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It’s not OK community funding tops $2 million

Hon Ruth Dyson
Minister for Social Development & Employment

5th September 2008 Media Statement

It’s not OK community funding tops $2 million

"More communities are getting funding to support the change required to prevent family violence", said Ruth Dyson, Social Development and Employment Minister.

Thirty five projects will receive a total of $826,680. This is in addition to 62 community organisations that have already received a total of $1.35 million from the Community Action Fund.

“Family violence is a community problem and the government has a responsibility to support local efforts to help put an end to it. We are making good progress but there is still more work to do to ensure that family violence is regarded as a community issue that is everyone’s business," said Ms Dyson.

The Community Action Fund is a key component of the Campaign for Action on Family Violence – the It’s not OK campaign. The campaign includes TV advertising, an 0800 information line and website and partnerships with community and government organisations.

"Research shows that 89% of people surveyed are aware of the It’s not OK campaign and nearly one in five (19%) have taken some action as a result," said Ms Dyson.

"The campaign is changing people’s attitudes and their behaviour. This funding enables work to happen at a local level to assist communities to think and talk about what eliminating family violence means for them," said Ms Dyson.

A new founding round will open in February, 2009. Details are available on the campaign website at

A list of successful applicants and more information about the projects is attached.

Community Action Fund - Third Funding Round

Te Aupouri Maori Trust Board
Kaitaia Community campaign focusing on primary school aged children and their whanau/ families

NZ Ethnic Social Services Trust
Waitakere Farsi language family violence prevention TV programmes
Raising awareness with ethnic women
Developing resources in ethnic languages

Chinese Mental Health Consultation Services Trust
Auckland “ Family Harmony Movement: Family Violence Free” Cantonese and Mandarin media campaign using radio and print media

Hindu Council of New Zealand Incorporated
Mangere Peaceful Families: Peaceful Communities Project
Raising awareness of family violence particularly the impact of violence on children through community events and radio

Pacific Island Safety & Prevention Project Incorporated
Auckland Youth music and drama group to perform family violence prevention messages in
English and Tongan

Chinese New Settlers Services Trust (CNSST)
Auckland Chinese community campaign promoting harmonious families through the Moon festival and radio. Training for church leaders/ pastors

LIA Trust
Auckland Raising awareness of family violence through Tongan and Samoan TV programmes
The Auckland Coalition for the Safety of Women and Children
Auckland Film competition for young adults on family violence

Birkenhead Northcote Community Families Trust
North Shore City - NEW Community development approach to family violence prevention and local campaign.
Raising awareness with the Muslim community
Auckland Somali Community Association Incorporated
Auckland Raising awareness of child maltreatment and its impacts with women, men and youth. Youth-led Somali language TV programmes
Violence Free Waitakere
Auckland Massey neighbourhood project: street conversations, role model awards and community media

Pasefika Mana Social Work Support Services
Auckland-NEW Raising awareness of family violence through Samoan TV programmes

Waihi Community Resource Centre Incorporated
Waihi - NEW Community campaign in everyday spaces in Waihi and Paeroa

Hauraki Family Violence Intervention Network
Thames Community campaign using key community leaders to role model and lead the local campaign

Whakaatu Whanaunga Trust
Bay of Plenty Community campaign using community leaders, events and business and sporting organisations to promote non-violence

Hamilton Abuse Intervention Project (HAIP)
Hamilton Community campaign focusing on major local events to raise awareness of family violence
Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc
Wairoa Engaging Māori in Hastings, Wairarapa and Wairoa through “Whakamoe Patu – Lay Your Arms to Rest” a performance which actions the Violence Free Iwi Strategy using drama, dance and song to illustrate violence and positive change. Engaging local rangatahi through marae based wananga and the performances

Rotorua Safe Families Leadership Group
Rotorua -NEW Rotorua Safer Families Action Plan
Community campaign and community-led neighbourhood initiatives to prevent family violence
Dannevirke Family Services
Dannevirke Community campaign making family violence prevention messages highly visible in the Tararua district

Te Aroha Noa Community Services
Palmerston North -NEW Community wide engagement in family violence prevention through
• community leaders
• street and neighbourhood initiatives
• community wide events

Family Works Centre, Wanganui
Wanganui Whole community child maltreatment prevention campaign

Te Ora Hou Whanganui
Wanganui-NEW Taking a community development approach to family violence prevention through “Stone Soup” community gatherings in Gonville
Te Hiringa Hauora Matauranga - Iwi
Paraparaumu Marae based initiative using kawa in the home as it is used on marae to guide behaviour and prevent family violence

Change Makers Refugee Forum
NEW Family violence prevention theatre production with refugee communities in Porirua, Wellington, Hutt Valley and creation of a film resource

Porirua Strong Pacific Families Project
Porirua Mentoring college rugby players in Porirua and developing their understanding of how they will behave in relationships and how they will role model positive non-violent relationships to other young people in their community
New Plymouth Safer Community Council
New Plymouth Protecting Our Children community campaign

Tairawhiti Men Against Violence
Gisborne Engaging men in preventing family violence through White Ribbon Day, Whanau Fishing, Father’s Day and a wananga for male rangatahi
Grey Te Rito Violence Network, Buller Te Rito Family Violence Network
Greymouth Community campaign focusing on protecting children
Te Wai Matua Trust
Dunedin Te Ao Marama – Moving into the world of light
Children’s Day concert raising awareness of child maltreatment and its impacts

Families Without Violence Network
Ashburton Campaign to promote a whole community response to child maltreatment, using local community events and engaging new groups though pubs and sports clubs

Aranui Community Trust
NEW Neighbourhood and community activities to raise awareness of family violence including the AFFIRM youth music event

Nelson Tasman Te Rito Family Violence Network
Nelson - NEW See it, hear it, report it – Family Violence It’s not OK Campaign
Invercargill Family Violence Focus Group
Invercargill Rural community events in Ohai, Winton, Gore and Riverton

Christchurch Women’s Refuge
Christchurch Igniting Change Campaign
Engaging the business community of Christchurch in family violence prevention through the Chamber of Commerce

Marlborough Violence Intervention Project Incorporated
Blenheim Community campaign using radio, cinema, print and a community seminar series


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