United against family violence
by Andy Bryenton
On September 20, a powerful message promoting stronger families and an end to violence in the whanau will be shouted loud by a combined group of community-minded organisations in Dargaville, as varied as schools, kaumatua, churches and kids themselves.
Voices of Tamariki Everywhere is the name of a music and dance event for the whole family, with a message of hope for both young people and their parents. The aim, according to passionate event organiser Dianna (Waima) King, is to celebrate the power of family, and the importance of caring relationships in growing today’s kids into tomorrow’s adults.
To this end, Dianna and fellow organiser Rebecca Davidson have enlisted entertainment from many sources to host a dance party and uplifting concert event, free of charge for local families to enjoy together.
There will be performances from St Joseph’s choir, Selwyn Park School’s kapa haka group, the Dargaville Intermediate dance crew, and even a musical number from the team from Te Ha Oranga. Added to this will be the large sound system and party music of the town’s Zumba instructors, who have also pitched in with fellow Zumba tutor Dianna to bring a party atmosphere. Countdown Supermarket has offered free bottled water and sweets to keep young attendees full of energy as they have fun with their families, enjoying the free evening of song and dance.
The event, promoted as a ‘free festival of positivity against family violence’ begins at 5.15pm on Friday, September 20 at the Dargaville Town Hall and is 100 per cent family-friendly.