Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Designing a better place for our children

www.childmatters.org.nz

Media Release
16 November 2012

Designing a better place for our children

Hamilton, New Zealand – An award winning architecture firm is taking the design of child safe environments to heart by supporting a New Zealand initiative that aims to raise awareness about child abuse and create conversations about what every adult can do protect children.

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of death by child abuse out of 31 OECD countries. For every child death, thousands more are neglected and abused physically, sexually and emotionally.

Chow Hill chief executive David Moore said supporting Buddy Day, New Zealand’s second annual child abuse awareness day, made perfect sense to his team of Waikato and Auckland-based architects.

“We have a responsibility to design with child safety in mind and to create child safe environments. As parents and adults we have more responsibility when it comes to looking out and speaking up for children.”

Buddy Day is being held across the greater Waikato region and in pockets around New Zealand today (Friday, 16 November).

Buddy Day involves adults adopting a life-size cardboard child for the day – a ‘Buddy’ – and then taking their Buddy everywhere they go whether it’s to work, meetings, lunch, shopping or sports games. The idea is that by having the Buddy, thousands of conversations about protecting children and preventing child abuse in New Zealand will occur, that otherwise wouldn’t.

Chow-Hill’s Buddy Fred spent time with the team in Hamilton, including travelling to Mystery Creek Events Centre where architect Brain Rastrick is working on designing a new headquarters building. Fred accompanied associate Jane Hill and chief executive Brian Moore to a client, visited the hospital, and went on coffee and lunch dates.

Buddy Day is organised by national child advocacy organisation Child Matters, which is based in Hamilton, where Buddy Day originated in 2011.

Mr Moore said Chow Hill is a proud supporter of Child Matters and its work because there were many synergies between the two organisations, including the desire to grow and do more work in more communities across New Zealand.

Chow Hill staff are given a day of paid leave each year to participate in community initiatives. Mr Moore said Chow Hill would continue to support Buddy Day, and would like to help the initiative grow into a national event. He is particularly interested in helping Child Matters bring the event into the Auckland region.

This year there were 335 cardboard ‘Buddies’ that were adopted by people in Hamilton, Auckland, Ngaruawahia, Huntly, Tokoroa, Putaruru and Tauranga by people from all walks of life, including prison guards, chefs, bankers, politicians and business and community leaders.

“Each Buddy Carer is tasked with having a conversation about Buddy Day with at least 25 people – today Buddy Day created more than 10,000 conversations about protecting our children,” said Mr Moore.

Buddy Day can be followed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/buddydaynz or its website www.buddyday.org.nz


Click for big version.

Chow Hill architect Brain Rastrick (Left) with Buddy Fred and Fletcher Construction site manager Alan Hough (Right) at Mystery Creek

.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news