Vic Tamati calls on men to break the cycle of violence at a rally in Auckland protesting the death of a three-year-old
Tamati was speaking at a rally calling for an end to child abuse in New Zealand – following the death of three-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri at the hands of his carers last year.
New Zealand has one of the worst rates of family violence in the OECD.
According to a report by the NZ Child and Youth Epidemiology Service – a child is admitted to hospital every two days due to assault maltreatment or neglect and nearly half of those admitted are under the age of five.
‘I want to ask all the men here today to take up the challenge and the challenge is this: that we as men declare Aoteroa New Zealand a family violence-free zone’ said Tamati.
‘I grew up in the darkness.
I thought that bashing up was OK as long as I didn’t hit them with a machete.
I was so so wrong.
I did nearly 40 years of violence.
I am responsible for the death of two people – ruled as accidents by the coroners court.
Those two people aren’t coming back.
And nor is Moko’.
Moko Rangitoheriri died of horrific injuries in August last year when he was staying with friends of his mother’s.