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Stop The Bus Film Project - awareness and action against child abuse

  • $10,437.00 donated
  • 84 generous donors

An interactive film documentary that implores New Zealanders to face our problem of child abuse and do more at the grass roots.

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We want to create a movement so big that it is forever etched as a time in New Zealand history where we as a nation stood for something together and committed to change.

New Zealand should be the most amazing country for a child to grow up in, but we have one of the worst rates of child abuse in the world. Children are being abused, tortured and violated every day in this country and 1 child is killed on average every 5 weeks. Our problem is so bad that it is likely to be happening in your own neighborhood. Despite what we are often led to believe the cases of abuse are happening in all parts of our society.

NZ has talked and tried different policies for years but our records show we are not improving.

For this to change, we believe that we need to take responsibility as the people of this nation.

We are creating an interactive documentary that will evoke pride in who we are as a people, and investigate what we can do at a grass roots level to influence change and bring value to our children in Aotearoa.

We have a vision of people from all walks of life, linking arms across the length of New Zealand standing up together to do what we can and commit to change for the well being of our children.




Chris and Erinna Lane of Big Kid Films and their 4 children will be traveling New Zealand in a bus for one year to create a documentary that will implore New Zealanders to face our problem of child abuse.

We believe our culture of abuse can change but understand that social change is difficult and requires a multifaceted approach. This journey will showcase ‘ordinary’ New Zealanders doing what they can to inspire and empower more New Zealanders to practice tika, pono, aroha and manaakitanga for our children.

As we travel New Zealand we will invite schools, sports clubs, churches and other community groups to come together and make a stand by linking arms across a local stretch of land. This may include iconic locations of New Zealand, pieces of highway, mountains, rivers, rugged or lush land.

The changing landscapes and our diverse people coming together will form a symbolic message for the premise of this documentary.

New Zealand is an amazing country, but let’s stop hiding, let’s be honest, let’s talk about this, let’s open our eyes, let’s own this problem, let’s commit to change. To make a difference, it involves us all. Te Whanau Whanui




This Givealittle page has been set up to raise money for a portion of our total budgeted costs for this project. As well as several fundraisers we are also seeking financial support from other funders for the remainder production budget.

We believe wholeheartedly in this cause and your donation is vital for the Stop The Bus project to obtain the resources required for maximum impact. Your help will enable us to bring this project to life and help us to create a movement that will save the lives of many New Zealand children for generations to come!

Thank you for believing in this cause and trusting us to carry out this project. Your support has already helped us achieve our Phase One target. This means we are now ready to begin! As we are now ready to get on the road we are asking for your help to achieve our Phase Two Target to assist with the vehicle maintenance and travel costs.

Can you help us?


PHASE ONE TARGET: has been achieved!

Essential Film Equipment


The Phase One total allowed us to obtain the minimum and most essential equipment that will allow us to both edit as we travel and film broadcast quality footage that portrays the look and feel we believe will resonate effectively.

We thank you for helping us reach this first milestone and enabling us to create this film to bring hope and positive change to many children of New Zealand.



Vehicle running and Travel Costs


A very generous supporter has provided us with the budget for the actual bus for the term of the Stop the Bus film project. Because of your help we now also have our most essential film equipment.

This means we are now ready to go out to the many places of New Zealand, gather the stories, spread the word, create the film inspire a stop the AbusE movement bringing change for the many children in New Zealand who need our help.

To do this we need: the bus to be registered, warranted, petrol (a lot of it), to be able to cover ferry crossing, parking and campsite costs, keep the bus road worthy to avoid any breakdowns (includes servicing, tyres, or any other mechanical needs).

Can you help us? Each dollar will help us travel another kilometre to reach more people and spread the word further.

Any money raised above the above requirements will roll over to the other essential needs of the Stop The Bus Charitable Trust as below.




All funds raised from this page will go to the Stop the Bus Charitable Trust, which is managed by independent Trustees. All money raised is required to be put towards charitable purposes in New Zealand. This is likely to include a contribution to budgeted filming and travel costs, so we can raise awareness of child abuse in New Zealand and support the people and groups in our communities who are promoting the well-being of children. The Trust also expects to make donations directly to those people and organisations we showcase in the documentary, where their projects could do with a boost. Donation decisions will be made by the Trustees of Stop the Bus Charitable Trust.

Stop The Bus Charitable Trust is a ‘not for profit’, registered charity (CC53715) with donee status meaning that your donations to this cause are tax deductible.

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Stop The Bus Charitable Trust is a ‘not for profit’, registered charity (CC53715) set up to promote the wellbeing of children in New Zealand and to create a movement in New Zealand where people feel empowered to look out for the wellbeing of children in their own communities.

  • $10,437.00 donated
  • 84 generous donors

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