1. Chris and Henare Want to Know!

It’s hard to believe that we are over six weeks on from the "Enough is Enough" Hikoi led by Henare O’Keefe. There is no doubt that the Hikoi created a major outpour from the community keen to put a stop to the senseless violence invading our streets. But six weeks on a number of people are starting to ask questions: What was it all for? What has come of it? Where to from here?

We've been putting together some plans. We want to hear through this poll your reactions to our ideas, as well as any suggestions you'd like to make.

Please let us hear from you!

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* 1. Let's begin by hearing what concerns you most when you think about violence. "Violence" means different things and different priorities to each of us. Tell us which of the following aspects of violence concern you the most, and which concern you less.

  Not concerned at all A little concerned Fairly concerned One of my top concerns
Violence related to alcohol
Drug-related violence
Robberies and property damage
Abuse against children
Spouse or partner abuse
Youth offending
Gang violence

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* 2. "Kaumatua Rocket Reading"would be an initiative aimed at turning Flaxmere kids into some of the Bay’s best readers. This single initiative involves a book drive to establish a library on the Marae, a partnership with local schools, volunteer "Kaumatua" and one-on-one reading with children after school. What do you think of this idea?

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* 3. Flaxmere has a Neighbourhood Watch program. But we could work with Police to create a reinvigorated "Flaxmere Style" Neighbourhood Watch program where the community gets to know each other in small clusters and begins to look after each other on a more personal level. What do you think of this idea?

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* 4. "Flaxmere Sunday School" (FSS) would aim to send a message to young people when they first start to get into trouble. Effectively FSS is a "Flaxmere Community Work Order", worked at the Community Marae, which can be issued by both Flaxmere Community Police and Flaxmere Principals. FSS would be similar to a speeding ticket with no conviction and no need to go to court.

The FSS is an order to serve a day’s community work or to attend a day’s community programme to be held at the Marae either on a Sunday or during school holidays. The focus would be on returning some value to the community for the offence committed.

The Orders would be issued under the auspices of a Flaxmere Community Board, consisting of a City Council representative, a Police representative, a Flaxmere Principal, plus three community representatives. The Board would define unacceptable behaviour like vandalism, shoplifting, fighting, tagging, truancy, etc.

Young people in our community can drift into unacceptable behaviour. The FSS work order is designed to give 12 to 16 year olds a short, sharp, shock about their behaviour, without imposing a criminal record, but making sure their unacceptable actions have consequences.

What do you think of this idea?

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* 5. Thinking again about different aspects of violence, for which of the following areas would you like to see Henare and his team develop programs? PLEASE CHOOSE UP TO THREE AREAS ONLY.

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* 6. Please give us any other ideas or advice you would like us to consider.

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* 7. Would you like to be kept informed by email as the follow-up to Henare's Hikoi develops?

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* 8. Where do you live?

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* 9. How old are you?

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* 10. What is your racial or ethnic background?

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