Support for troubled young ones rockets to the fore

Friday June 28, 2019 Written by Published in Health
Punanga Tauturu (PTI ) coordinator Rebeka Buchanan. 17102518 Punanga Tauturu (PTI ) coordinator Rebeka Buchanan. 17102518

Counsellors say they are ready to help young people, regardless of their age, sexuality or psychological issues.


The offer of support comes as the movie Rocketman highlights the challenges faced by young people, dealing with tough issues like drugs, alcohol and sexuality.

Last night, there was a special one-off screening of the R18 movie about the life of musician Elton John, in association with Cook Islands News.

The newspaper gave away tickets and made a donation to Punanga Tauturu Incorporated, a counselling organisation.

Punanga Tauturu coordinator Rebekah Buchanan reminded people of the availability of counselling services on the island.

They were primarily focused on domestic violence and abuse, but their doors were open to everyone.

There was also a counselling centre supporting men, Buchanan said.

“We will help anyone who are going through violent relationships in any way we can,” she said.

Punanga Tauturu would also help people with access to the justice system, and dealing with the police

Fiona Pearson was the winner of the movie tickets for the final screening of Rocketman.

She was gutted to have missed the first screenings of the film, before it was pulled from the cinema two weeks ago.

Born in Scotland, she grew up with Elton John’s music, she said. “My dad says it's the best concert he’s ever been to and well, he is just an absolute icon of our times isn't he.”

With her partner Paul Dwane, the couple were looking forward to a rare night out. 

1 comment

  • Comment Link Henry Tuesday, 02 July 2019 11:59 posted by Henry

    Great to see counseling services are improving and expanding on Raro. brilliant job Rebeka.!!.

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