Tuvalu Language Week in NZ

Tuvalu Language week will be held in New Zealand  from 27 September to 3 October 2015.

PPDVP Mentor, Rei Marsesala-Thomson; Tuvalu Police officer and domestic violence coordinator – Constable Matanga Lauti; and school pupils of the Nauti School in Funafuti, Tuvalu, have prepared a short video supporting the week of activity in New Zealand.

Tuvalu School message – YouTube

This is a great initiative as it brings the links between the Tuvalu community in New Zealand, in Tuvalu itself, closer together through our linkages at both ends with Rei in Manukau Police and working with the communities in the Manukau and wider area.

Community action on DV in Tuvalu

The Tuvalu Domestic Violence community group met on Thursday 3rd September with the PPDVP mentor, Rei Maresala-Thomson and Matt Lauti from Tuvalu Police.

The community team, working with Tuvalu Police, and their community, with PPDVP support

The community team, working with Tuvalu Police, and their community, with PPDVP support

This group have taken the lead in community interaction on DV and othe issues. Amongst the things discussed and agreed for action were:

New initiative: Family/community outreach program – aimed to identify families of DV, visit them in their homes to provide multi agency wrap around support and use those who have changed their lives for the better to raise awareness with others.

Media: Continue utilising the media to get radio awareness out and they agreed to jointly utilise it to promote their objectives and calendar of events including WR and upcoming movie nights. Matt will do weekly slots to update community on DV and community events and media to advertise and promote DV group events throughout programming. (whole DV group effort).

3) White Ribbon Day: Confirm the agenda and schedule of events for WR (whole of DV group effort ) & secretary Matt to confirm next meeting date.

Family Violence Awareness in Tonga

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The Tonga Police Development Programme (TPDP) which is a tri-partite agreement between the Tongan Government, New Zealand and Australia, has worked with PPDVP and the Tonga Police to produce three billboards carrying a non violence message.

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These will be fixed to police stations and used as general signage.

TPDP provided the funding for this initiative, and consulted with PPDVP and the Tonga Police DV unit to bring it together.

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The character of the “victim” in some of the images is played by a Tongan Police member.

Manakau Victim Support & PPDVP

In June 2015 Counties Manukau Police District were the recipients of a credit voucher of accommodation from the Pacific Prevention of Domestic Violence Programme (PPDVP). The gift was an acknowledgement of the districts hosting and support of the PPDVP tour in June which involved visting OCs of Domestic Violence from across the Pacific.

The credit is provided to Counties Manukau Districts Family Violence Team in the hope that it may be used for a shelter for a victim and family.

On Wednesday the 19th of August 2015 the credit voucher was presented to Desmond Abrahams, District Co-ordinator from Victim Support for Counties Manukau. The presentation of the voucher was given by Sergeant Akerei (Rei) Maresala-Thomson, Programme Mentor for PPDVP and S/Sgt Amber Stobie, District Family Violence Coordinator.

Manakau Victim Support

“Thank you very much to the Counties Manukau Police and PPDVP for this support and no doubt it will go to great use for our clients.” Desmond Abrahams – District Co-ordinator from Victim Support for Counties Manukau

Rei advised PPDVP that the accommodation voucher had been used in the weekend of 22nd August to house a family which required immediate assistance after a domestic violence case.

Deployment to Samoa

Mentor for Samoa Detective Sergeant Ian McCambridge will travel to Samoa for his scheduled deployment 3rd – 14th August.

Travelling with Ian will be PPDVP programme officer Inspector Nga Utanga for his first time trip to the Samoa DVU 3rd – 8th August Nga will meet with the new Commissioner, DVU staff and generally observe Ians scheduled programme.

UN Women – New toolkit helps projects to end violence against women and girls

UN Women have published and delivered their new toolkit to help the development of projects to end violence against women and girls.   A training workshop was held in Tonga last weekend.  The news release is below.

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The UN TOOLKIT is available at this link

New PPDVP Mentor Rei Maresala-Thomson

PPDVP welcomes Akerei (Rei) Maresala-Thomson to the PPDVP Mentor Team.

Rei is a sergeant in Counties Manukau where he works with the New Zealand Pacific Islands communities, especially in violence reduction.

Rei Maresala-Thomson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rei is of Samoan descent, and has links across the pacific.

He will be the PPDVP mentor to the “link countries” with PPDVP including Tuvalu, Niue and Nauru.

Rei replaces Felix Alefaio who has left NZ Police to join the Northern Territory Police in Australia.

PPDVP study tour visits Comms Centre

PPDVP study tour members attended the NZ Police Northern Communications Centre in Auckland yesterday.  They were briefed by the shift manager on the work of the centre and then spent time listening to calls being taken and vehicles being assigned.  One call was a domestic violence case which allowed members to see and hear an actual case being dealt with.  Team members noted that the level of interviewing by communicators meant that a full story was obtained and they have undertaken to improve their own call taking processes back in their home countries. While this is a manual system, in most cases, the techniques seen are able to be readily applied.

This evening team members are out on the streets of Counties Manukau again with NZ Police staff.

Team members are briefed on the role of the communications centre

Team members are briefed on the role of the communications centre

 

Auckland PPDVP Study Tour photos

A few photos of the team, who are learning what a NZ winter can be like as well as increasing their police skills, in Auckland this week.

PPDVP Team members will join NZ Police staff on patrol duty this evening.

 

Group photo with the Friendship House team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group photo with the Friendship House team

A pacific elder addresses the group on the work of the Pasifika Youth Court

Family Violence Court – A pacific elder addresses the group on the work of the Pasifika Youth Court

Briefing with Counties Manukau Police

Briefing with Counties Manukau Police

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Various members at the briefing

Various members at the briefing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team members are briefed on the work of The Project

Team members are briefed on the work of The Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff are briefed on the NZ Police response to case management  - FVIARS

Staff are briefed on the NZ Police response to case management – FVIARS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samoa programme officers outline their male counselling programme

Friendship House – Samoa programme officers outline their male counselling programme

PPDVP Auckland Study Tour

Eleven police members from 10 countries are currently undertaking a one week “study tour” on domestic and family violence with PPDVP staff and Counties Manukau Police in Auckland.  This PPDVP News release outlines their activities.

Photos of the police from Palau, Guam, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Niue,Kiribati, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, and the Cook Islands, will follow

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