Programme Manager – Cam Ronald – says goodbye

Hi everyone

I have retired as the PPDVP Programme Manager after a truly amazing 9 years with the programme, and working with Police, NGO’s, government agencies and people committed to making change in how domestic and family violence is addressed, and the harm reduced, across the pacific.

These are some of my favorite photos showing a NZ Police domestic violence officer with children in the Solomon Islands, police trainees parading at ANZAC Day in West Auckland in 2007, and a team of domestic violence professional police officers, from around the pacific, during a New Zealand study tour.

My introduction to PPDVP was to dive in, head first, at the very deep end in April 2007 – I hadn’t even signed a contract at that stage, but had been accepted for the role. I think I was one of the most attentive students at the initial training in West Auckland, as my background prior to PPDVP had been in other facets of policing, and not family violence. Well, that has certainly changed as I have blended my police experience, with my love and knowledge of the pacific, to help guide PPDVP to the success that it now is.

In the last 2 months I have completed an Activity Completion Report on PPDVP activities over the last five years. This has allowed me to reflect on the success of the Programme, which is largely based around great people, a “can do attitude”, being accountable both up and down the processes, and not being afraid to make changes to prevent violence. Some of these highlights include:

Genuine and caring team work and trust between our PPDVP team and the police, communities and agencies in the countries and across the pacific.

Feeling prevention of domestic and family violence in your heart, not just seeing it as a job.

PPDVP has firmly established itself as a lead organisation not only in the pacific, but across the world, as the techniques and skills developed and used in the pacific have been shared in Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal and Morocco, and are now a core part of the UN standards on violence against women and girls.

Bringing police, NGO’s, agencies, religion, and other leaders together through the Nadi Accord in 2014, to decalre that violence is never OK, and there are no excuses for abuse.

Developing pacific police staff to a standard that they are taking over some of the delivery of advice, skills and training alongside of the PPDVP team – in a “Pacific for Pacific” style.

Setting the standard for regional and in country overseas development assistance in the pacific, and internationally.

Working with sports codes, and especially NZ rugby, to carry a non violence message to young men and boys across the pacific.

Working alongside committed partners such as UN Women, FWCC, RRRT, Pacific Women, and many other regional agencies and their in country representatives and partners.

I want to record my thanks to MFAT International Development Group (previously NZAID) for funding the majority of the activities; to NZ Police International Service Group for having the vision and the commitment; and to the police and other agencies across the pacific who have allowed us to share this journey.

The PPDVP implementation team of Soni, Kim, and Nga are true professionals, and have been awesome workmates and companions. We have had a fantastic team of in country mentors who are really the country experts, they lead – we support, and in turn they deliver. Their skills and commitment are second to none.

PPDVP will continue until 2021 with the aim to bring the core countries of the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati and Vanuatu to a self sustainable level, and support the other PICP members to reach the best standard possible.

I am taking on a voluntary role, in my retirement, with White Ribbon in New Zealand which allows me to return some of my knowledge to my own country, and to share this with the pacific and other communuities both in New Zealand and perhaps across the region.

I wish you all success in your ventures, and encourage you all to work together to reduce the harm to victims of violence and to ensure they achieve access to justice, and therefore to prevent domestic violence.

Stay Safe.

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