Our founder Pat Magill travelled to Australia in August 2019 to meet with Brett Colllins of Justice Action Australia and to talk with his students and Aboriginal campaigners in the areas of imprisonment and child welfare. As a result the Napier Pilot City Trust is pleased to host an Aboriginal Campaigner, Helen Eason, her mother and two young aboriginal men who have turned their lives around. They will be in Napier for a week from 15 November to 22 November at the time of our Child Friendly Forum on 20 November 2019 (see coming events) and they want to participate in an exchange information with people working in these areas in Napier.
Here is a brief video of Pat’s visit and Helen and others speaking on these topics, particularly the uplifting of children.
Here is a link to Nelly’s Healing Centre, an initiative of Helen Eason’s to help Aboriginal women who have had their children uplifted by the state, to rebuild their lives.
Child Friendly Cities
The link below is to the template that UNICEF has promoted as a blueprint for developing policy that puts children at the centre of the conversation and initiatives. A city that is good for children is good for everyone. There are many links on this site to examples of the blueprint being successfully applied. See our Coming Event that will occur on 20 November every year that we are calling the Child Friendly Forum which has a goal of achieving child friendly status in Napier. Here is the text describing what a Child Friendly City would look like from the UNICEF site:
In practice, it is a city, town or community in which the voices, needs, priorities and rights of children are an integral part of public policies, programmes and decisions.
Broadly speaking, it is a city, town or community where children:
- Are protected from exploitation, violence and abuse.
- Have a good start in life and grow up healthy and cared for.
- Have access to quality social services.
- Experience quality, inclusive and participatory education and skills development.
- Express their opinions and influence decisions that affect them.
- Participate in family, cultural, city/community and social life.
- Live in a safe secure and clean environment with access to green spaces.
- Meet friends and have places to play and enjoy themselves.
- Have a fair chance in life regardless of their ethnic origin, religion, income, gender or ability.
While the primary responsibility for ensuring that children’s rights are realised lies with governments, other stakeholders such as civil society organizations, the private sector, academia and the media, as well as children themselves, also have an important role to play in building child-friendly cities.
Our guest for the 29 August 2019 Unity Hikoi was Andrew Judd. He spoke eloquently at the Kohupatiki Marae about becoming aware of the endemic racism in his community and himself toward Maori. Here is a link to a radio interview with him and Meredith Akuhata-Brown. Andrew talks about his passage from being racist to embracing Maori culture whilst Mayor of New Plymouth City Council.
A very interesting discussion.