August 07, 2015
Nothing changed in Koutu
The organiser of a candle light vigil tomorrow night to commemorate 8 years since the murder of Nia Glassie in the Rotorua suburb of Koutu says nothing much has changed.
Lauren James says as far as government agencies go the only one they ever see out at Koutu is the Police and that's a punitive measure.
She says talking about family violence is still very much a taboo subject despite the huge nationwide publicity which surrounded 3 year old Nia's death.
Lauren James says while help from government agencies has been noticeably absent the community is helping itself with Maori and non-Maori coming together to form the Koutu Community Action group which is working to reinvigorate the community.
She says the vigil tomorrow night has come about because the community hasn't been through a healing process and commemorating Nia will provide an opportunity to heal.
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