Women remembered in anti-violence walk

Last updated 12:45 10/12/2012
Rocks Rd, Nelson
MARTIN de RUYTER/Fairfax NZ

WALK THE TALK: Soroptimists and supporters walk along Rocks Rd during their campaign to stop violence against women. Seventy-five people walked from the Church Steps to Tahunanui Beach on Saturday.

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Two trees are to be planted in memory of two women from the Nelson region who died from violence in the past year.

The trees were presented to Tasman district Mayor Richard Kempthorne and Nelson councillor Pete Rainey during an event aimed at raising awareness of violence against women.

Soroptimists and their supporters walked from the Church Steps to Tahunanui Beach during their Walk the Talk event on Saturday.

Soroptimist International of Nelson president Joy Oakly said about 100 people gathered at the steps for speeches, then 75 people walked from there to along Rocks Rd.

Ms Oakly spoke about the international 16 days of Activism on Gender Violence campaign, which ended today.

She also spoke about how important it was for people to say "it's not OK" to ignore violence against women.

Nelson MP Nick Smith and Nelson-based Labour list MP Maryan Street spoke about the high level of domestic violence in Nelson, and how the community should be doing more to encourage people to report it.

Mr Kempthorne and Mr Rainey were each presented with a tree, in memory of the two women in the Nelson region who died in the past year. Michael William Beca was arrested for the murder of Lisa Maree Corbett, 37, after her body was found in the back of a car parked near the Nelson police station on March 12.

A 55-year-old Nelson man has been charged with the murder of Sharyn Wilkinson-Foley, 39, from Richmond. Ms Wilkinson-Foley was found dead in her Salisbury Rd home in May.

Both cases are still before the court. Ms Oakly said: "These trees will be planted at a suitable reserve at a more appropriate time of the year.

"The Nelson and Waimea clubs were delighted with the reactions that we received from motorists while walking the route - lots of toots and waves - and hope that the past week has highlighted this issue, again in our communities, that violence against women is not acceptable."

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