Wanaka stands up against bullying

Pink parade for anti-bullying

Some of the district’s schools will erupt into colour tomorrow (Friday 26) to recognise Pink Shirt Day, the final day of New Zealand’s Bullying Free Week.

Hawea Flat School and Mount Aspiring College (MAC) will turn pink, with students encouraged to dress in pink and take part in games and activities to make a statement against bullying and promote the mental health and wellbeing of young people.

Hawea Flat will also donate some of the funds from its $5 lunch to the Mental Health Foundation, while MAC will donate its mufti day funds to the foundation.

MAC student and Sticks ‘n Stones secretary Bella Fraser said the aim of getting students to wear pink was to show their support for the global event and to stand up against bullying, spreading acceptance, respect, compassion and kindness.

Meanwhile, all schools across the district have been spreading the message of bullying prevention throughout Bullying Free Week.


Mental Health Foundation chief executive Shaun Robinson said that more than 1000 schools, workplaces and community groups across the country have registered for this Pink Shirt Day, showing that New Zealanders are saying no to bullying and yes to kindness.

“New Zealand’s diversity should be celebrated. Everyone deserves to feel safe, valued and respected, but bullying is a significant problem in our country. We know that students who are bullied are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety and avoid going to school,” Shaun said.

“We must work together to say no to bullying and to support each other on Pink Shirt Day and every day.”


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