Te Ohaakii a Hine – National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together Hui 2015

Last week Sexual Abuse Prevention Network traveled to Whangarei to attend the Te Ohaakii a Hine – National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together Hui. The theme of this TOAH-NNEST Hui was, ‘Ki a Ora, Ki Ao Ra’, expressing a positive intention going forward, as well as a Kaupapa Māori emphasis on our answers, responses and supports coming from within ourselves, within our families and within our communities. ‘Ki a Ora’ – an action of wellness. ‘Ki’ indicates motion towards; ‘Ao’ is to dawn, the Earth and World and ‘Ra’ the sun and day. It infers healing and moving or shifting our world today.

We heard inspiring words from a number of speakers, including Hinewirangi Kohu-Morgan, Nuki Aldridge and Dr Bruce Gregory. The Hui also included a government agencies panel with representatives from Accident Compensation Corporation, Ministry of Social Development and Ministry for Women.

Fiona and Hayley presenting at the TOAH-NNEST Hui 2015

Sexual Abuse Prevention Network presented on the Safer Bars Initiative project which has been taking place in Wellington since November 2013 and the use of our ‘It’s Our Business’ workshop to enable bar staff to identify warning signs and prevent sexual violence before it occurs.

The Hui was an excellent opportunity to share stories, approaches and ideas about sexual violence prevention, crisis support and healing that is taking place across Aotearoa, as well as turning our minds to what we aspire to achieve together as a collective.

CCDHB Quality Award 2014 Finalist

SAPN is proud to announce that the Who Are You? Steering Committee was selected as a finalist for the CCDHB Quality Award 2014 for the Safer Bars Initiative  – a project working to empower hospitality staff to prevent sexual violence. The award ‘celebrates new, innovative approaches which help to deliver improved quality and safety in both research and clinical practice’.

The Who Are You? steering Committee is compromised of Sexual Abuse Prevention Network, Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP foundation, Wellington Sexual health and Sexual assault Services.

SAPN to present at national hui of TOAH-NNEST

Fiona McNamara and Hayley Adams will present at  “Ki a Ora, Ki Ao Ra: Healing from Within, Affecting Our Wold Today,” the national hui of Te Ohaakii a Hine – National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together (TOAH-NNEST) on behalf of Sexual Abuse Prevention Network and Who Are You? The hui will take place 4-6 March 2015 in Whangarei. Conference registration information is available on the TOAH-NNEST website.

Wellington Safer Bars Initiative

Wellington is considered ‘nationally significant’ as an entertainment destination with almost 600 hospitality businesses and almost 6000 hospitality staff (Wellington City Council). The industry is centered on socializing and having a good time. However, there is harmful behavior happening in our bars too. Half of all rapes in Aotearoa  New Zealand are associated with alcohol (Taskforce for Action on Sexual Violence) and bar staff are in an ideal position to step in to prevent sexual violence before it occurs.

Sexual Abuse Prevention Network has offered awareness and ethical bystander training to hospitality staff since 2009, and from 2013 has been working with the Who are You? Collaboration to implement this as a requirement of hospitality training in Aotearoa New Zealand, starting in Wellington. The Safer Bars Initiative project has explored how to engage bar owners and managers and encourage them to view themselves as a key part of the solution to ending sexual violence.

Who Are You? Steering Committee is comprised of Wellington HELP Foundation, the Wellington Sexual Health Service and Sexual Abuse Prevention Network. Sexual Abuse Prevention Network is a collaboration of Wellington Rape Crisis, Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation and WellStop. The Safer Bars Initiative has been supported by Wellington Police, Wellington City Council and Ministry of Justice.

Thank you to the Craft Beer Community

Enormous thanks to the craft beer community who raised $15 000 for Sexual Abuse Prevention Network by creating and selling a calendar starring brewers and bar staff. Sexual Abuse Prevention Network Project Coordinator, Hayley Adams, who also works at Goldings Free Dive, stars in the May calendar image (above) as Padmé Amidala.