PPDVP Workshop Auckland

PPDVP Mentors workshop – a workshop for PPDVP staff will be held in Auckland on 9th and 10th March, to focus on implementation of the findings of the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) surveys of five countries and the case file (DV file attrition) analysis in 2014.  This will drive the majority of the mentors in country delivery out to 30 June 2016.


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.

PPDVP Programme Manager takes up role with White Ribbon, NZ

Cam Ronald has taken up a voluntary role with White Ribbon New Zealand as the chair of the national advisory committee, and their spokesman.  Cam takes this position over from Judge Peter Boshier, who led the PJDP Family Violence activities, and who is now the NZ Chief Ombudsman.

Peter Boshier and Cam Ronald









This link is to the White Ribbon NZ Facebook page.



“An Evidence Based Approach to Achieving Sustainability”

Members of the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) International Development Group (IDG) attended a PPDVP briefing on Phase II, and an outline of the plans for the next phase from 2016 to 2021, on Friday 19th August.

The contract between MFAT IDG and Police was signed off earlier in the week.

The presentation – “An Evidence Based Approach to Achieving Sustainability” – is available for download. PPDVP MFAT IDG 19 August

Cam Ronald and Nga Utanga from the PPDVP Programme Implementation Unit presented the session with MFAT and fielded a great range of questions.

Programme Manager

Cam Ronald has completed his contract as the PPDVP Programme Manager, and is developing the Activity Completion Report for the last five years.

The position of PPDVP Programme Manager is being currently relieved by senior sergeant Emma Fleming of NZ Police until the vacancy is filled.  Emma’s e mail is emma.fleming@police.govt.nz.

The Programme Manager position has been advertised and closed on the 12th August 2016.

Pacific Women identify religion as key driver for change in VAWG

Pacific Women’s Network Against Violence Against Women meeting in Fiji has spoken out on VAW, and the role that Churches are playing in speaking out against it.

The media release from Radio NZ is here link 



Vanuatu – farewell to Pop and welcome to Rei

Inspector Peter (Pop) McKennie has finished his five years with PPDVP as the Vanuatu mentor. A farewell was held with the NZ High Commissioner, Deputy Police Commissioner, AFP members and 3P team, and police and community members at Chantillys on Friday the 8th.

Group photos, Deputy Commissioner, Pop, NZ HC, Rei and others

Group photo with Deputy Commissioner, Pop, NZ HC, Rei and others

Senior Sergeant Rei Maresala-Thomson, who has previous experience in Vanuatu with NZ Police programme 3P takes over the role

The Vanuatu media have reported on the work that “Pop” has undertaken and also Rei joining the ongoing work.

Updated – Vacancies – Documents for applicants for PPDVP positions

PPDVP has two advertised vacancies for the Programme Manager and the Programme Officer. Two vacancies for PPDVP Country Mentors are available.

The Programme Manager position is advertised and available for applications from people outside of NZ Police, while the other positions are only available to current NZ Police employees.

Applicants may wish to access current assessments and reports on PPDVP, which are provided in this Post.  The first  three documents relate to the current assessment and design for the third phase of PPDVP.

2016 PPDVP briefing note Phase III

16.04.19 PPDVP Current Status Report-final

16 06 09 PPDVP ADD FINAL – Exec summary – extended

A key strategy for PPDVP is the 2014 Nadi Accord on culture, religion and tradition. This is available at PPDVP Accord on culture and religion final

The UN Women organisation has developed a best practice guide for the response by various agencies to violence against women. PPDVP contributed to these. They will be a key performance indicator for the next phase of PPDVP.  A summary is available at 16.06.01 Annex L – UN Indicators

The full Justice Sector module, including police, is available at module-3-police_and_justice


Samoan Rugby Player speaks out against violence

Motulu was one of our rugby personalities in our work in Samoa in 2009 and Vanuatu in 2014, and he has continued his support, great messaging, great example.

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Cherelle Leilani Latafale Fruean with Kate Davidson and 6 others.

Motu Matuu (White Ribbon Ambassador) on why EVAW is important to him: “We play a very physical sport, and sometimes rugby can get quite violent. But that’s where it needs to end. When we go back home, we need to treat our families with love and respect. In order to be a great ambassador for the Manu Samoa you have to be a great ambassador off the field as well.”
‪#‎LeManu‬ ‪#‎UNWomen‬ ‪#‎OrangeDay‬ ‪#‎SamoaPolice‬ ‪#‎Taula‬ ‪#‎EVAW‬‪#‎ManuSaysNoToViolence‬ UN Women Pacific Manu Samoa Taula Beverages – Samoa

Tui Macuata makes commitment on ending violence against women

The Paramount Clan Chief for Macuata in Fiji has spoken on family violence. This is from a FWCC media advisory.

Traditional leaders, chiefs and people of stature speaking out in this way supports the PPDVP Nadi Accord of 2014, and offer an example to others in a similar position.

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CAPTION: Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere, speaks at the closing of the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre workshop in Labasa, while Divisional Police Commander and course participant, SSP Shiri Bhawan Singh looks on.

FWCC Media release:

LABASA (17 June 2016) – The Tui Macuata, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere, made a commitment to ending violence against women in his province while closing a five-day workshop in Labasa on gender-based violence for senior police officers in the Northern Division.

Ratu Wiliame was speaking at the conclusion of the workshop facilitated by Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre and funded by UNDP for 20 officers, who included the Divisional Police Commander Northern, SSP Shiri Bhawan Singh.

Macuata’s paramount chief said the police had his support in the work to eliminate violence against women in his province.

He said the law and human rights overrode tradition and culture and that when it came to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, the law will be allowed to take its course.

The province’s chiefs have been advised they all needed to make a stand against rape, child abuse and other gender-based violence.

“I told them that it’s about time [we did something about it],” Ratu Wiliame said, adding that he understood the tensions between culture and tradition, and human rights and the law.

He spoke of how in one of his villages a traditional apology was offered to a rape victim’s family by the perpetrator’s family and the incident was swept under the carpet.

“But I told them we must not condone it. We need to let the law take its course,” Ratu Wiliame said.

He also encouraged NGOs to take advantage of the provincial office in Macuatu to get the message out about ending violence against women and children.

Twenty station officers and leaders of units and formations from Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Rabi underwent an intensive five-day workshop aimed at helping them understand the dynamics of gender and violence against women, as well as how to respond sensitively and appropriately to survivors reporting domestic violence and sexual offences.

FWCC Coordinator Shamima Ali thanked the officers that despite the topics of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and harassment and child abuse being uncomfortable topics, they had persevered and shown great willingness to improve their behaviour.

“The officers have taken on board all they have learnt this week on aspects of gender and violence against women and will hopefully begin to change they way the relate to women in their homes, workplace and community,” said Ms Ali.

This was the third in a series of four workshops for the top-ranked officers of the Fiji Police Force, sanctioned by the Police Commissioner, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho.

Sonja Bachmann from UNDP said: “These trainings come at a critical time when the issue of eradicating violence against women and children has become a national issue.

“The public expects police officers to take effective action and the participation of police officers at the highest level shows their strong commitment to tackle this issue.”



Violence Against Women is an Issue for Men

This item, from a TED presentation, makes it very clear that men need to change to stop violence against women.  Jackson makes the point that making change is more than just a few men standing up and supporting women’s right. It is a task for all men.

Jackson Katz: Violence against women—it’s a men’s issue


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