Eugene Ryder

Black Power, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Awa, Wellington

“I am committed to speaking up when I witness violence, especially against children. Sometimes I think we often don’t think about what this means. To me it means when the uncle clips the kids’ ears because they were playing around the hangi hole, I need to say something. When mum takes her child aside to verbally threaten them with violence, I need to say something. Because if I don’t, they will think that is the only way one should deal with different situations.”