Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Shavaughn Ruakere joins campaign to save crisis line

Shortland Street Star Shavaughn Ruakere jumps on board campaign to save crisis line for Aucklanders, while Aucklanders petition MP Nikki Kaye on Facebook

Shortland Street star Shavaughn Ruakere has written an open letter to Prime Minister John Key, calling on the PM to ensure Auckland’s 24/7 sexual violence crisis line remains open beyond Christmas. Ruakere's open letter joins with over 12,000 people who have signed a petition on Change.org calling on the Key government to stop the closure of the service. While celebrities like Ruakere went public with support, nearly 300 impassioned messages appeared on Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye's Facebook page as Aucklanders appealed to her to save their service.

Ruarkere says she was inspired to write the open letter to Key because of her recent experience on Shortland Street, in which her character Roimata was sexually assaulted in a story line. Ruakere relays the importance of the crises line based on this encounter in her letter to Key:

“I had the chance to talk to Help crisis line counselling staff to find out what it's like for victims of sexual violence. In the middle of the night when they feel like they can't go on, this service can be the difference between life and death. When court processes are underway, and women and children are testifying about what they've suffered, this is the service they call on. This experience has shown me we can’t afford to lose the crisis line.”

The Change.org petition starter Kirsty McCully says that it's time for the government to keep its word.

“It’s surreal that within a year of committing to ongoing funding for this vital service, Key has back-flipped and pulled their funding," Ms McCully says.

"It’s a real let down, and I think people really feel that Key has broken his promise to the Auckland community."

“Last time, people poured their hearts out on Key’s Facebook page, explaining why they wanted the service saved. But it seems that the PM wasn’t really listening."

“He’s letting an amount as small as $116,000—less than 1/3 of his annual salary—stand between the women and children of Auckland and the crisis service they need."

"This time, Key is deleting posts on his Facebook page about the closure, so Aucklanders have petitioned Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye, with over 300 messages being posted on her page in under 2 hours"

"This is an overwhelming response which clearly shows the support the 24/7 sexual violence crisis service has in the Auckland community. Kaye must now act to ensure Prime Minister Key gets the message from Aucklanders".

The service has only three weeks of funding left before cuts have to be made.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greek Riddles:
Gordon Campbell On The Recent Smackdown Over Greece

There had been a fortnight of fevered buildup. Yet here we are in the aftermath of the February 28 showdown between the new Syriza government in Greece and the European Union “troika” and… no-one seems entirely sure what happened. Did the asteroid miss Earth?

It seems to have. The EU still exists. Syriza is now claiming a victory of sorts. It doesn’t help that the only people who do appear to be sure (the Greeks buckled) are claiming the exact opposite to what the other group (the Greeks won!) are saying. Plus, there are bets either way e.g. Bloomberg News: “Its too early to say who caved in to whom.” More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza? More>>

ALSO:

No Designers Or Visual Artists: Flag Panel Members Announced

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour MP Stands Down From Portfolio: Comment From Carmel Sepuloni

The first I knew of my mother’s charges was when I was called by a reporter yesterday. I spoke to Andrew and we agreed there is a conflict of interest at the present time which means I will temporarily stand aside from the Social Development portfolio. It’s the right thing to do… . More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Whether NZ Troops Are The Least Of Islamic State’s Problems

Given that it has been politically packaged and sold as a training mission, the Iraq deployment announced yesterday by Prime Minister John Key seemed to be mysteriously short of actual trainers... The other wing of the argument is whether a troop deployment is (a) the only effective way and (b) the appropriate time to combat Islamic State. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news