Topic: Crime

Ngāti Porou prove commitment to violence free future

By Aroha Treacher

Ngāti Porou have carved out their commitment to a violence free future by putting their name to the national E Tū Whānau campaign.  

Whānau took to the streets of Gisborne to show their support for White Ribbon Day.

Leighton Packer says, “We're walking for anti-violence because there's too much violence in our community so it’s to make a stand in the community.”

Each year there are more than 3500 convictions against men for assaulting women across the country.

“It's just putting it out there that there's help for out there for those families in need that are having trouble behind the scenes,” said Ernest Packer.

Selwyn Parata (Ngāti Porou) believes, “Everything in this charter is there to help strengthen the family and help enrich their lives within their own family, hapū and iwi.”

The charter is an initiative that acknowledges that all violence toward whānau is unacceptable within Māoridom, something Ngāti Porou wholeheartedly supports.

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