Ruth and I talk of the statistics I have learned since I have been here. 1 in 4 of all NZ’s girls are sexually abused by 15 years of age, mostly by relatives. This is nearly 2 in 3 in the Maori population. Equally NZ has one of the worst bullying rates in the world and domestic violence is rife. What is missing in one of the most beautiful countries in the world to make their people behave so?
Some people are clearly trying to do something about it. Ruth’s own daughter is 20 and both her and her husband are part of the Destiny church. Over dinner they told me of the 2 week school tour they had just done with their church around NZ to promote change. They had been given a lot at the start of their married life so were now saving for a van to take under privileged kids on trips. Their efforts would be noteworthy for a person of any age, but at their young age they are an inspiration.
Still in regards to this as one person said to me 'we do have nice beaches though bro'