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SNAPSHOTS - Reducing Harm

  • Lion Harbour 2 Michael Fowler Centre (map)

Snapshot sessions give you a 'snapshot' of a range of awesome projects happening across the motu!  You'll hear from all the presenters below, and there'll be a chance for questions and answers afterward.


'Who Are You?' - Effective sexual violence prevention education for young people

The Sexual Abuse Prevention Network's (SAPN) 'Who Are You?' (WAY) programme aims to educate participants about sexual violence prevention and ethical sexual decision making. This is achieved by addressing sexual violence definitions, the law and consent, what it means to be an ethical bystander and the different ways in which we all can be ethical bystanders. Students who participated in the WAY programme in 2017/18 were asked to complete an evaluation relating to the programme's content, its value as an educational programme, and the competency of SAPN facilitators. This presentation explores reflections on our work from a youth perspective and includes some key recommendations for information collection and evaluation.

Judy O'Brien

Fiona McNamara

Sexual Abuse Prevention Network


Youth voice in school drug policy

This presentation is based on emerging data from my Ph.D., which is examining how schools develop and implement their school drug policy. This research has looked at this from a school staff, community, and student perspective. Very little research has been done in this area and it will make a valuable contribution to schools and to young people in New Zealand. This presentation will focus on tensions that arise from multiple perspectives and how to engage young people in research and give value and meaning to their contributions. This presentation will discuss the challenges that presented throughout the study, the key findings from the study, and how we can move forward with the young people's solutions.

Annabel Prescott

Anamata CAFE


Unheard Voices: Domestic sex trafficking of rangatahi and foundations for effective intervention

Sex trafficking and forced prostitution are widely conceived as problems of 'other places'. Accordingly, there is minimal research exploring the experiences of New Zealanders who identify as having been coerced or trafficked to sell sex. Using narrative inquiry, I interviewed 16 survivors of forced prostitution or trafficking, and surveyed practitioners interacting with them. Survivors' narratives were threaded with themes of being silenced and invisibilised, even by professionals accustomed to working with more accepted categories of interpersonal violence. Further, a lack of definitional consensus and socio-political awareness of trafficking largely precluded identification of victims. However, survivors provided insight into possibilities for effective intervention and meaningful engagement that could enable long-term safety.

Dr Natalie Thorburn

University of Auckland


How young people are tackling bullying

Since 2013, Sticks 'n Stones has empowered young people to make a difference to attitudes, behaviours and norms that accept bullying. From its formation, we have been at the heart of all decision making and we think this has been a huge part in our success. Having a real chance to play our part in creating change (one person at a time) and challenging perceptions (and misperceptions) of our ideas, experiences and issues makes our involvement feel meaningful. In our presentation, we will share how our organisation works, our experience of why this is successful and our advice about taking our experience and applying it to other groups.

Abby Golden

Vanessa Breen

Red Simpson

Meg Thomas

Sticks 'n Stones