said everywhere he went in Blenheim people were wearing pink, so the message was getting out.

"We want people to talk about it and support each other to help stop bullying," he said.

Lyn Caughey from Supporting Families Marlborough said that if the campaign stopped even one child from being bullied, it was a success.

"It's important to remember that bullying doesn't only take place in schools. It is shocking how many people are bullied in the workplace. It needs to be addressed and stopped everywhere," she said.

Labour Party Kaikoura electorate candidate Janette Walker said the campaign had been a great initiative.

"If we can help children develop the life skills to cope with bullying or not to be bullies when they are young, they have a better chance when they are older."


The Marlborough Express