Alex Ness from New Zealand Rugby (NZR) visited our own Aaron Agnew, Kaimahi with the Whānau Resilience service, and Lois Hewetson, Clinical Leader, just over a week ago while visiting the Nelson region. Alex is the Te Hurihanga Advisor at NZR and his role is to support the delivery of education sessions and Rugby’s response to incidents of harm. Alex has a background in therapeutic interventions with men who have done harm and also in national campaigns targeting family violence.
Over the weekend the Government announced the creation of a new ministerial role to lead the way toward dealing with one of New Zealand’s most troubling problems, family violence. Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson was appointed the country’s first-ever Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence.