Small in number, but big in support

It was organised as a silent protest, in support of the victims of child abuse and their whanau, and given that there were only a handful of people they made a powerful point.

"With only a day or two's notice we didn't expect a big turnout," organiser Lissa Kingi-Waiaua said, "but the main thing was to show our presence and support."

"We met up with a few of the whanau, supporters, Te Hiku Mana Party staff and reporters at the courthouse, and it was good to see that many people within our community support this kaupapa.

"I met a few people who said they had been waiting for something like this to happen, waiting for someone to take that initial step.

"But don't ever wait for anybody or anything. Do it for the love, safety and well-being of your tamariki. That is where you'll find your strength, your courage and your determination. Kaua e whakama, whanau ma."

The show of public support for victims, and of the community's distaste for sexual offending against minors, will culminate with a hikoi against child abuse in Kaitaia on Wednesday March 13, from the old Pak 'n Save car park to the courthouse.

- Northland Age

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