NZ Rugby tackles domestic violence in Vanuatu

A squad of NZ Rugby players and officials has teamed up with PPDVP, the Vanuatu Police and a range of local organisations to run a week long programme of awareness raising on domestic violence in Vanuatu.

The week of awareness raising and linking in with vulnerable people in the Vanuatu community has certainly got the message out – “There is no excuse for abuse!”

PPDVP Programme Manager, Cam Ronald, says “Each year we take the message to a pacific country, and each year it gets better.  This last week in Vanuatu has been an extraordinary success.  Our thanks goes to the NZ High Commission, the Vanuatu Police, Vanuatu Rugby, and hundreds of school kids for their involvement. ”  “And of course, special thanks and recognition to Steve Symonds and his team of rock stars from NZ Rugby and NZ Hockey.”

Cam said that this enthusiasm needs to continue “While this week will last in peoples memory, it is important that people in authority and people working with the vulnerable at ground level, continue to raise awareness and to work together.”

Some examples of the great work –

The New Zealand High Commission in Port Vila gave their support for the week, and this produced strong local content and helped to ensure that senior government officials joined the activities – the Prime Minister attended three activities and the NZ High Commissioner joined activities each day.

Television NZ One News traveled with the group for the first few days, and their coverage has raised the level of awareness in New Zealand and across the pacific.   Links to two TVNZ shows

New Zealand media have carried various personal stories, such as this

Steve Symonds from NZ Rugby is a Players Development Manager leading the rugby sides of the event, and he joined an ABC Radio interview where he outlined the work of the players and made observations on the success of this Vanuatu experience.

And of course, there were lots of great photos, here are few of them


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And of course social media played it;s part – her is a link to some of the articles and comments ion the PPDVP Facebook site

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