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.
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.