About Bullying-Free NZ

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About Bullying-Free NZ 

A stylised cluster of mānuka branches underlines the Bullying-free NZ brandmark, symbolising the philosophy that underpins our approach.

Whakapūpūtia mai ō mānuka, kia kore ai e whati. ‘Cluster the branches of the mānuka, so they will not break.’

This whakatauki embodies the philosophy of Bullying-free NZ.  “Together with a shared vision, we know which direction to go, together - we can prevent bullying in Aotearoa.”

Mānuka has an important role as a pioneering plant and nurturer of the forest. The growth of mānuka is the first stage towards the growth of a new native forest. It creates shade and shelter from the wind, protecting young native plants which will eventually grow into mature forests (just as together we can all help prevent bullying of our tamariki).

Schools can’t prevent bullying alone. They need the support of whānau and communities to provide safe, positive learning environments for children and young people.

That’s why the Bullying Prevention Advisory Group set up Bullying-free NZ - we all need to work together to prevent bullying.