Manukau Courier : November 25th 2010
7 MANUKAU COURIER, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 NEWS 2degrees Stores are here. Special opening offers! Double Your Airtime. Buy a Top Up in store this weekend and we'll double it! 2DEG2162_MANUKAU Save $97 amsung Crest Colour Screen Hands-free Speaker Phone Alarm Torch ormally $99 2degrees Westfield Manukau S•C • • •T N Hot deals start at 9am, Saturday 27th November. Just $2 Only 50 per store Special opening offers only available at the new 2degrees Westfield Manukau store. One handset per person, while stocks last (50 per store). Buy any top up between 27-28 November 2010 and receive a free top-up voucher of equal value. Maximum free top-up per person of $150 applies. Violence-free Vic takes to the road By MELISSA KINEALY Ribbons for awareness: Vic Tamati from the It's Not OK television advertisements has been in south Auckland for Teal Ribbon Week.Photo: SIMON WATTS He travels New Zealand spreading a violence-free message but Vic Tamati wants to see more done. The star of the It's Not OK television ads was in Manu- kau last week for south Auck- land's Teal Ribbon Week, handing out ribbons and talking to the community about the message Choose 2 b violence free. He handed out about 1900 teal ribbons in Clendon and had numerous people come up to him, asking where they knew him from. I only have one story,'' he says. In that story he tells people how violence towards his family ended with his wife taking the kids and leaving him. That got him talking with his wife about his violence and made him realise what he was doing wasn't normal. He took part in a stopping violence programme where he learnt the tools to make him- self violence-free. He's been that way since 1992 but it's taken a long time for his family to trust him again. Now he's employed by the It's Not OK campaign through the Pacific Island Safety and Prevention Project in Waitakere as a violence- free champion. And because this week it's White Ribbon Week, Vic's on the road again. This time he's travelling to Levin, the Kapiti Coast, Wel- lington and Hawke's Bay showing violence-free DVDs and talking to communities. He knows that speaking publicly about his story can bring issues to the surface for some people. Looking to the future he'd like to see a refuge-type cen- tre for men to drop into and offload from their day if they're feeling stressed or angry. As long as there are perpetrators there are victims.'' Helping men talk to each other would prevent violence and keep the family home a sanctuary. And when men are referred from the courts into violence- free programmes he wants those classes to be longer and more intensive. We've got to give that man a chance to get it right.'' People can go online and ask Vic questions at www.areyouok.org.nz. Bikers' show of support White Ribbon Week pushes the hard-hitting message ''show you're against violence towards women''. The Families Commis- sion says one in three women are victims of violence from a partner and that on average 14 women are killed each year by a member of their own family. A White Ribbon motor- cycle ride organised by the commission left Tauranga on Saturday to travel through the centre of the North Island to Wellington and then north to Auckland via Counties Manukau. It was to arrive in central Manukau at noon today. The riders were to be joined by local men and celebrities and more than 200 motorcycle enthusiasts for a parade around Westfield Manukau shopping centre, followed by a barbecue in Manukau Square with speakers and entertainment. Go to www.white ribbon.org.nz for details.
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