Overcoming Violence in Aotearoa New Zealand:
A contribution to the World Council of Churches Decade to Overcome Violence 2001-2010
108 pages, 130 x 210mm, soft cover.
Published August 2002
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About the book and the contributors
Can we solve the problem of violence in Aotearoa New Zealand?
The contributors to this book offer us hope that we can.
- Jane and James Ritchie challenge people to first commit to end violence personally and in their families, and to then work outwards to their local communities, the country and internationally.
- Kate Birch suggests how to parent so that children gain skills and confidence rather than creating fear of punishment.
- Children’s Commissioner, Roger McClay, urges us to ensure children have quality care, to create safe environments for them and to protect them from abuse and violence.
- Brian Easton argues for a return to economic policies that promote social coherence.
- Derek Wilson advocates a fundamentally different world order and documents the hurdles to be overcome.
- Anne Powell’s sensitive poems encourage us to reflect on other’s suffering and their lives.
- Sister Tui Cadigan addresses the need for Maori women to regain their cultural and spiritual roots to restore their mana wahine.
- The young women of the group WEAVE share their commitment to creatively inspire a culture of peace and to empowering young people.
- Chris Marshall and Jim Consedine argue for restorative justice as a practical and Christian response to working with offenders and victims.
Written as a New Zealand contribution to the World Council of Churches Decade to Overcome Violence 2001–2010, this book is a tool for churches, schools, groups and individuals who want to meet the challenge of Overcoming Violence in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Who should buy this book?
- Peace group and church members
- Politicians and public policy makers
- Christian and specialist bookstores
- Organisations working with children and families
- Public and secondary school libraries