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Young people come together for Anti Bullying Hui

27 June, 2013


A group of 70 young people will meet on Saturday 22 June on Auckland’s North Shore to spend the day discussing bullying and what can be done to address the issue from a youth perspective. The outcome of the Hui, which has been organised by Blue Light and Youthline, will be to develop a very practical set of resources to support anti bullying behaviour including an emotional first aid kit; an anti-bullying/celebrating youth campaign to be delivered via social media, a smart phone app, a parent support pack and content to be delivered via seminars.

“Bullying is widespread in New Zealand and has been shown to result in poor educational, social and emotional outcomes for our young people” said Brendon Crompton, Blue Light acting CEO. “The digital world has added a new dimension to bullying and having a group of young people come together to talk about bullying and find ways to manage and reduce it is a fantastic opportunity. The outcome of the hui is to develop a set of practical resources which will effect real change for our young people”.

During the day long Hui attendees will participate in interactive workshops and hear guest speakers Levi ‘Nek Minnit’ Hawken and Tori Mcauley who both have inspiring stories to share around bullying. Willie Losia will be MC for the day.

“Bullying is repeated, deliberate and harmful behaviour towards others. It means one person has power over another. It involves young people; their peers, adults, parents, school and home environments, and the world young people grow up in We must all work together as a community to eliminate it from our society” comments Youthline Acting CEO, Glenda Schnell.

The project has been developed by Blue Light with help from Youthline and funding was provided by Punanga Haumaru. Punanga Haumaru provides funding for community action that encourages positive social behaviour and reduces bullying of children and young people (0-19years). Te Punanga Humaru aims to build community ownership and a commitment to addressing bullying and has a preference for projects that are collaborative, have support from across the community and have a well-thought out plan to effect local change.