Eastern Courier : July 8th 2011
www.easterncourier.co.nz Friday, July 8, 2011 More & more people are turning to our online editions everyday! Packed with extra features like video, audio, weblinks, galleries, your news and competitions, they're the ultimate multimedia experience. REE Just click on "Latest Edition" at News that you can Read, Hear & Watch! www.easterncourier.co.nz Get more online Breaking the ice: Rotary Club of Pohutukawa Coast secretary Angela Whittle and president Mark Anderson show their mettle during a pre-plunge dip at Maraetai Beach. Photo: FIONA GOODALL A dare to take the plunge By MATT BOWEN Icy sou westers and squally showers have blown in ahead of Maraetai s mid- winter plunge. Fortune will favour those who dare dive in. Major prizes are up for grabs and the person sport- ing the best costume may walk away with more than a biting icecream headache. The Rotary Club of Pohutukawa Coast is again hosting the annual fun fam- ily event. President Mark Ander- son s only concern is whether residents are brave or foolish enough to rush into the frigid sea. It s a nice exciting mid- wintry thing to do, he says, It s a dare. St John will be on site to make sure nobody gets hypothermic and the Coast- guard will keep a close eye on those taking part. Steaming hot chocolate and sizzling sausages will be ready when people emerge. Participants also get a certificate of bravery. Register at the northern end of Maraetai Beach next Sunday, July 17, from 10am for the 10.30am swim. A family costs $10 and kids $5. Phone Angela on 536-4965 for information. Asian group to target family abuse By PIP BOURKE Breaking barriers: Asian Council on Reducing Crime chairwoman Rosa Chow wants to change attitudes to family violence. Photo: FIONA GOODALL A MULTILINGUAL work- shop hopes to break through barriers associated with fam- ily violence in the Asian com- munity. Topics range from what is and isn t okay in New Zea- land to where to get help. The Family Harmony and Learning workshop aims to generate conversation around what is seen as a taboo topic. It is organised by the Asian Council on Reducing Crime, Auckland Council and The Asian Network. When Asian Council chairwoman Rosa Chow set out to discover how family violence affected her com- munity people told her it didn t exist. I held focus groups and a lot of our elderly said it doesn t happen -- we are all happy families. Mrs Chow says people in the groups didn t see beyond physical abuse. They see only fights as family violence. They didn t realise that not giving pocket money or not communicating with them is actually a form of abuse, she says. So I guess it must be how we define family violence that is the key. She says much of the lack of knowledge comes down to the Chinese community turn- ing a blind eye. There is a matter of saving face. Chinese believe that any shame should be contained within the family and not spoken to others. But we need to break that silence. Howick police say more than 10 percent of domestic violence callouts are from the Asian community. Family violence co- ordinator sergeant Erin Johnston says this is just the tip of the iceberg. I believe there are a lot more incidents than what is reported to us. In this culture to have a husband with a criminal record brings great shame on the family, so a lot of the time abuse is just swept under the carpet, he says. We will get reports from neighbours and when we go to investigate women pretend not to understand English or they deny anything happened when we bring along officers who speak their native language. Mr Johnston says Howick police attend about 50 family violence related callouts in a week. Nationally 50 percent of police callouts are family viol- ence related. That equates to one callout every eight minutes, he says. Further to that 50 percent of all homicides are a result of family violence. Mr Johnston says family violence is a huge concern for police. It s especially difficult to stop when it goes on behind closed doors. The Family Harmony and Learning workshop is at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Pakuranga, 10am to noon, July 13. The workshop will be held in Mandarin and English. There will also be translators for Cantonese speakers. RSVP to Rosa Chow at email@example.com or call 021-375-333. Go to www.eastern courier.co.nz for a list of organisations offering support.
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