Rain and wind did little to deter Makoura College students from firing up the barbecue and donning cheerful shades of pink.

The college and Bully Free Me Wairarapa teamed up to host a lunchtime sausage sizzle to celebrate Pink Shirt Day last Friday - a nationwide initiative encouraging schools to make a stand against bullying. Acting principal Jenny Gellen, wearing a shocking pink jacket, said students and staff were enthusiastic about the event, showing up in "all different kinds of pink".

"It's caused a big stir among the students," she said.

Karlene Rhind-Sutherland of Stopping Violence Services Wairarapa was on hand to give out Bully Free Me T-shirts and wristbands, which students were happy to receive.

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"Things like this are great, as they get kids having conversations about bullying and feeling comfortable enough to address the issue," she said.