31 May 2015

Two-week hikoi against sexual violence

11:14 am on 31 May 2015

Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis is among those taking part in a 440-kilometre march from Auckland to Cape Reinga against domestic and sexual violence.

Kelvin Davis (left) with fellow marcher Eric Bolt as the hikoi reaches Orewa.

Kelvin Davis (left) with fellow marcher Eric Bolt as the hikoi reaches Orewa. Photo: Twitter / @NgatiBird

The hikoi, organised by the group Men Against Sexual Violence, began on Friday.

Speaking from Orewa, 58 kilometres in, Mr Davis told Sunday Morning host Wallace Chapman he wished he'd spoken out sooner about sexual violence in the Far North.

He said his conscience was pricked when he heard about the arrest in 2012 of former teacher James Parker on multiple charges of abusing young boys.

"He fell out of the woodwork and I thought at the time, 'Oh crikey, you know, if only I'd done something when I knew there was a problem, I could have helped a number of kids not to be abused'," he said.

Mr Davis said the so-called Roastbusters case in Auckland, where a group of young men bragged online about having sex with intoxicated girls, also struck a chord with him.

The hikoi is expected to reach Cape Reinga on 14 June.