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Update from the White Ribbon Trust: 20th June 2019

Wednesday, June 26, 2019   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, violence, women, abuse, campaign, workplace, business, young people, leadership, conferences

Kia ora. We're doing something very special today. We're highlighting a podcast created by White Ribbon Ambassador and Trustee Mark Longley.

When the White Ribbon campaign Trust was formed, it was announced on the anniversary of Mark's daughter Emily Longley's death. Her murder devastated the Longley family and New Zealanders were appalled not only at the brutality of the murder, but also because her death was totally avoidable. 

It is small consolation that her murderer sits in a British jail or that his parents were locked up for obstruction of justice - Mark and the Longley family lost Emily because if Elliot Turner couldn't have her, no one could.

We're highlighting these podcasts - not because we as an organisation owe Mark (and we do) - but because so many of our community are affected by death and don't know what to do or how to act.

White Ribbon helped organise vigils last year when backpacker Grace Millane was killed, so that people could express how they felt, show their love towards Grace, and take a stand against men's violence. 

We are all affected by death. It could be members of our whanau, friends, or colleagues. The death could be expected or out of the blue. Some of us will hold a funeral, others a tangi, but one thing doesn't change - the loss we feel and perhaps the loss we suppress.

So let's take this opportunity to give ourselves more coping tools and a better understanding of death.

Kia kaha Mark. You're an inspiration to our team and once again. Thank you for sharing.

Rob McCann
White Ribbon Manager

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The Death Podcast

"I have spoken to people who have experienced grief, from losing a father to suicide to a grandmother 20 years ago whose loss is still keenly felt. I spoke to experts and colleagues and looked at both the process of grieving and helping those we know are mourning. And here is the thing: death, for all its inevitability, sucks. It doesn't matter if it is your daughter, your grandmother, your spouse or a relative, it sucks and yet it remains taboo in many societies, and I wanted to challenge that."

Listen to episodes of The Death Podcast from Mark Longley.

Grace Millane Update

White Ribbon New Zealand has now received an extremely generous donation of £1092 from jewellery maker LL Loves in the UK.

The tragic murder of British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand last December brought New Zealanders together in condemnation of this appalling act of violence.yo

In the months since her death Grace’s family and friends have committed themselves to fundraising and awareness-raising events to honour her memory.

They worked with LL Loves - one of Grace’s favourite jewellery makers - to produce a beautiful bracelet featuring an enamel White Ribbon. It is available in sterling silver or gold vermeil. Each comes in a white linen pouch designed by Grace’s family that has one of her favourite quotes on the front.

Order your Grace's Ribbon bracelet from LL Loves.

LL Loves has offered to donate twenty percent from all New Zealand orders to White Ribbon New Zealand at the request of Grace’s family. The funds will go towards our Youth Ambassador Leadership Programme.

Read the article about honouring Grace Millane.

White Ribbon Youth Ambassador Leadership Programme (YALP)

White Ribbon is teaming up with Wellington College to get our Youth Ambassador Leadership Programme underway in the wider Wellington Region. The White Ribbon Youth Ambassador Leadership Programme supports high school students to promote respectful behaviour.

We are holding a day long workshop on 2nd August 2019 with Ambassadors such as Mark Longley, Eteuati Ete from the Laughing Samoans, White Ribbon Riders, NZ Police, local support services and all four local Mayors.

The workshop educates and activates young people, providing them with the knowledge and skills to lead and create action within their schools and wider communities and links them to White Ribbon Ambassadors who can mentor them.

Students then go back into their school communities as Youth Ambassadors  who are able to spread the kaupapa within their peer groups 

Find out more about the White Ribbon Youth Ambassador Leadership Programme.

White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation

White Ribbon has been working with a range of businesses and organisations to engage more workplaces in effective violence prevention. Internationally and locally, businesses and organisations have been identified as environments in which to prevent violence because:

  • family and sexual violence has a direct cost for businesses, through staff absenteeism and turnover, and loss of productivity.
  • employers have health and safety responsibilities for the safety of staff, including the risk of violence in the workplace.
  • actively preventing violence can improve staff morale and drive greater productivity.
  • supporting anti-violence initiatives enhance the business’s reputation as a good employer, an ethical organisation and active supporter of the local community.

White Ribbon will:

  • Work with you to ensure your policies are appropriate.
  • Set up and provide family violence/harm training for employees and or your managers.
  • Work with you to ensure your business actively supports violence prevention internally and externally.

Contact White Ribbon now to find out more about Workplace Accreditation (contact[at]

2nd Annual Workforce Inclusion and Diversity Conference

This conference in Auckland (28th to 30th August 2019) is the perfect platform to gain actionable insights and attend interactive sessions that will inspire you to propel change at your organisation.

Boost your D&I strategy with tips and tools from over 30 diverse speakers including our very own White Ribbon Board Member and Ambassador Anna Campbell - who will facilitate a roundtable on supporting employees in the workplace dealing with domestic violence.

Get more information on the Workforce Inclusion and Diversity Conference.

Register for the Annual Workforce Inclusion and Diversity Conference online to receive an an EXCLUSIVE 10% discount with the VIP discount code ‘WR10’.

White Ribbon Resources

Help us to take the next steps in your community

Contact White Ribbon to discuss any of these opportunities (contact[at]

  1. Nominate someone to become a White Ribbon Ambassador in your community.
  2. Get a local business involved in violence prevention by undertaking White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation.
  3. Get a Youth Ambassador Scheme up and running in your local schools.

Support White Ribbon by getting the Entertainment Book

The Entertainment Book, and the Entertainment Digital Membership, are your guide to the most popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more.

  • Discover over $20,000 worth of valuable up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers
  • Exclusive Member rates at over thousands of hotels and resorts around the world
  • Member-only priced cinema tickets, theme park tickets, flights, gift cards and more
  • Access to valuable rental car offers you can book online with ease
  • Easy online search, mapping and reviews of participating businesses

Order your Entertainment Book to support White Ribbon.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch