May 09, 2016
Violence holding Maori back – Davis
Labour MP Kelvin Davis is calling for Maori men to step up and tackle the violence around them.
The MP, who led a hikoi last year through his Te Taitokerau electorate to raise awareness of sexual violence, says it’s a stain on New Zealand as a whole that every five minutes the police are called out to some incidence of family violence.
He says the death of Taupo three year old Moko Rangitoheriri, for which his caregivers pleaded guilty to manslaughter, is the sort of case that happens far too often and is preventable.
"Those people were't living in a vacuum. People would have seen or known or suspected what was happening and yet they did nothing. Apparently it was reported to CYFS that the boy was being abused and CYFS did nothing. We have 13 women a year being killed by a partner or a husband. Violence is the greatest issue holding us back and we have got to do something about it," Mr Davis says.
People must speak out when they see something wrong.
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