A New Zealand home is the most dangerous place to live


Kaitaia-based Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis, who made eliminating sexual and domestic violence one of his priorities when elected in 2014, took part in a White Ribbon march in Hastings yesterday. Men had to stand up and take control of the issue, he said.

“Women have been carrying this burden for way too long. Coming up to Christmas, the best gift we can give our children is to love their mothers,” he said.

In Auckland, White Ribbon marchers walked up Queen St to Myers Park for a rally.

At Tauranga on Tuesday, 25 White Ribbon riders motored into the Papamoa Plaza to cheers from a crowd of about 50 people. Chief victims advisor to the Government Dr Kim McGregor said it was important that men continued to campaign against violence against women.

In Rotorua, the head of police challenged teenage boys to “champion” the White Ribbon philosophy — saying it is one of the greatest legacies they can leave for their whanau and wider community.

Area commander Superintendent Bruce Horne singled out three teenage boys at yesterday’s White Ribbon Day event in the city, saying young adults needed to be at the centre of changing attitudes towards domestic violence.

Rotorua Boys’ High School student Te Maiora Rurehe said it was up to the younger generation — particularly young Maori men — to change things.

“We, the younger generation, have been entrusted with the power to change those statistics.”

Nice bit of Maori bashing going on there.   And the mixed messages of crim hugger Kelvin Davis being “against” domestic violence… seriously, the man has no shame.  Last week he was going into bat for murderers, rapists and pedoes, and this week he’s against family violence?

That said, I have an on-going beef with the National Party in general for continuing to support several people who under the protection of court ordered suppression are allowed to present themselves as better people than they are.   And as a result, those who stand by and allow it are no better.

Way too many “prominent New Zealanders” with name suppression who continue to be publicly supported and, in some cases, stand there with white ribbons on their chests themselves.  Domestic violence is not solved by hiding the offenders among us, protected from public scrutiny and able to continue to beat their wives, indecently assault visitors or sexually assault their own children.


– NZ Herald

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