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Campaign takes aim at violence in the home
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A campaign which has already made
real inroads into preventing violence
in the home is stepping up a notch in
Five messages like It's not OK to
hurt our children' will be promoted
throughout the city in an enhance-
ment of the national Family Violence
-- It's Not OK campaign.
The vision of the national cam-
paign, which has been running for
five years, is to create a community
where each person believes there is
something they can do to help and
will act when they know violence is
Former Whangarei and Kaipara
police area commander Paul Dimery
says the campaign has already made
a big difference by encouraging
women to stand up to domestic viol-
Women have changed,'' Mr
Now they don't accept what hap-
pens to them in the home -- these
changes are really cool.''
Mr Dimery says family violence is
the key to all crime, leading on to
other criminal activities and drug
taking. Two key themes underpin
the Whangarei public awareness
campaign -- the themes Children are
our Rangatira' and Partner Abuse is
The campaign aims to create a
social climate that supports a change
in behaviour to stop family violence.
LONDON CALLING FOR OUR WHANGAREI CONTENDERS
By DENISE PIPER
Golden girls: Black Sticks sisters Charlotte, left, and Samantha Harrison are just two
of the nine Whangarei athletes competing at the London Olympic Games.
Photo: FAIRFAX NZ
NINE athletes will represent
Whangarei in the pinnacle of all
sporting events -- the Olympic
The group of Olympians at the
London games, which start this
week, is believed to be one of the
largest ever produced by the district.
Included in the New Zealand team
are five Whangarei Black Sticks:
Ella Gunson, Char-
lotte and Samantha
Michelsen and Alana
players Abby Erceg
and Hannah Wilkin-
son are also taking
part with the Foot-
Whangarei-raised sailor Jenna
Hansen will be part of the women's
match-racing team, while Whang-
arei-born triathlete Nicky Samuels
has also made the cut.
Northland Hockey chief executive
and former Olympian Grant McLeod
says the big bubble of Whangarei
athletes is great for the area.
Whenever a region has success in
sport there's a bit of a feel-good that
goes with it for those left at home.
I think it's pretty special when
you can watch the Olympic Games,
the pinnacle of all sporting events,
and you can identify a person or say
they come from my town','' he says.
Mr McLeod hopes Whangarei res-
idents will support the athletes by
watching them on TV. Many of the
hockey games will be played in the
morning in London, making for easy
evening viewing in New Zealand.
Some of the games will be quite
good times to watch.''
Mr McLeod says many studies
show that a high proportion of suc-
cessful athletes come from provincial
or rural areas.
Generally in those smaller areas,
they play against
adults much younger
and that's quite a
benefit for them to
be exposed at an
But he says the
high number of
Sticks is something
We've got to realise they're a spe-
cial group of girls. At one stage we
had nine out of the 18 Black Sticks,
which is pretty amazing.''
Mr McLeod competed at the 1984
and 1992 Olympics and says the ath-
letes will be pretty excited in the
lead-up to the games.
All apart from Abby Erceg are
going to the Olympic Games for the
It's the best sporting event that
you can ever go to, no doubt. You
can't buy your way into it -- you get
there because you're good enough to
be there. They will have memories
that will last forever.''
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