27 Apr 2011

Insecure future seen for violence prevention groups

10:15 am on 27 April 2011

Te Kupenga, the National Network of Stopping Violence Services, says many organisations providing services to Maori now face an insecure future because of funding cuts.

National manager Brian Gardner says affected organisations include Tai Tokerau umbrella group Amokura, Te Rito family violence prevention, Women's Refuge and self-defence courses.

He told Waatea News the cuts don't square with the Government's rhetoric of focussing on frontline services.

Mr Gardner says organisations affected by funding cuts have until Thursday to apply for alternate funding from the new Family-Centred Services Fund.

First rangatahi-focussed workshop

Meanwhile, Te Kupenga is holding its first workshop in Wellington for people working with rangatahi.

Spokesperson Parekotuku Moore says the RAP or Respect All People Whakamana Tangata initiative aims to give youth organisations practical suggestions on what they can do in their communities to change attitudes to violence.

Ms Moore told Waatea News that the Health Ministry-funded project tries to address the problem in all its forms, including bullying, the spreading of lies and false rumours, and threats of physical violence.

Young people themselves are reporting and wanting to address those types of behaviour, she says.

Ms Moore says that if rangatahi grow up in a culture of respect, they're less likely to use violence as adults.