Next week is Bullying Free NZ Week and Sticks Central Otago would love the support of local businesses and community groups to shine a light on what is a massive issue.

Sticks Jennifer Huddleston said the organisation wanted to support more young people and also develop workplace bullying prevention resources and workshops.

“But we need your help.”

New Zealand had the highest rate of school bullying and the second-highest rate of workplace bullying in the OECD.

And that was something that needed to change, she said.

“Bullying leads to negative mental health outcomes that can last a lifetime and rob us of so much.

“We believe that New Zealand can be bullying-free but that investment in prevention is crucial for that to happen.”

Most events would be be online and descriptions and links include:

  • Panel with leaders and changemakers about steps needed for New Zealand to be bullying-free: May 17 at 7pm
  • Free online youth panel: May 19 at 7pm
  • Check out the School TV episode on bullying with ideas for parents that you could share with your teams:
  • Nominate a local legend making a difference. Find out more information here:
  • Free to Be Me/Pink Shirt Day. Schools throughout the week will be engaging in various activities and working to spread the word throughout Central Otago.
    Be on the lookout for window displays and positivity jars next week.
  • Follow on social media @nzsticksnstones