Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More

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

 

Norm Hewitt plays key role in anti-abuse campaign

Norm Hewitt to play key role in anti-abuse education campaign



Part of the family: Norm Hewitt with daughter, Elizabeth (2) and Huna the cat . “I’m teaching her to be kind to animals, so she’ll grow up to respect others”, says Norm.

ROYAL NEW ZEALAND SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

For release: 1 November 2006

SPCA TO LAUNCH MAJOR DRIVE AGAINST ABUSE OF ANIMALS AND HUMANS

Norm Hewitt to play key role in anti-abuse education campaign

------------------

The Royal New Zealand SPCA will this Friday (3rd November) launch a major educational campaign aimed at reducing violence against both animals and humans. The launch's date has been chosen to coincide with the start of the SPCA's Annual Appeal week, which lasts from 3rd to 10th November.

The campaign, will give a lead role to former All Black and 'Dancing with the Stars' Champion, Norm Hewitt, who will be leading the anti-abuse campaign and supporting the educational programme into schools throughout NZ over the next three years.

"We've called the campaign 'One of the Family' because we want animals to be safe, secure and loved members of the human families whose homes they share. And we also think that a family that truly cares for its animal members, will be a loving and responsible unit in which everyone is respected and children are safe," says the Royal New Zealand SPCA's National Chief Executive, Robyn Kippenberger.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

"Norm will take the campaign to selected schools in the Bay of Plenty, South Auckland and Wellington between now and Christmas, in the company of local SPCA representatives.

"Each year, the SPCA investigates numerous cases of violence and cruelty towards animals and, all too often, the perpetrators are children or teenagers. This is of clear and obvious concern to the SPCA, particularly when we know how the violence can escalate.

"Cruelty to animals is also an important indicator of inter-human violence. Many serious offenders commence their careers with sadistic acts against animals. Moreover, abuse or neglect of animals is often a symptom of general family violence or of children mirroring the violent behaviour meted out to them.

"Through 'One of the Family', we hope to influence young people before negative patterns of behaviour become entrenched. We aim to show that caring for animals, and particularly your own family's pets, can be incredibly satisfying. And we want children to experience the sense of empowerment that comes from taking responsibility for a creature that is dependent on you.

"An animal friend will offer love and companionship and never criticise you, even when everyone else seems to be doing just that. It's a perfect way of learning about the rewards that come from loving relationships," she adds.

Along with its work in schools, the SPCA will be running a public awareness campaign, featuring Norm Hewitt and encouraging understanding of the link between abuse of animals and humans,and particularly family violence. Families and communities need to support children in their positive behaviour towards animals.

"We're delighted that Norm has agreed to become involved with 'One of the Family'. He's a perfect example for the campaign, as he understands from his own experience, all of the issues we will be addressing," says Robyn Kippenberger.

"Norm has a young family and works pro-actively with young people through out NZ. He has been very open about his own experience of violence and is committed to breaking the cycle. As a boy, Norm had a dog who was his best friend and he now takes pleasure in the relationships between his children and the Hewitt family's animal members.

"It will be an expensive task to visit schools right across the country, but it's a job that needs to be done. We're not in receipt of government funding for this campaign or for most other aspects of our work. But we hope that every New Zealander opposed to abuse of animals and humans will consider donating to our campaign. It's an investment in our future as a caring, responsible country," Ms Kippenberger says.

Donations to the SPCA's 'One of the Family' campaign can be made online at www.oneofthefamily.co.nz, by telephoning 0900 FAMILY (0900 326 459) to make a $20.00 donation or by texting the SPCA to 4483 for a $3.00 donation. Children are asked to get their parent's permission before dialling the 0900 number.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Gordon Campbell: On The Newshub/Smokefree Twin Fiascos


Here’s a tale of two sunset industries. One has a track record of quality investigative reporting, and sound reportage of the 24/7 news cycle. The other sunset industry peddles a deadly substance that kills and injures tens of thousands of New Zealanders every year, while imposing significant annual costs on the public health system.

Which industry is this government rushing to assist..?
More


 
 


ACT: New Zealand Dodges Dopey Experiment In Prohibition

“Labour’s attempted crackdown on smokers would have delivered criminal groups a near-monopoly over the cigarette trade,” says ACT Health spokesman Todd Stephenson... More


Government: Backs Police To Crackdown On Gangs
The coalition Government is restoring law and order by providing police new tools to crack down on criminal gangs, says Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Police Minister Mark Mitchell. “Over the last five years gangs have recruited more than 3000 members, a 51 per cent increase... More


Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More


Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels


 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.