Labour MP Kelvin Davis hasn’t done much training ahead of walking a half-marathon for 17 days, but says the pain will be worth it if it puts a stop to sexual violence.
“Everywhere you turn you’ll hear of somebody or another disclosure, it’s everywhere and it’s not just in Te Tai Tokerau.”
“It’s across the country and it’s not just Maori – it’s right across all ethnicities and socio-economic groups – it’s just better hidden in some places,” the former Kaitaia Intermediate School principal says.
Davis has had to deal with the effects of sexual violence first-hand after members of his wider family were victims.
He was working only a six-minute drive down the road from Pamapuria School where paedophile school teacher James Parker was deputy principal. Parker was sentenced in 2013 for more than 300 offences.
Full story here: Published May 27 2015