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This develops the will of the student to advance independently through his or her individual effort, thereby providing a genuine feeling of accomplishment. The possibilities for each child then become endless. To find out how your child can experience this joy of learning, contact us now! ■■ By Farida Master It’s shocking but true. If a child is abused, it takes an average of 20 years for him/her to speak up. It took Amber Lehndorf ’s brother around 27 years to tell his family about the sexual abuse he faced as a10-year-old. Addressing Year 13 students of Macleans College recently, Auckland Child Abuse spokesperson, Ms Lehndorf along with Jock Jamieson, chair of Sensible Sentencing Trust and Jessica McVicar, youth advocate of Sensible Sentencing Trust, (SST) disclosed some scary statistics. One in three girls may be sexually abused before she turns 16-years-old. One in seven boys many be sexually abused by adulthood. Sharing her 37-year-old brother’s story, Ms Lehndorf told a group of social science students how her mother missed all the signs because she was dealing with her own pain of separation with their father. She said it takes an average of 20 years for a victim to speak up. “Mum and Dad were going through a divorce and so when my brother was behaving differently, my mum thought he was finding it hard to cope with it.” “He was being sexually abused for two years by his softball coach who took advantage of the turmoil our family was going through,” she said. It was only recently that her oldest brother called the family from Australia saying that he was coming home to discuss an urgent matter. “He couldn’t live with the secret anymore. You don’t have to be like my brother who battled with it for 25 years before he told the family and reported it to the police. After investigation, three other men came forward with 19 charges. Public Awareness and education speaker Sensible Sentencing Trust and Macleans College teacher Mr Jamieson encouraged students to speak up if anything is not right. He asked them to “play judge” as he presented cases of manslaughter over the years. Students were shocked when they realised how, in most homicide cases, the criminal is protected and eligible for parole after one third of the sentence while the victim has to go through their private hell alone. Jessica, whose dad Garth McVicar is the founder of SST, role-played with Ms Lehndorf, about how one should handle a sensitive situation when a friend confides in you about being sexually violated. It gave the students an opportunity to know how to support victims of crime and help report it without making any judgment. sensiBle sentencing Supporting victims of violent crime ■■ By Marianne Kelly Achallenge – a Wero – was laid down this week for novice paddlers to Olympic champions as the waters at New Zealand’s first man-made white water facility were switched on and Prime Minister John Key declared the park officially open. Close to 20 years have gone by since the Vector Wero Whitewater Park was a glint in the eye of Sir Noel Robinson, chairman of the Second Nature Charitable Trust (formerly the Counties Manukau Pacific Trust). After 10 years in the making, the park, next to the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, came to life on Tuesday as a waka led a procession of kayakers and rafters onto the water, among them members of the New Zealand Canoe Slalom paddling team who tested the waters over Anzac weekend. Mr Key said the facility was a great asset for young people who wanted to have fun but also for those involved in the kayaking and rafting sport. He described Sir Noel as being “like a dog with a bone, never letting up on his vision”. “ This park is remarkable; it has been an enormous task. The more we can provide this type of opportunity for young people the more we can build stronger communities.” Wero, Sir Noel said, was about laying down a challenge. The journey had been a partnership between Auckland Council, central government, corporates, other sponsors and funding trusts. “Without the support this community would miss out on what is normal in other parts of the country. “ The park is already being talked about around the world,’ he said. “It will deliver many aspirations and inspire youth to reach new heights. “In seeing the talent of children who come here, it helps unlock something in them, sparking their natural curiosity and desire to learn.” The $40 million complex features grade 2/3 and 3/4 rafting courses and a one hectare pond. It boasts the world’s first man-made and controlled 4.5 metre waterfall. Kiwi Olympic kayaking champion Ian Ferguson is Wero’s general manager. Richard Jeffery, the trust’s chief executive says the aim is to get 15,000 children through the small course and 35,000 rafters through the big course every year, with the business model allowing affordable access for the community. The complex opens this weekend for casual paddlers. It will host an international invitational kayaking regatta in November and World Masters Games water events in 2017. wero White water park flowing MeMorial New shrine in Beachlands for Anzacs Some residents with a panoramic view of Sunkist Bay that has been partially blocked by the memorial are not too happy with the new development. This hasn’t stopped the former British Army paratrooper battling on and galvanising support from prominent members of the community. Mr Harris, who saw the Berlin wall built in 1961 when he was serving in Germany, says that while there have been talks of building a memorial in Beachlands for a while, he decided to put it into action. “Last year when we introduced the service for the Gallipoli commemoration, we had to go to Clevedon to place our wreaths. This year we can have them here,” he says proudly pointing to the border of poppies installed by school children. With the help of a committee that includes a member of the Subritzky shipping family, local iwi, Manukau Beautification Trust, Air Training Corps and the Duder family, the memorial was built four weeks ago. After Mr Harris designed a model with the inscription of the poem `Spirit of Anzac’, he was told the temporary structure would cost $2000. “I didn’t know where that money was going to come from until the Manukau Beautification Trust came forward and paid for it,” he says. “Now we as a committee will work with the community and the council towards fund-raising for a permanent memorial that will cost around $50,000.” Kayakers tackle the controlled 4.5 metre waterfall. Photo Wayne Martin ■➤ From page 1 Jock Jamieson – chair of the Sensible Sentencing Trust John Harris at the newly-installed Beachlands-Maraetai RSA temporary memorial.
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