White Ribbon march for Manurewa to stand up to family violence

Bhana and Grantham expect up to 200 people to take part in the march, which is the first of its kind in Manurewa.
Chris Harrowell

Bhana and Grantham expect up to 200 people to take part in the march, which is the first of its kind in Manurewa.

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out in south Auckland for a public march against family violence.

The White Ribbon march on September 2 starts at Manurewa Marae and is being organised by Safer Aotearoa Family Violence Prevention Network manager Raewyn Bhana with support from the Manurewa Community Network.

It will be opened by Hauraki-Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta and is the first of its kind in the suburb.

Raewyn Bhana, left, and Kasia Grantham invite people to a White Ribbon march in Manurewa, south Auckland, on September ...
Chris Harrowell

Raewyn Bhana, left, and Kasia Grantham invite people to a White Ribbon march in Manurewa, south Auckland, on September 2, that starts at Manurewa Marae.

"We are wanting Manurewa to stand up against violence," Bhana says.

"We want to say that we own our community, that enough is enough, and we want to eradicate domestic violence from Manurewa."

Bhana acknowledges stopping family violence in the suburb is a big goal, but says "you've got to start somewhere".

"Violence in any form is not acceptable. We want this to be a liveable and safe city."

She says she expects 100-200 people to take part in the march.

Motorcyclists known as the White Ribbon riders will lead it off and there will be a range of entertainment, including from the Tongan Brass Band, and performances from local school children.

Education stalls will be set up to give people the chance to ask questions about family violence.

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"It's a community day for people to come out, do the march, and stand up against violence," Bhana says.

"Manurewa is a concern for the level of family violence cases that happen [in the area].

"We want to support our whanau and our community.

"There are agencies where people can get support and help."

According to the 'It's not OK' anti-family violence campaign, about half of all homicides in New Zealand are committed by a member of the victim's family.

More than 70 per cent of family violence incidents are not reported to police.

Police investigated 118,910 family violence incidents in 2016, which is an increase of more than 8000 from the previous year.

Family violence is estimated to cost the country between $4.1 billion and $7b annually.

The march is from 10am to 2pm on September 2 at Manurewa Marae, 81 Finlayson Ave, Clendon Park, with lunch at 12.30pm.

It will cover a distance of 4.5 kilometres and it's free to take part. All are welcome.

 - Stuff

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