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THE Otorohanga ‘Champions’ project to re-
duce family violence and its effects on children
has received a big thumbs up from a Waikato
health, social services and community-based
programmes evaluation consultancy.
Twenty-two local champions were recruited
and trained by the Maniapoto Family Violence
Intervention Network (MFVIN) to spread the
“I’m taking a stand against family violence” word
and increase reporting of family violence.
The project received an excellent rating for
raising awareness about family violence, deliv-
ering memorable messages, letting more people
know violence is not OK and, that it is OK to
ask for help.
The ‘champions’ themselves scored excellence
for their knowledge of local help services, being
trusted and showing future commitment.
They also received excellence for their involve-
ment in community events such as Otorohanga’s
Picnic in the Park, Christmas parade and BBQ
at the Beach in Kawhia.
The effective and memorable
messages on the project’s bill-
boards and posters were
again marked as excellent
by Hamilton company –
firm’s report stated fam-
ily support services are
being used more, there
is increased reporting,
more people are coming
forward to help and there is
more open discussion on the
The report also stated Otorohanga is known
for its stand for a violence-free community.
MFVIN co-ordinator Caren Campbell says it’s
great locals are talking to the champions about
family violence issues and supporting them with
“good on you” comments.
“In just four months 20 champi-
ons logged more than 700 public
interactions, which is outstand-
ing,” says Ms Campbell.
“And now we have 22
champions making a positive
difference in the Otorohanga
“ The depth of this formal
evaluation gives a good pic-
ture of the effectiveness of the
project and, from MFVIN’s point
of view, the ‘well implemented’ rating
is a big tick.
“We also welcomed the ‘well done. You are
all doing an excellent job’ comments from the
Family violence impact
STATISTICS from Otorohanga agencies
from November 2015 to February 2016 (the
Otorohanga Champions evaluation period)
Five agencies supported 63 people in
the district (including Kawhia) where family
violence was taking place.
57% were female, 43% were male.
66% were Maori and 33% European.
38 of those people were adults (25-64
years old), 15 were aged 18-24 years old and
seven were children under 18 years.
48 households included 1-5 children.
Violence included physical, emotional,
sexual, financial and neglect. Family violence
incidents (reported by the police) rose slightly
from 94 (November-February 2014/15) to 101
in the same period 2015/16).
MFVIN champs a winner
OTOROHANGA Champions Lou and Greg Crum (above left) and 20 fellow champions have helped spread the message ‘I’m taking a stand against family violence’ at community events like
Otorohanga’s Picnic in the Park (above right). The champions campaign has been rated ‘excellent’ by an independent consultant.
TODAY is World Blood Donor Day and to
celebrate, New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS)
is reaching out to say a great big thank you to its
amazing blood donors.
Last year 110,000 New Zealanders donated
more than 160,000 units of blood, helping save
the lives of more than 42,000 Kiwis.
“For many, this great act of giving quite simply
made the difference between life and death,” says
NZBS spokeswoman Asuka Burge.
“ Their commitment ensures every single Kiwi
has access to a safe and certain blood supply.
“Donating blood is a
selfless act which has the
potential to save the life of
a total stranger.
“Today, on behalf of
New Zealand, we want
to say ‘thank you blood
donors’ and acknowledge how their generosity
touches so many lives.”
The NZBS is launching a new app for iPhone
and Android, making it easier to find a time and
place to make a blood donation.
“More than 50%
of blood donations
are made through
drives across the
country,” says Ms
“The app allows donors to book appoint-
ments, receive appointment reminders, access
maps of blood drives across the country and
share across personal social media platforms.
“Whole blood donors will also receive a spe-
cial ‘thank you’ notification when their blood
has been used to help save a fellow Kiwi’s life.”
“We hope it goes some way to remind our
donors what a wonderful difference they are
making to someone else’s life.”
The NZ Blood Service Donor App will be
available free to download for iPhone on the App
Store, and for Android devices on the Google
Play store. It is available for new and current
whole blood donors, and current plasma donors.
Platelet donors will still need to contact the
donor centres to book their appointments.
Thank you blood donors . . . for saving thousands
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