Pink health messages make Coast blush

Clockwise from top left, Students, teachers and staff at Gulf Harbour School spread the anti-bullying message. Morning assembly at Red Beach School was a sea of pink, with large numbers dressed for Pink Shirt Day. Among them were, from left, Mitchell Smith, Isabella Goldberg and Harry Short. Orewa College’s Year 7 and 8 classes display their positive slogans on Pink Shirt Day.

Primary schools, colleges, workplaces and shops on the Hibiscus Coast blushed pink on Friday, May 18 in support of Pink Shirt Day’s anti-bullying message

Pink Shirt Day has been held in NZ since 2009 as part of a national campaign against bullying.

The campaign aims to reduce bullying by celebrating diversity and positive social relationships. It began in Canada, in 2007, when a group of students stood up to defend a young person who was bullied because he was wearing a pink shirt. The students took a stand by all wearing pink shirts to show solidarity, and handing out pink shirts to their classmates.

In New Zealand, Pink Shirt Day aims to create schools, workplaces and communities where all people feel safe, valued and respected.

Orewa College’s version was Pink Manaaki Day, which included a ‘Pinknic’ at lunchtime. Each Year 7 and 8 class created a letter to spell out a word chosen by the students as a positive message – the Year 7s chose ‘uniqueness’ and the Year 8s ‘selflessness’.