Stuart Smith supports “Walk the Hurunui Family Violence – It’s Not OK” march

Kaikoura news
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith says the anti-domestic violence walk organised by community group Together Hurunui has been a valuable way to inform and bring communities together.

Together Hurunui, which comprises of a number of social agencies and community groups, organised the public ‘Walk The Hurunui - to support the Family Violence – It’s Not OK’ walk.

Stuart Smith took part in one section of the walk which began in Balcairn on March 4 and ends this Friday, March 18 in Amberley.

"Walking in the march was a good opportunity to speak to students, teachers and parents.  I found it very rewarding."

At several destinations on the march, organisers held discussions on how to keep each community safe; others made plans to hold future anti family violence events.

Participants also planted flaxes at local schools to highlight the family bond in Maori culture.

“This is about communities coming together and supporting one another. The It’s Not OK programme is doing some excellent work nationally in its campaign against domestic violence and Together Hurunui is taking that another big step forward,” Stuart Smith says.

“I applaud the organiser of Walk The Hurunui, Lois McGirr, and her team for organising this event to highlight what is a very important issue.”