ACC Associate Minister Hekia Parata will tomorrow launch a scooter safety campaign which aims to get young riders to cover up to reduce their risk of injury. “A lot of young people are riding scooters wearing light clothing, such as teeshirts, shorts and jandals,” says Ms Parata. “This means if they come off their scooter, they’re likely to sustain significant injuries.”
The campaign, called “Add an extra layer”, will start in Auckland on Monday 14 March, then move through other cities with a high number of scooter-related ACC claims, including Palmerston North, Wellington and Hamilton. It will feature scooters clad in colourful fabric, which will be ridden around to promote key safety messages.
A rise in domestic violence is likely to add to Christchurch’s misery, says the Minister of Women’s Affairs Hon Hekia Parata. Ms Parata urged those at a breakfast she hosted at Parliament this morning to mark 100 years of International Women’s Day, to be prepared for an increase in violence following last month’s devastating earthquake. “The international evidence is that domestic violence increases after big natural disasters and the increase may continue for up to a year. “This is not acceptable. Domestic violence is not acceptable at any time.’’ Ms Parata said the likely increase, and the fact that support services are themselves badly affected by the disaster, could mean added misery for some Christchurch women and families.
Disabled women may be at greater risk of domestic violence than other New Zealanders, says the Minister of Women’s Affairs Hon Hekia Parata. Ms Parata was speaking at the launch of a booklet Domestic Violence and Disabled People in Auckland today, which is the centennial of International Women’s Day. The Minister welcomed the booklet as a valuable resource which helps disabled people to be more aware of domestic violence, and provides practical advice on what to do about it. “International research shows that women with disabilities are much more likely to suffer from domestic violence than other women.
Mr English, maybe you better give this stupid woman a call and tell her seeing as we’re borrowing $300 million a week to get by, could she try and cut spending back instead of focusing on this kind of worthless PC crap. Just another blathering National Party moron. I knew she would be.