Bullying prompts student message

STUDENTS from Waikirikiri School made a statement with posters and banners to send a strong message about the right sort of behaviour in the new Waikirikiri Park playground.

The students gathered at the park to call for the local community to ensure their playground was a safe environment for all children.

Gisborne police Constable Carolyn Hodgkinson said there had been some incidents of bullying and intimidation in the playground. “The bad behaviour only involves a very small percentage of children but they spoil it for the vast majority of children who just want to go there and play.”

Some of the messages displayed were “Have kind hands and feet”, “No more fighting”, “Look after us and our park” and “He Wahi Haumaru Ma Tatou Katoa Waikirikiri - This is a safe place for us all in Waikirikiri”.

“Nga mihi to Waikirikiri School for leading the way,” Constable Hodgkinson said.

“The beautiful park and playground should be there for everyone to enjoy and we hope the community gets the message.

“It’s all about manaakitangi (respect, kindness, support). That’s how we roll in Kaiti.”

There has also been some graffiti vandalism at the new playground.

It was opened in late October at a cost of $150,000.

STUDENTS from Waikirikiri School made a statement with posters and banners to send a strong message about the right sort of behaviour in the new Waikirikiri Park playground.

The students gathered at the park to call for the local community to ensure their playground was a safe environment for all children.

Gisborne police Constable Carolyn Hodgkinson said there had been some incidents of bullying and intimidation in the playground. “The bad behaviour only involves a very small percentage of children but they spoil it for the vast majority of children who just want to go there and play.”

Some of the messages displayed were “Have kind hands and feet”, “No more fighting”, “Look after us and our park” and “He Wahi Haumaru Ma Tatou Katoa Waikirikiri - This is a safe place for us all in Waikirikiri”.

“Nga mihi to Waikirikiri School for leading the way,” Constable Hodgkinson said.

“The beautiful park and playground should be there for everyone to enjoy and we hope the community gets the message.

“It’s all about manaakitangi (respect, kindness, support). That’s how we roll in Kaiti.”

There has also been some graffiti vandalism at the new playground.

It was opened in late October at a cost of $150,000.

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