Rugby Players to further their support to combat violence in Samoa and Tonga

Players and coaches from the Wellington rugby union and the Waikato rugby union will undertake a short period in both Samoa and Tonga to add their support to the Stop the Silence – End the Violence message during November.  In Samoa the players will continue the successful activities commenced in 2009 with an emphasis on getting the message out to men and boys on Savai’i, as well as activities on Upolo.  These will be linked to International White Ribbon day on the 25 November.

Two Tonga rugby players will move on to Tonga from the 26th to film a series of television commercials, with the Tonga Police Force, which will be shown next year, and again emphasising the need for change in attitudes around domestic and family violence.  Stampede Productions from wellington will develop the advertisements which will have a strong message in the Tongan language.  Kim Bloomfield from PPDVP will coordinate this activity with support from NZ Police Public Affairs adviser, Jane Archibald.  Steve Symonds from Wellington Rugby will support the players in both Samoa and Tonga.

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