22 Nov 2008

Parade against family violence in Porirua

9:58 am on 22 November 2008

Hundreds of marchers and more than a dozen floats took part in the annual Strong Pacific Families parade in Porirua on Saturday.

The idea for the 8km march began four years ago, to show that family violence will not be tolerated in Pacific communities.

The marchers, some walking to the beat of Cook Islands drums, stopped traffic as onlookers showed their support with loud cheers and clapping.

Those carrying banners had to fight against strong wind to ensure their messages could be read clearly.

One banner had hundreds of coloured handprints of children with the message "these hands will never be used against violence".

The march is the start of a week of activities to showcase Pacific storytelling, cultures, traditions and talents.