Unison has funded construction and running costs for a custom-built mobile barbecue, which will tour Flaxmere and the Hastings District to spread the anti-violence message. The unit is called Tunutunu, Maori for “grilling.” The project is one result of the “Enough Is Enough” Hikoi led by Councillor Henare O’Keefe last year to protest community violence in the Hastings district.
Cr O’Keefe intends to use Tunutunu (or “TT”) on selected weekends to reach families who faced violence issues, and youth out on the streets in the early hours.
“We will park it up in a street or someone’s back yard light up the barbeque and get out the guitars to create a non-threatening environment where families and young people can hear the anti-violence message,” Cr O’Keefe said when TT was unveiled.
But success brings new needs. Here’s what Henare recently reported to BayBuzz:
“TT recently made her debut at the Skate Bowl in Flaxmere, 50 youth turned up on the Friday aged from 12 thru to 17, and 30 on the Saturday. As the dialogue began to unfold it was plainly obvious that many of these young people have a host of issues. It was sad to note that some of them have an intimate relationship with “Jack Daniels” and god knows what else. Also sad to note the young girls no older than 14 & 15 out on the street looking for comfort and solace in all the wrong places. I have a couple of people looking at possibilities re storage as well as further and ongoing sponsorship for sausages, meat patties, sauce, margarine and bread etc. We went through close on 200 sausages & 8 packets of sliced bread on debut, so we’re certainly going to need support here as well …
Now that we have generated some trust and familiarity with these kids I want to keep it going and take the relationship further, in the hope that we can and will make a difference. Besides, I promised them I’d be back, not thinking that I’ll be needing more supplies.”
So, if you’re in a position to help Henare and the Tunutunu outreach with donated food supplies (or a contribution toward the supplies), or if you can provide a secure storage space for the unit, email Henare at email@example.com or phone him at 0274-321-890.