Saturday, May 21, 2016
Hundreds gather in Christchurch to march for Moko
Thousands of people are taking part in marches against child abuse being held in at least six cities today. Hundreds have gathered at Aotea Square in central Auckland to March for Moko. The three-year-old boy was killed by his caregivers, and a large crowd is marching down Queen Street to raise awareness of family violence.Marchers are wearing blue clothing and holding pink and blue balloons. Signs reading "enough is enough" and "stop child abuse" are being held up. Labour MP Jacinda Ardern addressed the crowd and said change needed to be made in regards to attitudes towards family violence. "What we're here for today is to call for that change." Miss Ardern said there needed to be a different approach from Child, Youth and Family to tackling family violence. "Child youth and Family has a huge number of social workers who do a very hard job, but we have to look at what we can do differently." Maori Party MP Marama Fox said stopping family violence started in the home. "Our whole nation has taken the lives of our children for too long."Candice Nicholls and Janelle Rewa are marching with hundreds of others down Queen Street, which has been closed for the procession.